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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  • Sonoma County

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

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

  • France

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

  • Napa

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

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  • California

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

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    The estate was founded in 1979 and named Domaine Michel by Jean-Jacques Michel. A native of Switz...

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Sauvignon Blanc on Snooth

  • Simply Naked Sauvignon Blanc Unoaked 2012


    Crisp and overwhelming smell of apples and grapes. Semi sweet and a little sour like green apples and green grapes. Definitely has a kick. Read More

    Wine review by winotance

  • The blog post is several years old and out of date.Research shows that ... fermentation of Sauvignon Blanc in particular.All in all, not the most up-to-date article.However, to help out my friend Napagirl, I would suggest a sure-fire way to avoid the problem in the future. Do like I do and simply avoid Sauvignon Blanc entirely. You'll be drinki... Read More

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  • So where was the SB from? Not NZ, by any chance?  ;-)Good link, NG. Nice ... Zealand and South African Sauvignon Blancs, and I’ve noticed that every single one of them smells like a struck match.  We also call this flinty. It’s a bit like I imagine hell will smell like. Brimstone. I know this smell already, actually, from my years in the stee... Read More

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  • I had the misfortune of opening a bottle of Sauv Blanc that smelled like- well, to put it bluntly- rotten eggs and poop.  Horrible.   This is a new fault find for me, normally being of the cork taint predilection.  So, off to research I go.  I found the article below.  I am interested in hearing what you think about my specific issue and the art... Read More

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  • Cousino Macul Cab Sauv 2012


    Interesting Maipo white made from Sauvignon Gris which is a clonal mutation of sauvignon blanc. More of the white stone fruit (not too ripe peach and pear) versus grapefruit or lemon almost Riesling like. Nice acidity, a bit of perfume similar to a roussanne but lighter. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • With summer on the way I've been writing more about white wines, and in ... in ... fresh, crisp whites. Sauvignon Blanc has lead the way, asI expect it often does with consumers; if for no other reason than it is associated with that willowy summer style, is obviously familiar and widely available throughout the marketplace. At the same time ... Read More

    From the article What I'm Liking in May 2014

  • Mooi Bly Cultivar Sauvignon Blanc 2013


    My wife and I do not like white wines for the most part but THIS one was an exception. Excellent bottle that went very well with a fish dish. Read More

    Wine review by anstett

  • But so are so many Australian wines, whites in particular. Riesling, Semillon, ... Verdejo, and even the cursed Sauvignon Blanc all seem to do well in Australia, given the right circumstances. Between Antarctica and Australia there's what? The ocean. So I would never dismiss their wines and odd as it may seem, their Rieslings are more often th... Read More

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  • Wine is a continuous journey of discovery. While there are always favorite ... ... ... time for Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc but now, as we head into summer it’s time to search out the wines that will be perfect for the warm weather. Unfamiliar wines that will inspire us, save us some money, and excite our palates. I’ll be trying plenty of ... Read More

    From the article The White Wines of Portugal

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