9 years ago

Three Sauvignon Blanc wines from New Zealand

New Zealand is known on the international wine scene for its Sauvignon Blancs. Thirty years ago, the first Sauv Blanc grapes were planted…and turned the wine world on its head. The country’s cool, maritime climate is perfect for growing these white grapes, allowing them to keep their natural acidity.

Pungently aromatic, New Zealand Sauv Blancs have the essence of red bell peppers, gooseberries, passionfruit and other tropical fruit, as well as fresh cut grass, tomato stalks, grapefruit or limes.

Sauvignon Blanc’s “zing” is a delightful complement to the fresh flavors of seafood, shellfish and white fish. You can enhance the effect with citrus- or garlic-based sauces. Crunchy summer salads and bell peppers also bring out the flavors in this wine, as well as tangy foods, such as tomatoes and vinegar-based dressings. Sauv Blanc is best served at 45º F.

Three to try:

  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
  • Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc
  • Forefathers Sauvignon Blanc

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