Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine that was born in Bordeaux and Loire Valley regions of France. Its taste is different from other white wines, like the world famous Chardonnay, because of the grape’s green and herbaceous flavour. Being one of the most widely planted grapevines in the world, Sauvignon Blanc comes in a variety of styles and flavours.
The most prominent flavours of the wine are of lime, white peach, green apple and passion fruit. Once again, the flavour will vary all the way from zesty lime to fruity peach, depending on how ripe the grapes are when the wine is made. In warm regions, the grapes develop tropical fruit notes that may result in dull flavour if overripe. In colder places, Sauvignon Blanc develops green flavours along with a slight note of passion fruit.
While Sauvignon Blanc wines are mostly made dry, some winemakers from New Zealand and California actually add a tiny bit of sugar to enrich the texture. The grape is grown pretty much everywhere in both the Old World (France, Italy, Spain) and the New World (New Zealand, USA, Chile, South Africa, and Australia. As a result, the wine itself is generally quite affordable.
When picking the right cuisine for your Sauvignon Blanc, you can confidently go green. Subtle herbaceous notes in the wine will go well with similar green herbs, white meats and fish, and all sorts of briny and sour cheeses.