Pairing Sauvignon Blanc

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To me, Pouilly-Fumé are classic Sauvignon Blanc. They are fresh and mouthwatering with the perfect balance of acidity, fruit and spicy floral notes. Often, these wines might seem light-hearted for New World tastes, but I assure you that with the right pairing, they will please even the most hedonistic palates.

This is as simple as it gets and sometimes that’s all it needs to be. If there are two vegetables that come to mind when I think of Sauvignon Blanc, they are asparagus and artichokes. These are two very difficult items to pair. Sauvignon Blanc is up to the challenge. A recipe of Roasted Asparagus and Baby Artichokes with Lemon-Oregano Aioli is perfect for its intense natural flavors that pair perfectly with the wine. You can also try this on the grill. A small dip in the Lemon-Oregano Aioli and magnifique!

2010 Francis Blanchet Pouilly-Fumé Cuvée Silice - The nose showed sea air, lime zest, salty hard cheeses and herbs. On the palate, it was weightless yet full of flavor with salty minerals on the attack, followed by grapefruit and inner floral notes. The wine's crisp acidity washed down effortlessly and left the flavor of intense grapefruit on the palate.

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  • Snooth User: Racer56
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    How could you leave out Chile?

    Jun 01, 2012 at 11:57 AM

  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
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    It certainly wasn't on purpose. You know how it works. I taste at industry tastings, through submitted samples and purchases made through recommendations at local shops. When a wine sticks out, I pair it with a recipe (or two or three) to find good matches. I guess the PR machine for Chile hasn't been pushing much wine in my direction or the NYC wine stores that I frequent. With that said, I'll be happy to seek some out in the future. It is the beginning of summer after all and I love Sauvignon Blanc.

    Jun 01, 2012 at 12:22 PM

  • or Austria as a matter of fact..........

    Jun 01, 2012 at 12:48 PM

  • Snooth User: redwine89
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    I love me some New Zealand and Australian Sauvignon Blanc's I cant say anything bad about, they are freshing and delicious, makes you want to lay back in teh sun and lay like a turtle.

    Jun 01, 2012 at 5:41 PM

  • Snooth User: wymankok
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    Sancerre FTW ..

    Jun 01, 2012 at 6:49 PM

  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
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    Wow, I might have to do Pairing Sauvignon Blanc Part 2. Well, we still have a few weeks left to the Sauvignon Blanc GTI, I'm sure there will be much more to taste and i'll be happy to share my experiences.

    Jun 01, 2012 at 9:00 PM

  • ok cos we kiwi wineproducers and consumers have a sense of humor we can offend the old world wine producers.I think calling a vintage "cat's pee" may have been more than a poke in the eye for some,I guess thats where your discription comes from.we can afford to be flipant when the wine tastes so fantastic ;-)

    Jun 02, 2012 at 7:04 AM

  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
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    It was a fantastic wine. In school, you learn to describe certain aromas in certain ways and that's what I got. Like I tried to say in the note, it wasn't a bad thing. In fact, it added depth to the wine that it would have lack aromatically without it.

    Jun 02, 2012 at 9:13 AM

  • you misread my earlier comment - I said AUSTRIA not Australia!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jun 04, 2012 at 10:35 AM

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