Originating in France, Sauvignon Blanc is now widely planted throughout the world. This is the varietal that introduced wine drinkers all over the world to the wineries of New Zealand. Those wines feature intense aromas of tart grapefruit and fresh cut grass and herbs. Wines from California tend to possess notes of tropical fruits in addition to the bright citrus aromas. Examples from France range from the wines of Sancerre – featuring aromas of lime zest and fresh herbs – to the dry whites of Bordeaux – balancing the bright acidity of Sauvignon Blanc by blending with rich Semillon grapes.
Sauvignon Blanc is usually fermented and/or aged in neutral containers like stainless steel to preserve the fresh fruit flavors. A few examples are aged in oak barrels to add additional notes and complexity. In California, these wines are often marketed as Fume Blanc.
Food Pairing: Shellfish, salads
Pronunciation: so-vee-NYOHN BLAHNK