As one of the most widely planted grapes in the world, Sauvignon Blanc wine has a wide range of tastes and style — perfect for finicky wine tasters! Even still, it stands out among white wines for its unique green and herbaceous flavors. Depending on how it's made, the flavor can range from fresh lime to round-flavored peach. But it's the notes just below it that set it apart, including bell pepper, jalapeño, gooseberry and grass. If you're into earthy wines, look no further!
Sauvignon Blanc dates back to 18th-century France, where it gained prominence in both Bordeaux and Loire Valley vineyards. While it owes much of its popularity to the French Bordeaux region, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular varieties. But Sauvignon Blanc is made almost everywhere, from Italy and Spain to the United States and Chile. Did we mention it's one of the world's most popular wines? Because that fact is worth repeating.
Sauvignon Blanc is now the world's eighth most widely produced grape. Only Chardonnay is more popular among white wines. If this was a race, though, they'd both be winners in our book!
How Does Sauvignon Blanc Differ From Chardonnay?
Both Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are made in a variety of styles, so each can feature crisp, dry notes or sweet dessert characteristics. In their most extreme forms, the wines are not at all similar, and yet, varieties can showcase commonalities. Confused yet? We'll try to clarify.
In general, Sauvignon Blanc is sweeter, more herbal and crisper than Chardonnay. Chardonnay tends to be richer and fuller with warm vanilla notes.
Chardonnay is considered the "queen" of white wines because it's the most popular and widely loved. It's smooth and rich with dominating fruit flavors and a good acidity balance. Sauvignon Blanc is lighter and more refreshing with a higher acidity. If you prefer fuller, sweeter notes, Sauvignon Blanc made in Australia or the United States will be to your liking.
How to Pair:
The herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc taste pairs well with other green herbs such as parsley, rosemary, basil, cilantro and mint. It's particularly popular with delicate fish and seafood dishes, mild vinaigrettes, oysters and green vegetables. You can also pair Sauvignon Blanc with white meats, such as veal or chicken. One of the most classic pairings for this dry white wine, however, is with a robust, soft cheese, especially goat cheese.
How Do You Say Sauvignon Blanc?
Now, that you have a solid knowledge of Sauvignon Blanc, impress your friends further by knowing its correct pronunciation:
Sauvignon = "So-vee-nyon" Blanc = "Blahn"
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