And now for the Great White Grape - Sauvignon Blanc- literally the "Wild White." Like its red cousin Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc is a solid, excellent performer across continents and styles, a grape that rarely goes wrong.
Here's the quick and easy guide to the three distinct profiles and styles of dry white wine generated from the Sauvignon Blanc:
You are likely to think "green" when you think Sauvignon Blanc. Differently from its sister whites - the Chardonnay, for example - the Wild White is earthy green and herbaceous. (Like "bodacious," but in an herby way, with notes of grass, hay, leaves, parsley and sage.) It will tend to have more chalk and mineral in the mix. It's primary fruit aromas (like primary colors, but on your palate) also trend towards green: lime, green apple, passion fruit and white peach.
When it comes time to pair Sauvignon Blanc, also think green—and scented: ripe cheeses and all things herbal. Sauvignon Blanc, (like love and marriage and a horse and carriage) also goes together with white meats and seafood: lobster, clams, mussels, sole—or (forgive us) just for the halibut.