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Fumé Blanc was originally created by famed California winemaker Robert Mondavi in the 1960’s. Sauvignon Blanc did not have a great reputation at the time (although it is now wildly popular and highly respected) and Mondavi wanted to differentiate his Sauvignon Blanc from other nations by coining the name “Fumé Blanc”. The Fumé name is based on the smoke like “mist” that forms in the famed vineyards of the Pouilly Fumé wine region in France. Although Mondavi did not make the addition of oak as a mandatory feauture of Fumé Blanc- adding oak is synonymous with the style. Labels included.
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Native to the Bordeaux region of France, Sauvignon Blanc is now planted world-wide including New Zealand, California and Chile and many other growing regions. Sauvignon Blanc ranges from crisp, dry and in California to over the top aromatics and fruit when expressed by New Zealand winemakers.
California has so much diversity in terroir that there’s a perfect place to grow nearly every kind of grape. In fact, you’ll find more than 100 varieties across the state, giving great latitude to create complex varietals and unique, expressive blends. Unafraid to challenge traditions and methodology- California has become hugely influential in winemaking.
Dry wines like Cabernet and Pinot Grigio have no perceptible amount of sweetness to the drinker and will often be detected as having a drying character in the mouth.
Typically lighter in colour and have lighter tannins. May have residual sugar.
Chardonnays and some lighter red wines might have light oak and is just a subtle part of the wine's overall flavour profile.