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

  • Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Fall Harvest 2007


    This is a classic New Zealand Sauv. Blanc. Nose: cut grass and grapefruit (white or red, depending on your sensory equipment), and hints of citrus. Palate: Citrus again, plus some melon and a bit of mango or starfruit. Quick, clean finish that lets you taste the soil minerals. Interestingly, the wine tastes a bit restrained until it's paired... Read More

    Wine review by acohn

  • Lake County Sauvignon Blanc Goosecross Wines 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by DCT

  • Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Napa Valley 1999


    Complex, rich, silky, perfumey. This wine was alluringly feminine, and that's ... how I usually think abuot Sauvignon Blanc.Made from the oldets sauv balcn vines in the To Kalon vineyard, this wine beautifully layers te aromaticnotes: there was jasmine, pear, melon and some mango. The palate was silky and the finish was long and made me smil... Read More

    Wine review by hipergas

  • Concha Y Toro Trio Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley Chile 2007


    Impressive for the money. Super herbal, super floral with notes lavender and violets. Crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable. Get a case for summer. It WILL get used up. Read More

    Wine review by Wine Unfiltered

  • Granbazán Albariño Ambar 2005


    Delicious and full of fruit flavor, I believe I had the '06 vintage. Ordered it at a terrific spanish seafood restaurant on Staten Island. However my distaste for seafood had prevented me from the obviously delicious pairing, it went quite well with my pork chops. Read More

    Wine review by Rob Gordon

  • Frizky Zebras 2006


    While not as complex and interesting as some of my favorite traditionally bottled varieties, the proper amount of acidity capped off a delicious blend of grapefruit and oranges. Surprisingly refreshing, this South African wine from Leopard Frog Vineyards confirms for me at least that Tetra Paks are not something to necessarily refuse - even if I... Read More

    Wine review by rachelsegal

  • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by Axey

  • Domaine Uby Sauvignon Blanc 2007


    Crisp, clean and refreshing with attractive citrus notes. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2005


    Nice, my first albarino. Distinctly different than other whites I drink, notable Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin blank. I get some lush fruitiness and a little spice. Long lasting finish, looking forward to searving to guests with some spicy camarones! Read More

    Wine review by LuvsChandon

  • Havana Hills Sauvignon Blanc the Fig 2007


    Smooth reminiscent of the Barefoot SB. Better a little colder. Read More

    Wine review by ravendr

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