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The Basics of Sauvignon Blanc

glass of sauvignon blanc

A classic summer white wine, sauvignon blanc is available in a range of price points. Read on to learn more about how to drink and enjoy this refreshing crowd-pleaser.

Pronunciation:
SOH-vihn-yohn BLAWNGK

Sauvignon blanc origin:
Loire Valley, France, which then provided inspiration for the grape to be grown in New Zealand, Australia, and California.

Serving temperature:
Sauvignon blanc is best served between 43°F and 48°F.

Alcohol range:
Most bottles fall between 12.5 and 14.5 percent alcohol.

Sauvignon blanc aging potential:
Sauvignon blanc is best served young. Store for no longer than 1 to 3 years.

The wine's finish:
Sauvignon blanc is zippy and bright, but can be smooth and round if barrel-aged or fermented.

Primary sauvignon blanc flavors 
& aromas:
Citrus, kiwifruit, gooseberries, melons, green apples, herbs, and fresh grass.

The wine's body:
Medium

The wine's color:
Pale yellow

Prominent wine-making regions:
New Zealand, California

Suggested sauvignon blanc glassware:
White wine glass

Try sauvignon blanc with these dishes:

  • Goat cheese
  • Feta
  • Lemon-spiked fish and chicken
  • Dishes brimming with herbs

Favorite sauvignon blancs to try at Publix: