Q&A: What’s the difference between Sauvignon Blanc from France vs. New Zealand?

Q. What’s the difference between Sauvignon Blanc from France vs. New Zealand?

A. Sauvignon Blanc is grown around the world and shows up very differently in the glass depending on what region it comes from. French Sauvignon Blanc is mineral-driven, delicate, and may be somewhat restrained. It’s on the opposite end of the spectrum as New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, which is aromatic, intense, often with lots of green and tropical fruit notes.

While grapefruit, gooseberry, and passion fruit are more commonly found in a New Zealand SB, you might actually get kiwi too, sometimes. French toast is more likely to be found in a Champagne, however (those yeasty, toasty, bready notes!). If wines could speak, we’d have no doubt they’d address you saying “Bonjour” or “G’day mate,” and if you swirled them first left and then right, maybe you’d get them to say the opposite.


The Norton Sauvignon Blanc in the Food Friendly Wine Pack is a happy medium between the French and NZ ones: restrained yet fruity and juicy, pick it up at the Wine365 Shop today:

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