Learn about Sauvignon Blanc

A refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from Paso Robles

Learn about Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is the second most popular white wine purchased in the U.S. Sauvignon Blanc is also extensively produced in New Zealand. In the Loire Valley of France, the wines of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé are made with the Sauvignon Blanc grape. A White Bordeaux wine is also mostly Sauvignon Blanc. California Sauvignon Blanc wines tend to be made in two styles. One style is similar to Sancerre: dry, acidic, and herbaceous. These Sauvignon Blanc wines often have a touch of the Semillion grape and some are partly fermented in the barrel or even concrete egg-shaped tanks. The second style resembles the Sauvignon Blanc wines of New Zealand. They tend to have citrus flavors, gooseberry, and tropical fruit. A few domestic wineries use Fumé Blanc instead of Sauvignon Blanc. This is a marketing tool; the wine is Sauvignon Blanc.

The character of Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc wines tend to be light and refreshing, crisp and aromatic. Most Sauvignon Blanc wines are made to drink within one year. Cut grass, gooseberry, grapefruit, melon and honeysuckle are some of the characteristics found in Sauvignon Blanc. An additional article, What’s in Your Sauvignon Blanc?

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Sauvignon Blanc on the vine