Sauvignon Blanc: The New Safe Drink

Has managed to escape Chardonnay-type backlash
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2010 8:46 AM CDT
Sauvignon Blanc: The New Safe Drink
Safe choice.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Sauvignon Blanc is officially the new safe drink—it's cheap, consistent, and, all of a sudden, it's everywhere, writes Lettie Teague for the Wall Street Journal. "It's the only wine I drink by the glass," a friend tells Teague. "I feel like I always know what I'm going to get." That consistency has made it the second most popular drink in America, after Chardonnay. Even lawyers like it, Teague jokes.

Unlike Chardonnay, however, Sauvignon Blanc has managed to escape a backlash. There is no 'ABSB' (anything but Sauvignon Blanc) protest to match the 'ABC' (anything but Chardonnay) movement. Sure, Sauvignon Blanc may not be as classy as Cabernet, but it's "lively," "refreshing," and pairs will with food. Hey, what's not to like? (If you aren't convinced, click here for a list of some little-known, but "thrilling" wines.)

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