Sauvignon Blanc originated in the Loire Valley of northwest France (where it is often labeled regionally as "Sancerre" or "Pouilly-Fume" - both place names). Today Sauvignon Blanc may be found in many international wine regions with California and Chile producing some top-notch offerings. However, New Zealand has taken this grape to new heights in the cool Marlborough region, producing racy wines with its signature grapefruit nose and full of citrus flavors. This white wine is widely available as a single varietal bottling and is typically ready to drink upon release, meant to be enjoyed sooner rather than later.
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most food-friendly wines around, completely capable of hanging with trickier veggie-based dishes, bringing out the best in all sorts of fancy cheese finds and making significant headway with any recipe calling for fresh herbs.