Sauvignon Blancs are some of the world's most refreshing white wines, especially during the hot summer days. But if you've noticed, not all Sauvignon Blancs taste the same. This crisp, refreshing white wine comes in a wide variety of styles depending on where the grapes are grown and how ripe they are when the wine is made.
Slightly ripe Sauvignon Blanc grapes have bright citrus flavors, think fresh lime and grapefruit. As they ripen further, they develop tropical notes of kiwi and passion fruit. At their most ripe, Sauvignon Blanc grapes produce flavors of peach and apricot.
There are a few different regions where great Sauvignon Blanc is made, and each region has a slightly different style. So how do you know which bottle to pick without running into the Goldilocks dilemma? Here are some general rules of thumb for what to expect from each region so you can find the bottle that is just right for you.
If you like:
Lime zest, grapefruit, and fresh-cut grass, try Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand
Citrus, apple, and honeysuckle, try Sauvignon Blancs from Bordeaux, France
Lime, peach, and clean minerality, try Sauvignon Blancs from Sancerre, France
Melon, lemon, and apple, try Sauvignon Blancs from Chile
Passion fruit, peach, and apricot, try Sauvignon Blancs from California