Sauvignon Blanc white wine is made from a green skinned grape variety that originate in France. The name is derived from the French word for “savage”. It was originally an indigenous plant in South West France.
The flavor ranges from grassy to sweetly tropical depending on the climate the grapes are grown in. The wine experts call it crisp, elegant and fresh. The grape vines bud late in the season but ripen early, which allows it to perform well in sunny climates.
Due to warming climates, the grapes often needs to be harvest earlier in the season than before. The vines are vigorous growers and need pruning continuously to direct the plants energy towards the ripening fruit.
Sauvignon Blanc is a very food friendly wine and is best to pair with cheeses or fish, especially with Sushi.
Sauvignon was one of the first wines to be bottled with a screw-cap and is best to be used while still young. The temperature of fermentation has a lot to do with how the wine turns out.
The best way to store Sauvignon Blanc is at 13ºC but for longer storage the temperature can be dropped to 5ºC.
A tip to let your wine last longer is to add a bit of carbon dioxide to the wine. So, you can have a glass of wine every day keeping the bottle in the fridge.
Five Little-Known Facts About Sauvignon Blanc
- It’s very easy to match to food. Just remember that it pairs beautifully with anything you would squeeze lemon on. Cold seafood platter? Check. Grilled Halibut? Check. Roast vegetables? Check. It also is terrific with Gruyere or ripe chevrecheese and anything garlicky.
- It has a romantic past. Centuries ago, in some sunny vineyard in France, Sauvignon Blanc vines met up with Cabernet Franc. The two crossed and it was…well…magic: they created Cabernet Sauvignon.
- It has an alias. FuméBlanc –coined in California in the 1960s and popularized by Robert Mondavi. Fumé Blanc is Sauvignon Blanc. Sometimes it is aged in oak, giving it smoky notes (fumé means smoke), but it is not required that it be aged in oak.
- It has a French best friend. In France, Sauvignon Blanc is often blended with Sémillion.
- It has a wild side. It requires a lot of hands-on vineyard work to keep this vigorous vine from growing out of control (“sauvignon” means “wild”).