Don’t let Sauv Blanc be misunderstood

This fresh, grassy white has New Zealand beating France at its own game.

Flickr Photo: Connie Ma
The go-to wine for many Ontarians is a bottle of Oyster Bay Sauv Blanc, usually readily available on LCBO shelves.
Asha Hingorani
Published: Wednesday, 01/27/2016 12:00 am EST

It may be one of the most misunderstood grape varieties. It hides under many aliases. Sauvignon Blanc is sometimes referred to as Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé (not to be confused with Pouilly-Fuissé, a white Burgundy made from Chardonnay) or even the late Robert Mondavi’s coined term Fumé Blanc, a drier style of Sauvignon Blanc. Whatever the name, Sauvignon Blanc is also recognized by its strong grassy aroma that, unfortunately, some say may even smell like cat’s pee.

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