Sauvignon blanc is one of the world’s most popular wines. You’ll find it in restaurants, bars and wine stores all over North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. It’s so light and crisp that it goes with plenty of popular dishes, including decadent pastas, tangy cheeses and briny seafood. Heck, you could even serve it with a BLT, and it would taste great. Get the 4-1-1 on all things sauvignon blanc related, so you can serve your white wine without fear of judgment.
Sauvignon Blanc Basics 101
Before we get too caught up in the complexities of this wine, let’s talk basics. Sauvignon blanc is one of the most popular wines in the U.S., thanks to its affordable price point and widespread availability. You could just as easily order a glass (or a bottle) at French Laundry in Sonoma as you would a TGI Fridays in Milwaukee. That doesn’t mean that all sauvignon blancs are created equally, though!
Where Does It Come From?
Originally, this refreshing white wine hailed from France’s Bordeaux region and the Loire Valley. But thanks to similar growing conditions in California, many of the best sauvignon blancs are now produced in Sonoma and Napa Valleys. You can also find sauvignon blancs from New Zealand and Australia, too.
What Does It Taste Like?
Most sauvignon blancs are on the drier side, but you can now find some with a touch of sweetness, too. Most of these wines have a medium to medium-high acidity and taste best chilled. Some SBs are oaked, and you can taste the oak right in the wine. Other flavors you can expect to taste in these wines include lime, green apple, white peach, grass, green bell pepper, vanilla, nutmeg and cream.
You can even find sparkling sauvignon blanc now, which makes sense. This dry, refreshing wine can only be made better with a little effervescence.
Choosing Sauvignon Blanc
When it comes to choosing dry white wines, just opt for the ones you like. How do you know what you like? You’re gonna need to try a few wines at a few different price points — and (preferably) from a few different regions.
Head to a vineyard or a tasting room to try several different vintages. Most experts at these spots can even dish on some details of the wine — like where it was grown, the year and growing conditions. You can even find out how the wine was aged. Make note of the wines you love. That way, you can ask for these identifiers the next time you want to try a new sauvignon blanc.
Storing Sauvignon Blanc
When it comes to storage, colder is better for sauvignon blanc (just make sure it’s not so cold that it freezes!). Pop that bad boy in the fridge the moment you get home from the store. When you’re ready to drink it, your sauvignon blanc will be properly chilled and ready for you to drink.
Let’s be honest: if you’re like us, you’ll be ready to drink that bottle the moment its temperature hits 13 C.
Pairing Sauvignon Blanc With Food
This dry white wine tastes best with delicate meats and decadent foods. It’s the perfect wine for a spring garden party or a backyard barbecue in the summer. Try serving it with a fresh green salad, your favorite tangy cheeses — or even freshly shucked oysters.If you’re planning on serving a creamy pasta or beer and cheddar soup, you can always cut through the creaminess by drinking a little of this acidic wine. The best part about serving sauvignon blanc at a party is that it goes with foods that are mainstays in pretty much every course. Serve it with a light salad or oysters for appetizers. Pour a glass to serve with the fish course or heavy dishes. For dessert, serve it with a cheese plate and fruit. If you really want to make your party all about SB, you can always serve a sparkling one with your dessert course. Serving Sauvignon Blanc When serving your wine, make sure to keep it cold between pours. The easiest way to mar the taste of your wine is to allow it to warm up to room temperature. And whatever you do, enjoy a little taste of your wine before your guests arrive. You want to ensure it tastes as good as you’d hoped — and that nothing happened to it during storage. Nothing makes a dinner party go south like a rotten cork or improperly stored vino.