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The Honest Guide to Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc


Sauvignon Blanc is only used as cocktail wine because it goes lousy with food. OK, it goes fine with food, but nobody serves it with dinner because it’s too cheap. It’s also known as Fumé Blanc, a name Robert Mondavi made up in order to sell the plonk, which has confused everyone ever since. He borrowed the Fumé from Pouilly-Fumé in the Loire Valley. Thank God he didn’t call it Pouilly Blanc, which is French for “Silent, but deadly.” Were it not for Sauvignon Blanc there would have been no reason to invent the Stelvin.

Interesting Sauvignon Blanc facts:

The best New Zealand versions can remove your pet’s carpet accidents.

It is commonly blended with Semillon in order to find something useful to do with stupid Semillon.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white grape of the Loire Valley. This isn’t funny.

Other Names for Sauvignon Blanc:


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