While rosé will always have a spot in our glass, there’s another refreshing sipper that we think pairs perfectly with warm weather, beach days and brunch on the patio. While Sauvignon Blanc may not have trending hashtags in its honor, it does taste like summer in a glass, and deserves to be in your wine rotation.
Sauv Blanc originated in France and has been around the vineyard for a while. In fact, it is the parent grape, along with red grape, Cabernet Franc, to the crowd pleasing Cabernet Sauvignon. It is thought to roughly translate to “wild white,” which somehow makes us love it even more. Both delicious and adaptable, this grape is planted all over the world. In fact, Sauvignon Blanc vines are so adaptable that left untended, they will grow wildly out of control. You’ll find the grapes planted in France, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, California and many other wine regions.
But what does it taste like?
While the flavor will certainly be influenced by where the grapes grow and the winemaker’s production method, Sauv Blanc is generally very dry, fresh and crisp, thanks to the grape’s moderate to high acidity. It is usually loaded with citrus flavors, and can also include green, herbal flavors, tart flavors like green apple or kiwi or more tropical flavors from pineapple to mango.
Sauv Blanc pairs with a range of lighter dishes, including vegetable dishes, salads and fish dishes. Our Master Sommelier is particularly excited about drinking it alongside oyster shooters, baked white fish, BLTs and jambalaya.
Spotlight on: New Zealand
Sauvignon Blanc is the most planted grape in New Zealand, and for good reason. It seems perfectly suited for these more coastal, cool climate vineyards. Here the wines are prized for their green flavors: everything from green apple, to fresh herbs and even grass (but in a good way).
Spotlight on: California
Napa and Sonoma are two of the main regions producing quality Sauvignon Blanc in California. While some winemakers will blend Sauvignon Blanc with other grapes for a heavier wine, we’re just going to focus on the more classic, crisp style. In California, Sauv Blancs tend to burst with tropical fruit and citrus flavors, for a really refreshing experience.
Give it a swirl:
A fresh and green wine from one of New Zealand’s top Sauvignon Blanc growing regions.
Tastes like: grapefruit, lemon, green apple and grass
A beautifully aromatic and fresh example of Napa Sauvignon Blanc.
Tastes like: citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and white peach
The Sonoma winery crafts wines modeled after “the good life,” and this wine definitely hits that mark.
Tastes like: papaya, pineapple, lemon and mango
This sleek Napa wine is bursting with bright, zesty flavors.
Tastes like: fresh herbs, kiwi, lime and grapefruit
We love Sauvignon Blanc so much, we think it deserves its own week of recognition in heat of summer. Join us on Instagram with hashtag #sauvblancweek and #kuveewine in celebration.