If you asked anyone within the wine industry to name the next big thing in white wine, I believe almost everyone would name Sauvignon Blanc.
A much different wine then most people are used to, Sauvignon Blanc is at its best when it is picked “green”. This is a wine with high acidity and carries differing flavors like apples, herbs and even certain vegetables in extremely small samples like bell peppers.
Sauvignon Blanc is at its best in France and New Zealand. Although California also makes a large amount of Sauvignon Blanc, its best white wine vineyards are almost exclusively given to Chardonnay. New Zealand does an outstanding job at allowing the grape to ripen slowly giving an abundance of tart and tropical flavors.
For younger wine drinkers, New Zealand produces the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. More experienced drinkers would argue that France has always and still does produce the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. The French produce this wine which has an element of minerality that simply isn’t found in the rest of the world. The French also produce a series of white wine blends using the Semillion grape which is only produced well in the Rhone and other white wine regions of France.
Sauvignon Blanc is truly one of the most interesting wine varietals to explore, at Uncorked Ventures we hope you’ll take the time to try different regions.