Sauvignon Blanc loves food!
Its ‘zing’ is a delectable complement to seafood, shellfish and white fish. Crunchy summer salads and green peppers, or think any ‘green’ dish with parsley, rosemary, basil, cilantro or mint, and you’ll find it a great food match. Tangy foods, such as tomatoes and vinegar based dressings make it the perfect summer in a glass match.
Below is a handy infographic put together by the team at New Zealand Winegrowers to illustrate food and wine matching tips for Sauvignon Blanc. An overview of the aromas in Sauvignon Blanc from Social Vignerons and finally the key flavours to look for in Sauvignon Blanc from Wine Folly.
Sauvignon Blanc Wine Characteristics
The primary fruit flavours of Sauvignon Blanc are lime, green apple, passion fruit and peach. What makes Sauvignon Blanc distinctive from other white wines is its herbaceous characteristics. Think ‘green’ like pepper, jalapeño, gooseberry and grass.
- FRUIT FLAVOURS (berries, fruit, citrus)
- Lime, Green Apple, Asian Pear, Kiwi, Passionfruit, Guava, White Peach, Nectarine
- OTHER AROMAS (herb, spice, flower, mineral, earth, other)
- Green Bell Pepper, Gooseberry, Basil, Jalapeño, Grass, Tarragon, Lovage, Celery, Lemongrass, Box of Chalk, Wet Concrete
Sauvignon Blanc Loves Goats Cheese
Because New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is light-bodied, acidic and fruity, it is easy to pair with light seafood dishes, salads and spicy food.
But there is no doubt that regardless of where the #SauvBlanc comes from, be it a Sancerre from the Loire or a Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough; you would be hard pushed to go wrong matching it with this Goat’s cheese and sun-dried tomato tart from Jamie Oliver.
This luxury veggie dish is perfect for lunch or a light dinner, whipped up with a fresh salad. “The layer of sun-dried tomatoes looks so lovely when you slice this tasty goat’s cheese tart.”
Without a doubt, Sauvignon Blanc loves food, but more importantly, it loves great company, so be sure to open a bottle of what you like and enjoy it in great company with people who make you laugh.
That is without a doubt always, the best match.