Drinking and Pairing Sancerre with Food

Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé are winegrowing regions sitting on opposite sides of the Loire River in central France. While Sancerre produces red and rosé wines from the Pinot Noir grape and Pouilly grows a small amount of the white Swiss Chasselas grape, it is the dry, aromatic, fresh white wines from Sauvignon Blanc that makes these two regions world famous. The wines are aged in stainless steel and tend to be bone-dry with high acidity.

Pair Sancerres with salad greens and other sharp ingredients like capers, tomatoes, and vinaigrettes. Sautéed white fish, oysters, smoked salmon, and lighter foods flavored with fresh herbs all work well with the Sauvignon Blanc grape. It is classic with goat's milk cheeses especially those from the Sancerre region such as Crotin de Chavignol and chèvre.

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Sancerre pairs well with:

Shellfish

Asparagus

Japanese cuisine

Foods cooked via Poach/Steam

Herbaceous dishes