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Know your grape #3 Sauvignon Blanc

Quick and easy guide to one of the most common crowd pleasing wines – Sauvignon Blanc , that has an unexpected more serious side.

Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine grape that orginated from France. Now this grape variety is one of the most widely planted in the world. Wines made from it are mostly light, refreshing and their aromas remind freshly cut grass, lime, citrus fruits and herbs.

They are meant to be drunk fresh and very cold. They tend to have big amount of acidity and light texture. There are high differences in wie aromas between different parts of the world. For example Californian SB tend to have peach notes, while New Zeland SB is rich in passion fruit aromas. Classic SB from France is commonly associated with lime flavours.

Perfect companion to a salad, seafood or as a refreshing drink during hot summer.

Main growing countries are France, New Zealand, Chile and South Africa.

What most people don’t know is that there is also a growing group of much more serious types of this wines.

Oak aged Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux in France that are much more bold and complex. Many places in the world now replicate this style, making more deep in flavour wines. These wines introduce heavier structure and spice armas from oak contact.

Sauvignon blanc from Sancerre and Saint-Bris AOC region in Franceare are also very interesting because they tend to be more complex and full bodied because of special soil and climate conditions. They also are somtimes aged in oak.

Fun fact: Sauvignon Blanc is a parent grape (with Cabernet Franc) of Cabernet sauvignon, the red grape that is number 1 planted grape variety in the world.

Do you like Sauvignon Blanc and will like to try an alternative ? Try:

  • Verdejo
  • Albarino
  • Vermentino
  • Garganega (Soave)
  • Gruner Veltiner

Suggested food pairings :

  • For light Sauvignon Blanc: salads, seafood
  • For oak aged or Sancerre/Saint Bris : zucchini, asparagus, cauliflower, turkey, chicken

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