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Sauvignon Blanc

Everyday Food, July/August 2003

With its straw color and crisp, herbal flavor, this food-friendly white might just be the perfect summer wine.

Where Does It Come From?
The Sauvignon Blanc grape is widely grown in France -- the Loire Valley and the Bordeaux region -- and in California, New Zealand, Chile, and Washington state.

How Does It Taste?
Sauvignon Blanc, also known as Fume Blanc, is tart, grassy, and dry, often tasting of citrus, melon, and passion fruit.

What Food Does It Go With?
It's a perfect match for grilled seafood, chicken, and vegetables; it's also good with spicy and ethnic cuisines, such as Thai, Mexican, and Chinese.

How Much Does It Cost?
Sauvignon Blanc is extremely affordable; it's easy to find a bottle for less than $10.

How Is It Served?
The wine should be chilled (50 degrees to 55 degrees Fahrenheit) but should not be so cold as to mask its flavors.