What is Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a grape variety that never fails to impress with its crisp acidity and distinct, herbaceous aromas. This white wine grape, widely grown in France, particularly in the Loire Valley, Bordeaux and New World regions such as California, New Zealand and Chile, is a true reflection of terroir. The wine presents a bouquet of green grass, gooseberry, and grapefruit, and the palate is met with a refreshing zest, making it a perfect accompaniment to seafood and salads.

It is often fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, which preserves the bright, lively flavors of the grape, and when blended with other white wine grapes such as Semillon, it creates complex, well-balanced wines that are a treat for any wine connoisseur. Sauvignon Blanc is a must-try for those who appreciate dry, refreshing wines with a high acidity. It’s an elegant wine that never disappoints.

How to pronounce Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is pronounced “so-veen-yawn blahnk” or “so-veen-yawn blonk”

What is Sauvignon Blanc also known as

Sauvignon Blanc is also known by a few different names, depending on the region where it is grown. In France, it is sometimes referred to as “Fumé Blanc” in reference to its smoky or flinty aroma, and in Italy, it is known as “Fiano”. In Spain, it is called “Verdejo” and in some parts of South Africa, it is referred to as “Steen”.

What does Sauvignon Blanc taste like

Taste profile

High Acidity, Medium Alcohol, Medium minus Body, 

Primary Flavours

Gooseberry, Honeydrew, Grapefruit, White Peach, Passion Fruit

Storage & Handling

Sauvignon Blanc should be stored and served cold, ideally between 45-55°F (7-13°C) to bring out its bright acidity and fresh flavors. It is best to store Sauvignon Blanc in a cool, dark place with a consistent temperature such as a cellar, with a recommended aging time of 1-5 years. When handling Sauvignon Blanc, it is not necessary to decant the wine, as it should be poured directly from the bottle into a clean, white wine glass. This will enhance the wine’s aroma and flavors. It is important to ensure that the glass is clean and free of any residue or detergent as it can affect the taste of the wine.

Food Pairing

What do you pair with Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that truly shines when paired with the right dish. Its bright acidity and distinct aromas of green grass, gooseberry, and grapefruit make it a perfect match for seafood. The wine’s crispness complements the delicate flavors of grilled fish, oysters, and sushi beautifully, creating a truly harmonious pairing.

When it comes to salads, Sauvignon Blanc is a natural choice. Its acidity cuts through tangy or acidic dressings, making it a great match for salads with vinaigrette or lemon-based dressings.

Herbs also play a big role when pairing Sauvignon Blanc, particularly those with a grassy or herbaceous flavor such as basil, cilantro, and parsley. These flavors complement the wine’s aromatics and create a truly elevated pairing experience.

Sauvignon Blanc also pairs well with a variety of vegetable dishes, especially those with a high acidity, such as tomatoes, asparagus, and bell peppers.

When it comes to cheese, Sauvignon Blanc is a great companion for tangy or acidic cheeses such as goat cheese, feta, and brie.

Lastly, the wine’s acidity and freshness makes it a great match for spicy food, particularly those with green herbs or chilies as ingredients, such as Thai or Vietnamese cuisine.

Where is Sauvignon Blanc grown?

Sauvignon Blanc is a grape variety that is grown in some of the most renowned wine regions around the world. In France, the Loire Valley and Bordeaux regions are known for producing Sauvignon Blanc with crisp acidity and flavors of green apple and gooseberry, while the Bordeaux Sauvignon Blancs are often blended with Semillon to create more complex and nuanced wines.

New Zealand’s Marlborough region is renowned for producing Sauvignon Blanc with intense tropical fruit flavors such as passionfruit and guava, and a strong herbaceous character. In California, Napa Valley is well-known for producing rich and full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc with tropical fruit and citrus flavors.

Chilean Sauvignon Blanc is known for its fresh and zesty style with flavors of grapefruit and lime, particularly from the regions of Casablanca and San Antonio. South Africa’s Western Cape region is known for producing Sauvignon Blanc with ripe tropical fruit flavors and good acidity.

In Italy, the grape variety is grown under the name of Fiano, and it’s known for its complexity and minerality, particularly from the regions of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Tuscany and Campania. In Spain, the grape variety is grown under the name of Verdejo and it’s known for its freshness, acidity, and a herbaceous character, particularly from the region of Rueda.

Sauvignon Blanc is a versatile grape variety that can adapt to different terroirs and climates, making it a great option for wine lovers looking for a refreshing and complex wine. As a sommelier, I highly recommend trying Sauvignon Blanc from different regions to experience the diversity of this grape variety.