Sauvignon blanc has a subtle, savouryflavour that is very refreshing on a hot summer day. It is an ideal wine to take to a dinner party or to give as a present, as its zingy, zesty taste will appeal to many people.
Several countries specialise in sauvignon blanc, with each region producing a different taste. It originated in France, with the word ‘sauvignon’ being French for ‘wild’. Some of the wines are fermented in stainless steel or concrete vats, which produces high acidity and bold fruity tastes such as lime, grapefruit or even gooseberry. Although a rarer speciality, other sauvignon blanc wines are aged in barrels, which produces a richer, creamier texture with flavours of lemon or even butter.
Countries producing sauvignon blanc
France is the largest producer of sauvignon blanc – particularly the Loire Valley – with primary flavours of lime and honeydew melon coming through. New Zealand is also a top producer, with flavours of lemongrass and gooseberry. Chile produces affordable sauvignon blanc wines with primary tastes of grass, lime and pineapple.
Other producers can be found in South Africa, which also produces powerful barrel-aged sauvignon blancs, the US, Australia, Spain and Italy. A complete range of wines and prices are available from online wine merchants in Northern Ireland.
What foods go with sauvignon blanc?
As sauvignon blanc is fairly acidic, it cannot be paired with delicate foods; however, it works very well with oily fish or seafood, as the taste of the wine brings out the oils in the fish. Dishes with rich sauces, including cheese such as goat’s cheese or tomato-based dishes, work well with this wine. Its herbaceous notes work well with similar green herbs and vegetables, such as coriander, mint, basil, courgettes, asparagus and peas. A classic pairing is a strong, creamy goat’s cheese called Crottin de Chavignol, from near Sancerre, with a splash of sauvignon blanc. You can check out Northern Ireland wine merchants to find the right wine for your meal.
Tips for buying sauvignon blanc
This is typically a young wine, so drink your wine within a year of buying – a great excuse to crack open a bottle! Young sauvignon blancs should be served well-chilled to accentuate the freshness. If you find one that you particularly like, buy it in bulk – the best ones disappear quickly.