Sauvignon Blanc is a herbaceous white wine that originated in France. Styles and varieties of this wine are expansive because of how widely the grapes used to make it are grown. You might consider this dry wine to be slightly savory in flavor mixed with a range of fruity hints.
This wine is best served young, within 18 months of its vintage, due to its low sugar content. However, sweet Sauvignon Blancs with a high sugar content age quite well and can be aged for decades.
What Pairs Well with Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc can pair well with almost any dish. But there are dishes that complement the key flavors in it better than others. Here are a few of our go-to Sauvignon Blanc pairings:
Pairing Sauvignon Blanc’s acidic, fruity flavor with seafood is an excellent combination as the two play well with one another. A light seafood dish is usually recommended
Why It Pairs Well
- The saltiness of seafood dishes evens out the acidity of a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
- Fish has a light texture that compliments the lightness of this white wine.
- The grapes used to make Sauvignon Blanc are grown on the coast where fish are caught, playing to the idea that wine and food from the same region pair well.
Lobster’s light meat goes well with acidic white wines. Lobster dishes such as lobster rolls or boiled lobster with lemon are go-to companions to the zesty flavor notes in a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Simple lobster dishes, like grilled or boiled lobster tail, are best for pairing with this wine. Avoid more complex dishes such as lobster mac and cheese.
Why It Pairs Well
- The light meat of lobster goes nicely with white wine due to its fresh, acidic taste.
- Sauvignon Blanc grapes are grown in coastal regions where lobsters are caught. As with other seafood pairings, this plays to the concept of pairing wines and dishes from the same regions.
- Salt and acidity meld together well, making lobster and Sauvignon Blanc a go-to pairing.
Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with green vegetables, bonus if the dish includes sauces with citrus notes. Try Brussel sprouts, asparagus, cucumbers, broccoli, and kale, among others. When pairing vegetables and Sauvignon Blanc, opt for dishes that use raw vegetables rather than roasted. Raw vegetables play better with the vibrant flavors found in a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
Why It Pairs Well
- Raw vegetables pair better with young wines like Sauvignon Blanc.
- Herbaceous notes within Sauvignon Blanc complement dishes with vegetables and herbs.
- Sauvignon Blanc is not affected by the chemical compounds found in certain difficult vegetables that otherwise alter the flavor of wine.
What You Can Order at Christner’s
Sesame Seared Tuna
The saltiness of our tuna pairs well with the acidic, fruity flavors in Sauvignon Blanc wines.
Cold Water Lobster Tail
The decadent light meat of our lobster tail dish compliments the zesty flavors in a Sauvignon Blanc of your choice.
The History of Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc comes from Loire Valley and Bordeaux in France and was first introduced to America in the 1880s. It exploded in popularity and is now the 8th most grown grape worldwide.
This beloved wine has even earned its own holiday. Mark your calendars for May 1, 2020, to celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day! Keep an eye on the date as it jumps around each calendar year.
This robust, vigorous wine can be made with two conflicting schools of thought: unoaked or barrel fermented. Unoaked stainless steel fermented Sauvignon Blanc is the most common type. However, the barrel-fermented alternative garners a richer texture and will draw those who enjoy an oily, lemon flavor.
Taste: Highly acidic and herbal in flavor
Wine Color: White Wine
Great Alternative To: Chardonnay
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Try a Glass at Christner’s
If you’d like to try a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, visit our location in Orlando and pair it with our imported cold water lobster tail dish.