Sauvignon Blanc, the Perfect Spring Sipper

Florida sunshine and showers bring plenty of opportunities to enjoy a nice glass of wine. One of my favorite grapes for sipping and savoring is the Sauvignon Blanc. Literally translated as "Wild White," this crisp, light green grape with origins in the spectacular South of France produces some of the worlds's most consumed white wine, perhaps with the most names. In France, you may see it called Pouilly-Fumé. In the USA, it may also be called Fumé Blanc, or in Austria Muskat-Silvaner, Feigentraube in Germany and just Sauvignon in Italy. Did you know that the rich, red Cabernet Sauvignon is the direct descendent of the Sauvignon Blanc? 

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most widely planted grapes globally due to its variety of flavor profiles and styles. With its grassy and herbaceous notes married alongside fruity tones varying from tart lime to passion fruit or ripe peach, the crisp, dry Sauv Blanc differs greatly from other white wines like Chardonnay. 

It's the pyrazines, an organic compound found in the under-ripened grapes and also in vegetables such as green bell peppers, that allow the Sauvignon Blanc grape to exhibit those grassy, peppery flavor profiles ranging from fresh cut lawn to jalapeño pepper. At the Grove, we  love to introduce our guests to this versatile wine, especially from my favorite growing region for this grape, Sancerre- a tiny, medieval hilltop town and subregion overlooking the Loire River in the Loire Valley, Central France. 

Sauvignon Blancs are fabulous in their capability to be resilient in many climates, from the Marlborough Valley in New Zealand, to the hills of Italy, over to the Sonoma Coast or Napa Valleys of California. You'll often find the Sauvignon Blanc blended with Semillon and Mescadelle to craft a White Bordeaux. 

The best place to find Sauvignon Blanc? In your glass, of course. Try Sauvignon Blanc alongside goat cheeses on a Grove Grazing Board or chicken, pork chop or seafood dishes with fresh herbs and roasted asparagus. Come by The Grove Market or join us in the dining room to sample and savor the flavors of spring in the Sauvignon Blanc.