Conduct a Wine Tasting with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay

Updated: Sep 10, 2021

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What does a Sauvignon Blanc taste like? What does a Chardonnay taste like? How do they compare to each other?

Could you easily explain this to someone? Maybe you’re already very familiar with the tastes and characteristics of these two popular wines. If you are not, then I’ve got a great tasting you should try.

This wine tasting will showcase the characteristics that make both of these varietals unique. By the end, you’ll be able to answer these questions easily and you’ll even be able to identify these two types of wine without having to look at the bottle.

Sophisticated Wine Drinkers - or Not?

You may be surprised that not many wine lovers can tell the difference between these two popular varietals. Once, I attended a wine event at the Union League Club of Chicago. One of our friends was a member and invited us to attend. It was such an amazing event. They had top-notch wineries sampling their best wines and they had an amazing spread of food.

We attended a wine class that explained the business of wine. Discussing how small boutique wineries run their businesses and price their wines compared to the large wineries. It was very interesting.

Of course, at this wine class, we did a tasting. They placed Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay in front of us. Asked us to take a sip of each and then identify which was Sauvignon Blanc and which was Chardonnay. Do you know that most people in that room got it wrong! I was floored.

I thought this was a gimme question and that every one of these sophisticated people would know the answer. It just goes to show that the “sophisticated” people don’t necessarily know more about wine than you!

With that in mind, let’s get started learning some valuable insights about Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. These are insights that most wine lovers don't take the time to understand.

Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay Wine Tasting

Step 1: Pick Up the Wine

Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay, California