24 April is officially Sauvignon Blanc day (look it up). So what better time to learn a few things about one of the most popular white wine grapes in the world?
Here we go:
Its name is “savage white”; and it earns it
It got its rather threatening name because it grows vigorously and aggressively, producing a lot of vegetation when it isn’t monitored, which can have a detrimental effect on a vineyard if not properly looked after.
It’s one of the most widely planted grapes in the world
… but it wasn’t always that way. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1980s that Sauvignon Blanc grapes overtook the Trebbiano as the second most planted in Bordeaux (behind the Semillon… seriously). Now, of course, things are different.
It’s got some famous relatives
Ever heard of Cabernet Sauvignon? It’s one of the world’s most planted and recognized red wine grapes in the world and has it’s roots in the 18th century when Sauvignon Blanc was naturally bred with Cabernet Franc.
You can pair it with sushi
It’s true! Sushi is a notoriously difficult food when it comes to wine pairing, but Sauvignon Blanc is known as one of the few wines that can do the job.
Along with Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc was one of the first fine wines to be sold in screw cap bottles rather than corked; this is because it does not gain any particular benefit from aging.