Sauvignon Blanc originates from France where it is the prominent
grape in the Loire Valley wines of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé.
California, Sauvignon Blanc is widely planted in all wine
regions except for the cool climate areas. Sauvignon
Blanc is a distant second to Chardonnay in the number of
New Zealand is one of the world’s top
producers of Sauvignon Blanc.
In California, Sauvignon Blanc
is made in different styles. Some winemakers choose
to ferment and age their Sauvignon Blanc wines in stainless
steel tanks. Other winemakers will age their Sauvignon
Blanc in oak barrels. Others will add small amounts
of Semillon grape to add a bit of other flavors to
Fume Blanc is the same grape as Sauvignon
Blanc. Fume Blanc refers to the smoky flavors that
occur when the Sauvignon Blanc wine has been aged
Sauvignon Blanc is a light wine that is
crisp and acidic. It is usually a dry wine.
aromas and flavors are herbaceous, grassy,
hay, citrus, and grapefruit.
Blanc is very food friendly. It is great
with white fish, shucked oysters, and
light foods. Filet of Sole,
breaded and fried with a tartar sauce is a great match.
California Wineries Producing Our Favorite Sauvignon Blanc