Grape varieties

Sauvignon Blanc

One of the noble white grapes of France's Bordeaux region, Sauvignon Blanc is gaining fans globaly as a food-friendly alternative to Chardonnay. The grape is grown with great success in California's Napa Valley as well as New Zealand.

In the Northwest, Washington produces the most Sauvignon Blanc, and the Columbia Valley's version is unlike those from other regions. Washington's tends to be loaded with luscious orchard fruit aromas and flavors. Like its counterpart in Bordeaux, Washington's Sauvignon Blancs often are expertly blended with Semillon, giving them tremendous complexity and character.

This story was originally published June 16, 2012 4:46 PM.

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