What is Sauvignon Blanc?
Sauvignon Blanc is made from a green-skinned grape that has its origins in the Loire Valley of northwest France. It can be made in steel tanks, or aged in oak barrels, with a light to medium body. It’s a dry white wine with prominent acidity. It is sometimes blended with Semillon to add richness, and lighten the acidity. High producers include France, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa, and California. (INTERESTING FACT: In California, it is sometimes called “Fume Blanc”, which was coined by the famous vineyard operator, Robert Mondavi.)
Style of Sauvignon Blanc
As mentioned, Sauvignon Blanc can be oaked or unoaked. It is typically a light, crisp, and refreshing wine. There are 3 different styles: the creamy, less crisp oak style, the grassy style that produces grass and herbal flavors, and the unoaked fruity style that offers more citrus flavors (i.e. grapefruit, lemon, and melon.)
Aromas & Flavors
Sauvignon Blanc tends to be herbaceous, and can offer aromas of grass, grapefruit, melon, lemon, vanilla, smoke, spice, and bell pepper. (INTERESTING FACT: the compound pyrazine naturally occurs in the Sauvignon Blanc grape, and may cause a green bell pepper aroma/flavor.) Flavor descriptors include grassy, tropical, citrus, lime, melon, fig, herb, vanilla, spice, smoke, and toast (the last 4 being flavors coming from the oaked version.)
The foods that go well with Sauvignon Blanc are garden, greek, and Caesar salads, Thai food, poultry, shellfish, mussels, scallops, and sushi. If you are looking for a cheese to pair with this wine, go with Havarti, Brie, Feta, or Goat.
ABV & Calorie Count
The typical alcohol by volume (ABV) content of Sauvignon Blanc is 12.5% to 13.5%. The typical calorie count is around 121 calories for a 5 ounce glass.