A few notes on Sauvignon Blanc?

Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned white grape variety from the Loire Valley and Bordeaux in France. Named after the French words for "wild" (sauvage) and "white" (blanc), this wildly popular wine grape favors cooler climates, which prevents it from becoming too sweet and keeps that trademark piquant acidity intact.

Fun fact: Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is the parent grape of Cabernet Sauvignon, the world's most popular red wine.

In addition to its native home of France, Sauvignon Blanc grapes are grown in other Old World wine regions — including Italy, Austria, and Hungary — as well as throughout the New World, including California New Zealand (Marlborough), Australia (Adelaide Hills and Margaret River), South Africa (Stellenbosch), and Chile (Casablanca).

For the most part, you can count on Sauvignon Blanc being a medium-bodied dry wine, which means it’ll feel like it has some weight to it and no sweetness. Also, it's perhaps best known for its pronounced acidity, so don't be surprised if it makes your mouth pucker just a bit.

That said, some Sauvignon Blanc winemakers produce it with a bit more residual sugar (and maybe even some oak barrels) to provide a richer, slightly sweeter taste.


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