2/26/09

Food Parings – Sauvignon Blanc

Let me get right to the point. Sauvignon Blanc is without a doubt one of the most food friendly wines made.

Certain characteristics of this somewhat underappreciated varietal just plain work well. Lower alcohol levels, prominent acidity, mild oak influence and the drier style of Sauvignon Blanc all add to its high level of food fondness.

As for the flavors and aromas of the wine itself you will find citrus and tropical fruits, melon, pear, quince, herbal notes (thyme, dill, basil, tarragon) and vanilla.

And now…

Some food matching tips:

  • Fresh herbs work phenomenally with Sauvignon Blanc, as they compliment the herbal quality of the varietal.
  • Spicier and aromatic foods also match up well.
  • Many salads, soups and green vegetable dishes pair well.
  • Appetizers are a natural for Sauvignon Blanc, as it not only pairs well with the food but sets the stage for more full-bodied wines to follow.
  • Some of the base ingredients that work are seafood such as scallops, shrimp, oysters, sea bass, and swordfish. Chicken, turkey and game hens are also well-suited.
  • Other ingredients that work – citrus, toasted nuts such as almonds or pine nuts, Dijon mustard, eggplant, capers, green olives and of course, cheeses such as goat, brie, feta, fontina and parmigiano-reggiano.

There you have it! A quick course in Sauvignon Blanc food pairing 101. Now get out there and eat, drink and enjoy!

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