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Sauvignon Blanc is the anti-Chardonnay. This light-bodied white wine is a lively, tangy, herb- and citrus-flavored alternative to latter top-selling, buttery beverage, which many of us regularly imbibe.
Sauvignon Blanc comes in a wide variety of styles, from crisp and—not kidding—grassy versions to riper, peach- and mango-scented selections. Produced in many wine regions of the world, Sauvignon Blanc is often one of the most affordable options for a white wine.
Made traditionally in the Loire and Bordeaux regions of France, the Sauvignon Blanc we drink in the U.S. today owes a lot to winemakers in New Zealand, who championed a lean style of wine that smells like fresh-cut grass and has plenty of tangy acidity, but no oak flavors from barrel aging.
What Foods Pair with Sauvignon Blanc?
Sauvignon Blanc goes with cheese, with appetizers, salads, lighter entrees and especially with seafood. Oysters on the half shell, crab cakes, sautéed cod or halibut take to Sauvignon Blanc like mushrooms take to Pinot Noir.
Where Do You Find Great-Value Sauvignon Blanc?
We’ve chosen to define great-value wines as bottles that achieve the highest scores for the lowest cost. In compiling Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Best Buys list, we found that such great-value wine is not limited to any one region. Rather, it can be found in areas spanning the globe.
Below, we’ve pulled 10 Sauvignon Blancs from the recommended $15-and-under category. Altogether, they speak to the incredibly wide variety of affordable wines available to U.S. consumers.