kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


What the heck is a gooseberry?

Fans of Sauvignon Blanc will often hear the wine described as having a flavor of gooseberries.

You may ask yourself "what the heck is a gooseberry, and what does it taste like?"

Well, if you taste Sauvignon Blanc, and detect a tart flavor that you just can't put your finger on...that's most likely gooseberry. Related to the currant, it's grown in the U.S. and in Europe, and has a very distinct flavor. (If you like sour foods, then you'll probably like these...)

Trader Joe's sells them in the dried fruit section. But I'm warning you now that they will make your mouth pucker (I love all things sour, and my mouth is watering as I'm writing this...) And Gourmet magazine has a recipe for gooseberry pie.

So, the next time you have a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, and what you smell and taste isn't grass, or grapefruit, or lemon (other varietal characteristics), remember that it could be the flavor of this small, tart berry with the huge punch.