Probably of French origin, this grape is important in Bordeaux, where it goes into both dry and sweet wines, often blended with sauvignon blanc and sometimes muscadelle. Though it is grown in California, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, and many other countries, its most important non-French venue is Australia, where it has thrived, and is often blended with chardonnay. It typically displays a citrus or green apple character.

Serve With

Clams and oysters, lobster and other crustaceans, grilled vegetables, and grilled or fried chicken, and dishes flavored with lemon or lime.