Sauvignon blanc food pairing is an interesting topic as it is a favourite wine for many people. This crisp and herbaceous wine pairs wonderfully with a wide range of dishes, snacks and cheeses. This guide will help you to find the best food for your Sauvignon Blanc.
Published July 16th 2020
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular grape varieties in the world. It is made in almost every wine-producing country and there are many different styles available. With its characteristic flavours of gooseberry, passionfruit and herbs, it pairs very well with a wide range of dishes. In this guide we will help you find the best food for your bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.
Sauvignon Blanc, which means “Wild White” in French, is one of the most common white grape varieties. It is originally from Bordeaux in France, but today it is planted all over the world. There are many different styles and flavours, but it is mostly produced in a crisp light-bodied style with high acidity.
Depending on where it is grown it can express different aromas and the most common ones are gooseberry, grass, citrus, dried herbs, mineral and passion fruit. Some of the most famous wine regions for Sauvignon Blanc wines are Bordeaux and Loire in France, Marlborough in New Zealand and Sonoma in the USA. Chile, South Africa, Spain, Australia and Italy are also producing good Sauvignon Blanc wines.
Sauvignon blancs from France are usually more mineral with aromas of citrus, gooseberry and herbs. Sauvignon blancs from New Zealand are more expressive with noticable aromas of tropical fruit. For Sauvignon blanc with the typical "green" profile, try one from South Africa.
Sauvignon blanc goes well with a wide range of foods. When pairing food with Sauvignon Blanc, you need to consider the characteristics of the food and the wine.
Sauvignon blanc should always be served cold. The ideal serving temperature is 7-10°C (45-48°F).
Sauvignon Blanc together with goat cheese is one of the most classic wine and food pairings. The herbaceous character of the wine brings out the nutty and herbal flavours of the cheese. It is also a great choice of wine to serve together with a cheese platter with different types of cheeses. If you want to know more about different types of goat cheeses and their perfect Sauvignon Blanc pairings, you can read about it in our extensive wine and cheese guide.
The crips and light character of Sauvignon Blanc makes it an excellent paring with light fish dishes and seafood. A glass of Sauvignon Blanc, especially a French Sancerre, with oysters will taste delicious thanks to the mineral and citrus flavours. It matches very well with delicate fish dishes, including salmon with herbs and lemon.
White meat like chicken and turkey also pairs well with Sauvignon Blanc. Especially poultry with dried or fresh herbs and lemon favours will pair excellent with a glass of herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc. Chicken dishes with tropical fruits like pineapple will taste delicious with a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zeeland. The flavours of tropical fruits in the wine match well with sweet and savoury flavours of the food.
Tips! Sauvignon Blanc is also a good choice for Thai food due to its aromas of lemon grass and basil.
Vegetarian food and wine pairing can be a bit tricky, but a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc is often a good choice. It matches well with lighter dishes like a raw salad or boiled vegetables. Many raw vegetables taste bitter, which makes them difficult to pair with wine. Bitter vegetables include ruccola, kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, asparagus, artichokes and radish. A crisp herbaceous white wine like Sauvignon Blanc is a good option with bitter foods.
Vegetarian food offers a great variety of different flavours, cooking methods and ingredients. To learn more about the best wine for vegetarian dishes, we recommend our wine guide for vegetarian food.
Pasta pesto and Sauvignon blanc is a great match as both the food and wine have green flavours and high acidity. With its high acidity, Sauvignon Blanc also pairs well with pastas with cream, lemon, garlic or vinaigrette.
Believe it or not, but it is possible to drink Sauvignon Blanc together with some desserts if you choose a fruity. The fruitiness in the wine pairs will with tart and tangy fruity desserts, such as lemon pie or passion fruit pavlova.
Tips! Choose Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand, Australia or California if you want a more fruity style.
Sauvignon Blanc is a good wine choice for many different snacks, such as potato chips, nuts and salty crackers. This grassy wine pairs especially well with herbaceous snacks such as marinated green olives or basically anything with herbs. The wine can also be enjoyed by itself as an aperitif.
Enjoy your bottle of Sauvignon blanc with your food!