Alternatives To Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is one of the most popular white wine styles we drink. Nearly always unoaked, meaning it is made in stainless steel, it is a dry wine all about fresh fruit flavours. Typically, what you taste is tangy citrus fruits and some tropical flavours such as pineapple and mango. Some of them even have aromas of green pepper, asparagus, and cat pee. Yes, you did read that correctly!
The key words here are dry, unoaked and fruity. If you go to a wine shop or restaurant environment and use those words you should get something you like back.
There are so many great alternatives out there to chose from and you don’t even need to stick to the New Zealand aisle.
In recent years Spain’s Albarino grape, with its peachy fruit and refreshing citrus flavours, has proved itself an exciting change from New Zealand Sauvignon. Its dry, ripe and fruity, and most importantly, unoaked. It pairs well with vegetarian dishes, shellfish, but best of all, you can drink it by itself in front of the TV.
Another option is the Gruner Veltliner grape from Austria. Gruner Veltliner comes in a tall thin bottle you might mistake as Riesling, but it’s nothing of the sort. Again, it’s a dry, unoaked and citrus fruit driven wine. However rather than the ripe orchard fruit found in Albarino, Gruner Veltliner is a bit more savoury, think white pepper and herbs. It’s a great one for elevating fish dishes.
Try our Anything But Chardonnay Box to explore these fun grapes.
This article orginally appeared in Evoke.ie: https://evoke.ie/2020/10/23/food/the-weekly-tipple-i-love-sauvignon-blanc-but-would-love-to-try-something-different