Food & Drink

Wine Line: This white wine’s on the rise

Chardonnay is still No. 1 in the U.S. wine market, but sales were flat in 2014 for the first time in years, according to a Nielsen Report. The report also noted that the hottest varieties sold were sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon. This is great news. Sauvignon blanc (SAW-vin-yon blawnk) is my go-to white wine. It’s lighter, less expensive than chardonnay and much more food friendly. Grapefruity, herbaceous, citrus-y and freshly mown grass are typical descriptors. Some have notes of gooseberries and a touch of minerality (think wet stones).

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