Sauvignon Blanc

(aka. Blanc Fume, Fume Blanc, Savagnin Musque)

Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and often assumes the moniker ‘Fume Blanc’. This popular synonym, credited to Napa’s Robert Mondavi, derives from the grape’s historic home of Pouilly in France’s Upper Loire Valley, where Sauvignon Blanc is the dominant varietal and goes locally by the name of ‘Blanc Fumé’. This noble grape is also successfully grown in Washington State and in New York on Long Island. In Canada, the variety is establishing a foothold in both the Niagara region of Ontario and British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

When treated with respect and afforded suitable growing conditions, it is one of the wine world’s darlings. Dry wines made from this grape are characterized by steely, racy acidity, green, gooseberry fruit, asparagus and a grassy, herbaceous character. It is rarely oaked, except in California, where it has often been subjected to Read more »

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  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • New Zealand

    The history of New Zealand wine-making dates back to the 1800s when settlers planted vines and ...

  • Marlborough

      While wines from Marlborough, in New Zealand’s South Island, have only come into prominenc...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • South Africa

      The history of wine-making in South Africa began as the Dutch East India company establish...

  • Sancerre

      Sancerre is an appellation located in the so-called Upper Loire -- the eastern end of the ...

  • Chile

    Winemaking was first introduced to Chile by Spanish settlers in the 1500’s, but it wasn’t until...

Popular Wineries using Sauvignon Blanc

  • Three Thieves

    You may have heard the tale of the Three Thieves, three regular guys who threw away centuries of ...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. The original 57-acre (23 ...

  • John Anthony Vineyards

    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

  • Michael Pozzan Winery

    Michael Pozzan Winery is owned and operated by Michael and Mary Ann Pozzan, both natives of Calif...

  • Stonehedge Winery

    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

      To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While ...

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Sauvignon Blanc on Snooth

  • The Nordic North is seeing palates across the country warming to wine. According to a report released by Euromonitor International earlier this year, Sweden saw a two percent increase in wine sales in 2013. Increasing sales of bag-in-box wines and a growing wine culture are two factors in the increase, the report said. The country's wine drinker... Read More

    From the article Sweden Sees Rise in Wine Sales


  • Come mow Darren, every night is a wine night at this house.We (Americans) are ... ... One of the guests is a Sauvignon Blanc fan so I may lean that way with a Becklyn, Myriad or Quivet. Depends on what I can find still on hand. The turkey, a 21-1/2# beauty, has been in brine going on two days.  Tomorrow morning early it goes on the smoker for... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thanksgiving Wines


  • What's everyone opening?No cooking for me this year, but I'll be providing all the wines, probably 10-12 bottles. Have to make final cuts tonight but a couple bottles of Chardonnay, Beaujolais, and Pinot are in the mix.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thanksgiving Wines


  • In America tomorrow is the big day: Thanksgiving. Of course most of us will ... will be the standby wines: a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Noir. Nice, but shall we say, a little predictable? Why not mix it up?You can easily pop open an unpredictable bottle that not only complements the turkey and trimmings, but also your side dishes.These wines w... Read More

    From the article Unpredictable Food & Wine Pairings


  • One nursery in New Zealand is trying to make the grape harvest a little easier ... ... grape varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.  The New Zealand Winegrwoers Grafted Grapevine Standards (GGS), most recently updated in June of this year, states that GGS standards include a variety of checks, including certified training, ... Read More

    From the article Kiwi Nursery Sees Spike In Tall Orders


  • Few meals arouse anticipation like Thanksgiving dinner. For weeks, if not ... ... turkey. Your favorite crisp Sauvignon Blanc may not have the heft to match the bigger, more savory flavors of the stuffing, for instance. For Thanksgiving it’s best to stay away from the extremes and stay in the middle. Think richer whites, lighter reds, and Rosé... Read More

    From the article 5 Thanksgiving Wines That Won't Break the Bank


  • Isn't it though? Enjoy that Mark, it's the last vintage for that vineyard. The Sauvignon Blanc is being pulled right now in favor of Cabernet Sauvignon.Tonight I get a long overdue look into a new label for me. Loren Sonkin, a fellow Berserker, is an attorney from Ohio who is now a winemaker as well. I've dined with him on a couple of occasions ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Quivet Cellars Tench Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Very fruity noselots of tropical fruits and some lemon. Initial taste verifies thatsomething like pineapple and kiwi fruit, but there is a lemony acid kick towards the back of the palate. Also, towards the back of the palate, there is a definite effervescent sensation. Good wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Y d'Yquem 2011

    Snoothrank:

    One of the all time greats, that everyone needs to try, expensive but worth every penny. Read More

    Wine review by acakeandwine


  • We made it home safe and sound with a few less dollars in our bank account but ... craft.  We tasted his sauvignon blanc, a northern Rhone style whole cluster syrah, and a really fine cab. He also toured us through the Envy winery, where he makes his Apsara wines. Back in the tasting room we finished off with a late harvest sauv blanc.  L and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Russian River and Napa...


  • Oxford Landing SB (Marlborough NZ) was my introduction to this grape. Oxford Landing is a reasonable price for a surprisingly low % and an acceptable intro to this grape. However.... My real introduction was with Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough. Revelation; nice sharp taste (not too sharp), reliable 'vintage' (I'm a newbie so I don't c...

    Comment by 1566590alinore 1566590 alinore


  • I like Loire.. Rose Loire also. . Doucette and Maimbray.

    Comment by 1464471William Djubin 1464471 William Djubin


  • I am a beginner with wine...how should an unfinished bottle be stored..

    Comment by 1280156McCants 1280156 McCants


  • Les South

    Comment by 417415les south 417415 les south


  • Tell Chateau in France that I will write to Then Real soon ,and my Two Sister Ruby's of Baron Maurice & Baroness Noemie De'Rothschild are Still The Best Best on Planet .This Blanc Nice To Drink.

    Comment by 417415les south 417415 les south


  • Tell Chateau in France that I will write to Then Real soon ,and my Two Sister Ruby's of Baron Maurice & Baroness Noemie De'Rothschild are Still The Best Best on Planet .This Blanc Nice To Drink.

    Comment by 417415les south 417415 les south


  • After tasting the following Sauvignon Blanc varietals from the Marlborough regions of New Zealand "Brancott and Matua", I won't even buy any Sauvignon Blanc varietals from any where else in the world.

    Comment by 475141PJMwine 475141 PJMwine


  • My love fo Sauv. Blanc is a relatively new one. I discovered the wonders of this strain while representing New Zealand's Villa Maria winery at Israel's largest wine exhibit - "Sommelier", which took place in November '10. I tried both the Blancs from the Private Bin and the Cellar Selection series. The aromas sent me dreaming. I had visions of t...

    Comment by 827915Malka Lev Adom 827915 Malka Lev Adom


  • frankly, i'm not pro in tasting wine, but somehow i do like this "Mancura" brand.... no doubt price are acceptable... and it was smooth for me..... any comment? do share... :)

    Comment by 539836Adriane31 539836 Adriane31


  • Tasted Kemblefield Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand this weekend. Oh my- it was a bunch of bold fruit just bursting all over. Only $9.99 a bottle. Guess I will be going back for a case. MMmMMmMMM!

    Comment by 351446dsolara 351446 dsolara


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