Happy National Sauvignon Blanc Day!
Let’s celebrate this beloved wine by taking a look at what exactly it is. After all, it’s one of the most popular white wines for a reason.
Sauvignon Blanc is known for its grassy and refreshingly crisp taste. It has high levels of acidity and a low amount of sugar. The grape originated in the same region where two other popular red grapes came from, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It’s believed that the name originated from the French word Sauvage, meaning wild. The grapes used for Sauvignon Blanc grew like a weed throughout the region.
The primary flavors of this wine include gooseberry, honeydew, grapefruit, white peach, and passion fruit. It has a medium-light body with a dry taste. Typically ranging from 11-13.5% ABV, it has a higher acidity flavor than other white wines. The grape used for Sauvignon Blanc is primarily grown in the regions of France, New Zealand, Chile, and South Africa.
In France, Sauvignon Blac is typically best when grown in the Lorie Valley because of its cool climates. It produces a fruity and tart wine. In New Zealand, the grapes grown in Marlborough’s, once again, because of its atmospheric conditions. Sauvignon Blanc in Chile grows alongside Chardonnay in Aconcagua. And in South Africa, the grapes grown there are similar to in NZ, with a zesty, grassy, and grapefruit flavor. While other places grow Sauvignon Blanc, these four produce the most in the world.
Let’s talk about food pairings with Sauvignon Blanc. Regionally, this white wine was originated in the same place as goat cheese. Exactly 2 miles away from Lorie Valley in France. Therefore, things that are a regional match typically are a good match together. It also goes great with fresh herb dishes and Asian flavors like Thai food. When it comes to pairing Sauvignon Blanc with meat, try doing lighter meat or fish like chicken, turkey, pork, or even crab, lobster, or salmon.
As we roll into summer, this will be the perfect drink to sip on for those warmer days.
Here is a cocktail you make using Sauvignon Blanc.