Sauvignon Vert (SO-vin-nyawn vert)

A lightly floral, slightly spicy grape which is not related to sauvignon blanc, but rather, is the same as Italy’s friulano planted in the northeastern Italian region of Friuli- Venezia Giulia. In the New World, the grape (also known as sauvignonasse) was popular in Chile right up through the 1980s. Indeed many old-style Chilean wines labeled sauvignon blanc were actually sauvignon vert. Today, sauvignon vert is rarely planted in Chile—its place having been taken by true sauvignon blanc and sauvignon gris.

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