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Sauvignon Blanc

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Glass of Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough, New Zealand
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Definition: Sauvignon Blanc originated in the Loire Valley of France. However, New Zealand has taken this grape to new heights in the cool Marlborough region, producing racy wines with tropical fruit and gooseberry flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is usually a dry white wine with distinctive herbaceous qualities. This wine is widely available as a single varietal or as a blend with Semillon.

Flavor Profile:

Typically a light to medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing white wine with notable acidity, Sauvignon Blanc offers a fairly wide range of flavors. From herbal taste sensations to veggie, and from flavors of grass, hay and mineral tones to a citrus and tropical flavor mix, Sauvignon Blanc displays a very unique wine tasting adventure.

Food Pairing:

Sauvignon Blanc is a very food-friendly wine and terrific for appetizers such as artichoke dip, veggie dishes or dips, garlic or Italian seasonings in creamy sauces, fragrant salads - like Greek, Caesar or Garden, Thai food, fish (sushi), poultry and the list goes on.

Key Producers to Try:

Bonterra

Simi

Rodney Strong

Geyser Peak

St. Supery

Snoqualmie

Souverain

Kim Crawford

Nobilo

Tortoise Creek

Montes

Frog's Leap

Villa Maria

Clos Pegase

Pascal Jolivet

Rutherford Ranch

Pronunciation: Saw-vee-nyonh Blahnk
Also Known As: Fumé Blanc (pronounced: "Foo-may Blahnk"), Sauvignon Musqué
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