Once the most widely grown grape in the world, Semillon is now oft forgotten in the discussion of popular white wines. And although it is still the most heavily grown white grape variety in the Bordeaux region of France (where it originated), Semillon has really come into its own in the Hunter Valley region of Australia.
Unlike the traditional, French approach to Semillon – which uses the grape almost exclusively in blends – Australian winemakers commonly bottle Semillon on its own as a dry table wine. A terrific pairing for salads, seafood and white meats, Semillon wines from Australia’s Hunter Valley are a great substitute for Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
One of our favorite Semillon wines is Penmara’s White Ribbon Semillon 2009 vintage. Available in the US at Trader Joe’s at only $5.99/bottle, this Australian table wine is a great and affordable introduction into the world of this overlooked white wine!