Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular white wine varietals in the world. Sauvignon Blanc grapes are planted in many of the world's wine regions including, France, California, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, and South Africa. Sauvignon Blanc grapes flourish in cooler climate regions. When Sauvignon Blanc grapes are exposed to high-heat they become over-ripe and produce dull flavored wines with flat acidity. Sauvignon Blanc is one of the first fine wines to be bottled with a screw-cap in commercial quantities. Sauvignon Blanc grapes are thick-skinned, green in color and bud late but ripen early. Sauvignon Blanc is a very food-friendly dry white wine. Due to global warming, farmers have had to harvest Sauvignon Blanc grapes earlier than they ever have in the past. Sauvignon Blanc is an ideal selection for an aperitif. Sauvignon Blanc pairs terrifically with appetizers, artichoke dip, vegetable dishes or dips, garlic or Italian seasonings, Greek salad, Caesar salad, Thai food, fish, poultry, and it is one of the few wines that pairs well with sushi.
Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine that is typically medium-bodied, crisp, dry, and refreshing. Sauvignon Blanc wines are usually consumed young. Sauvignon Blanc grapes have a naturally high acidity which makes the wines taste tangy, tart, nervy, racy or zesty. Sauvignon Blanc is significantly influenced by the winemaking process. The longer the grape skin is in contact with the juice the more intense Sauvignon Blanc wines tend to be. The temperature during fermentation also impacts the flavors and bouquets of Sauvignon Blanc wines. The colder the temperature the more fruit and tropical fruit flavors come out. Sauvignon Blanc wines processed / aged with botrytis have bouquets / flavors of apricot, quince, peach, honey, pineapple, vanilla, and candy. Sauvignon Blanc wines processed / aged with malolactic have bouquets / flavors of butter and cream. Sauvignon Blanc wines processed / aged in light oak have bouquets / flavors of vanilla and sweet wood. Sauvignon Blanc wines processed / aged in heavy oak have bouquets / flavors of toast, smoke, and oak.
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