The Best Sauvignon Blanc | Mai Vino
The Best Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc is found in wine enthusiasts’ cellars all around the world. Let’s break down what you need to know about this tasty white wine.
What is Sauvignon Blanc Wine?
Sauvignon Blanc is a type of white wine named after the green-skinned grape from which it is made, which is also used to make Sauternes and Chardonnay. It’s one of the most popular types of white wines in the world, known for its refreshing crisp and “grassy” taste with plenty of minerality.
This delicious type of white wine may range from zesty and sweet to herbaceous and earthy. It typically incorporates the following delectable flavors and aromas:
- Cut Grass
- Passion Fruit
- Tropical Fruit
- Green Apple
- White Peach
- Stone Fruit
- Bell Pepper
Sauvignon Blanc tends to pack a crisp and bright punch that provides a refreshing acidity and delectable fruit flavors.
Like most wine varietals, however, there is always a bit of experimentation with flavor and profile. Oaked versions known as Fumé Blanc are well known for providing rich elements of toast and spice.
Where Does Sauvignon Blanc Come From?
Sauvignon Blanc can come from anywhere. For many wine drinkers, Sauvignon Blanc is synonymous with New Zealand; the country’s appellations are known as one of the world’s most successful producers of delectable Sauv Blanc blends.
In fact, if you have had the chance to enjoy a Sauv Blanc, it is highly likely that you have tasted a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!
While New Zealand – specifically the Marlborough wine region – reigns strong as a top Sauvignon Blanc producer, this white wine also hails from American vineyards in California’s Napa Valley, Sonoma county, and Russian River Valley. Cool climates and high altitudes help preserve natural acidity to produce a delectable and crisp final product.
French winemakers from Bordeaux, Sancerre, Pessac-Leognan, Pouilly-Fume, and Loire Valley also produce great products. In fact, it was the fertile soils in Loire Valley that first saw the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety. In the 18th century, winemakers from France paired Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc to produce Cabernet Sauvignon.
Elsewhere around the globe, world class Sauv Blanc is produced in Australia, South Africa, and Chile – specifically in Casablanca Valley. Italian Sauvignon Blancs are also quite notable, as they combine the richness of New Zealand blends with the earthiness of French blends. Italy’s Friuli and Trentino-Alto Adige regions are also some top producers.
Pinot Grigio vs. Sauvignon Blanc
It’s a common question: What’s the difference between Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio?
In most cases, it boils down to acidity. Sauvignon Blanc produces a bright and crisp flavor that is fueled by high acidity. Pinot Grigio, on the other hand, provides a smooth and rounded flavor profile that is bolstered by low acidity.
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