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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  • California

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Ca' Momi Wines

    "Ca’ Momi” wines are named for our family home in Northern Italy. The name also pays tribute to M...

  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

  • Sullivan Vineyards

    Arriving in the Napa Valley in 1972, Jim and JoAnna Sullivan purchased property in Rutherford, wh...

  • Almaden Vineyards

    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

  • Glass Mountain

    It has been more than hundred years since California wine pioneer Jean Laurent quarried stone fro...

  • Rex Goliath

    At age 70, I have had at least 50 yrs. of a glass of wine after my evening meals. Just recently,...

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Sauvignon Blanc on Snooth

  • We live in the far South West of England, a long way from the usual cross ... ... ... at this Chateau from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Sauvignon Gris grapes. To be honest I was a little reluctant to try this as over the years I have been dismayed by the thin acidic concoctions sold by some organisations. This wine however, was a revelation... Read More

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  • Here at New York Wine Co., we are devoted to scouring the globe for what we ... we ... 2007 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc "The Stones" Region: Marlborough, New ZealandCairnbrae is a boutique winery producing quality white wines in the favored Rapaura district of Marlborough, New Zealand, neighbouring the well known Cloudy Bay and Corbans Stonel... Read More

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  • Robert Oatley Sauvignon Blanc 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by giordanom3

  • Sonoma Coast Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma Coast Hummingbird Hill 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by wine evangelist

  • Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Napa Valley 2005


    Full in the mouth, there is a mineral edge too - the citric acidity comes to the fore on the finish while citrus is also the primary flavour. To this though you can add a segment of orange peel, a little melon, a drip of honey and a dash of vanilla. A good intensity and finish. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Le Blanc du Château Prieuré-Lichine 2004


    This is a second wine of the forth growth Bordeaux Château Prieuré-Lichine (Classification of 1855). This is the first wine that I have had that I understood the aroma of "cat piss". Don't let this put you off though, this wine is very complex and enjoyable. My friend found this wine marked down twice at the amazing price of $14. I would happily... Read More

    Wine review by tabednar

  • Pellegrini Sauvignon Blanc Napa County Leveroni Vineyard 2007


    This is a wonderful "light" wine. We first tried it out of the Vinotemp at a temperature of 60 degrees. Next we tried it a bit cooler and the spice and freshness came out much better. It is a GREAT light wine for a hot summer evening, luncheon or start of a dinner party. Very clean and crisp but as I said earlier better a bit on the chillier... Read More

    Wine review by Jon of Sonoma

  • Mud House Wines Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2008


    A very tempered Sauv Blanc. Mild with a soft grassiness and some solid peach notes. Very gentle for a NZ SB. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Cape Campbell Sauvignon Blanc 2008


    Opens with a bit of a spritz. Lighter than many NZ Sauvignon Blanc's. Lemony, but with very little of the traditional grassiness. Mineral finish. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2008


    Cats pee on the nose - rather pungent. Very acidic, with a straw like character. Low fruit, but citrus fruits come through: limes. Decent finish Read More

    Wine review by Philip

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