Sauvignon Blanc – Fume Blanc Wine Information


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Sauvignon Blanc harvest
Sauvignon Blanc grapes
  • Sauvignon Blanc originates from France where it is the prominent grape in the Loire Valley wines of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé.
  • In California, Sauvignon Blanc is widely planted in all wine regions except for the cool climate areas.  Sauvignon Blanc is a distant second to Chardonnay in the number of acres planted.
  • New Zealand is one of the world’s top producers of Sauvignon Blanc.
  • In California, Sauvignon Blanc is made in different styles. Some winemakers choose to ferment and age their Sauvignon Blanc wines in stainless steel tanks. Other winemakers will age their Sauvignon Blanc in oak barrels. Others will add small amounts of Semillon grape to add a bit of other flavors to the wine.
  • Fume Blanc is the same grape as Sauvignon Blanc. Fume Blanc refers to the smoky flavors that occur when the Sauvignon Blanc wine has been aged in oak.
  • Sauvignon Blanc is a light wine that is crisp and acidic. It is usually a dry wine.
  • The aromas and flavors are herbaceous, grassy, hay, citrus, and grapefruit.
  • Sauvignon Blanc is very food friendly. It is great with white fish, shucked oysters, and light foods.  Filet of Sole, breaded and fried with a tartar sauce is a great match.

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  • Joe Becerra

    Joe Becerra has been traveling to wine country and enjoying wine since 1965. He is a retired educator, and now have the time the opportunity to share his wine travel experiences through this Website.

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