With such a long coastline, it seems appropriate that Sauvignon Blanc from Chile pairs perfectly with seafood. I took park in a live, online blogger tasting sponsored by Wines of Chile exploring coastal white wines and was impressed with the diversity of Sauvignon Blanc. They ranged from the easygoing, light and crisp (Los Vascos) to examples with more richness and body (Ritual). What I liked about the Ritual is though it sees some time in oak barrels, the wine is not dominated by oak flavor. The barrels just give a bit of extra richness and texture.
The best decision I made prior to this tasting was to race to the grocery store to pick up some seafood before the tasting. I seared a piece of halibut, simply adorned with citrus herb salt and pepper, and served it with couscous and carrots. Any lighter-style seafood preparations would be great with these Sauvignon Blancs. Fish tacos were enthusiastically endorsed as a perfect match for these wines by many of the bloggers as well.
So with summer approaching, I implore you to start thinking about Sauvignon Blanc and seafood.
These Sauvignon Blancs were provided as samples by Wines of Chile.