Pairing wine with food: Sauvignon Blanc

shutterstock_89145637Wines made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape are generally light to medium-bodied and acidic.  Adjectives often used to describe Sauvignon Blancs are “citrusy”, “grassy”, “tart” and “oaky”.  With a tendency toward grassy and green flavors, it’s an ideal pairing with springtime dishes, soups, fish, and even Mexican vegetable and poultry dishes.

Matching Food with Sauvignon Blanc

In our blog post on pairing food with Chardonnay, we offered up the following rule of thumb:

If it’s a dish you might consider putting butter on, Chardonnay might make a good pairing.

Similarly, we’d offer this advice for Sauvignon Blanc:

If it’s a dish you might squeeze a little lime on, or if the dish makes you think of springtime, Sauvignon Blanc might make a good pairing.

These aren’t hard-and-fast rules, of course, but they can be good flavor guidelines when stuck for ideas. 

Notable AOC’s of Sauvignon Blanc

shutterstock_60905947The Sauvignon Blanc vine often buds late, but has a quick ripening, which allows it to perform well in sunny climates that are not overwhelmingly hot.  As a result, great Sauvignon Blancs can be found in many temperate regions.  Some of the most notable ones are:

  • Bordeaux, France (its birthplace)
  • Pouilly-Fume (Loire region, France)
  • Sancerre (Loire region, France)
  • New Zealand
  • Italy
  • Chile
  • South Africa
  • California
  • Washington State
  • Oregon

Our Favorite Flavor Pairings with Sauvignon Blanc

Flavors to Avoid Pairing with Sauvignon Blanc

  • Red meat
  • Salty dishes and salty snacks

Nutrition Information

If you’re a calorie-counter, you might want to know that a 5-ounce serving of Sauvignon Blanc weighs in at 119 calories, according to the USDA.

This is part of our ongoing series introducing food and wine pairings.  At BigOven, we know that some foods just go together.  That’s why we’ve introduced Menus, which let you drag and drop recipes to create ideal combinations, share them with the world and create grocery lists instantly.  We’ve created a Sauvignon Blanc recipe listing on BigOven – create your favorite menu and share it with friends.

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