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[Credit: Caliterra Tributo Sauvignon Blanc by Caliterra]

 

Sauvignon Blanc is the hipster of wine. It’s one of the first fine wines to be bottled with a screw cap and doesn’t age well, so grab it while it’s young. Depending on the climate, Sauvignon can be bold and grassy or sweet and tropical. 

 

Grape-ography

 

[Credit: Sauvignon Blanc grapes by clockworknate]

 

Sauvignon Blanc was born in 18th century France, gaining its saucy reputation in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux vineyards. 

 

  • If you want a nice blend, Bordeaux kicks out the best - often with Semillon. 
  • If you want prestige, pick something from Sancerre in the Loire Valley. These Sauvignon Blancs are world famous for smokiness and crisp hints of herb. 
  • If you want a dessert wine, Sauternes is the way to go. From a village outside Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc blends into a sweet but complex wine with a rich nose. 

 

Paired Up

 

When slightly chilled, Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with fish or cheese. 

 

Fish: raw or steamed shellfish or grilled halibut. It’s one of the few wines that pair well with sushi. 

Cheese: Sancerre works well with strong goat or semi-hard cheeses. Sauternes does well with strong blue cheese. 

Vegetarians: Green salad, grilled asparagus with lemon. 

Entire countries: Sauvignon Blanc works well with Japanese and Chinese Food.


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