By Carl Hanson
July 29, 2015

To describe the fresh, food-friendly acidity of Sauvignon Blanc, break out the z-words -- zingy! zippy! zesty! Crisp and aromatic, with lots of citrus and grassy flavors, Sauvignon Blanc is freakishly food-friendly, excelling beside seafood, chicken, and moderately spicy dishes. Here are some top-rated recipes to pair with this refreshing white wine!

Arugula Pesto with Sauvignon Blanc | Photo by Meredith

Sauvignon Blanc's bright acidity and herbal aromas also make it a great choice with green salads (try a little goat cheese on there) and vegetarian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc is one of the few wines that can endure asparagus and raw tomatoes. It also likes dishes that are prepared with herbs, particularly cilantro and parsley.

Sauvignon Blanc is the star of the Loire region of France. It also shines in Bordeaux, where it is often blended with Semillon (to add richness). In the New World, New Zealand has emerged as a prime spot for Sauvignon Blanc, along with Chile and California.

These aromatic wines are often at their best when still young. So try recent vintages, when the fresh citrus and tropical fruit flavors are at their lip-smacking best.

Aromas: Grass, gooseberry, nettles, herbs, tropical fruit, citrus, and fig.

Arugula Salad with Scallops | Photo by Meredith

Some favorite recipes to pair with Sauvignon Blanc:

1. Fried Chicken

2. Crab Cakes

3. Baked and Roasted Chicken

4. Veggie and Vegetarian Recipes

5. Grilled Seafood

Swordfish Italian with Sauvignon Blanc | Photo by Allrecipes