The first Friday in May is International Sauvignon Blanc day, so here’s a little background to help you prepare for the festivities.
Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape that originated in France, where it is still widely planted in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux . However, it has also become popular in many New World wine regions, such as Chile, South Africa, and California, but especially New Zealand, where it has become their most widely planted grape.
Sauvignon Blanc is a dry, white wine, with high acidity. It is often described as crisp and refreshing, and it is one of my favorite wines for summer. I find Sauvignon Blanc easy to drink on its own, but with its herbal and mineral qualities, it also makes an excellent pairing for fresh vegetables, salads, fish/seafood, sushi, and raw oysters.
Common fruit flavors for Sauvignon Blanc are lime (and other citrus), honeydew melon, green apple, and peach. Additionally, Sauvignon Blanc is known for strong non-fruit flavors such as fresh grass, bell pepper, and chalky minerals.