Sauvignon Blanc a Pacific Northwest favorite

By on January 17, 2016
Barnard Griffin receives Sauvignon Blanc from Sagemoor Vineyards.

Sauvignon Blanc from Sagemoor Vineyards arrives at Barnard Griffin in Richland, Wash., for processing. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

One of the Northwest’s longtime steadily growing white wines is Sauvignon Blanc.

In Washington, it is the No. 4 white grape, after Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, bringing in about 7,000 tons during the 2014 harvest.

Often, Sauvignon Blanc is the first grape picked, usually around Labor Day. Winemakers appreciate its bright, sleek acidity, while consumers love it for its ability to perfectly pair with seafood, particularly shellfish such as oysters, crab or scallops.

While Sauvignon Blanc is a fairly important grape in Washington, it’s fairly rare elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest. For example, it ranks seventh among white varieties in Oregon – behind even Müller-Thurgau – but it can be found  if you dig around.

Here are 10 examples of Sauvignon Blanc we’ve tasted recently.

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Articles credited to Great Northwest Wine are authored by Eric Degerman and other contributors. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.


  1. Laurie Brauss says:

    No list of Sauv Blancs is visible
    I am viewing via tablet

  2. Kt says:

    Great article. Thank you for focusing on this neglected grape.

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