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Fill in the blanc: the many styles of Sauvignon Blanc

Written by: Chad Umansky

Fill in the blanc: the many styles of Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blancs are some of the world's most refreshing white wines, especially during the hot summer days. But if you've noticed, not all Sauvignon Blancs taste the same. This crisp, refreshing white wine comes in a wide variety of styles depending on where the grapes are grown and how ripe they are when the wine is made.

Slightly ripe Sauvignon Blanc grapes have bright citrus flavors, think fresh lime and grapefruit. As it ripens further, it develops tropical notes of kiwi and passion fruit, while at its most ripe, Sauvignon Blanc has flavors of peaches and apricots.

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There are a few different regions where great Sauvignon Blanc is made and each region has a slightly different style. So how do you know which bottle to pick without running into the Goldilocks dilemma? We've got the low down on the Sauvignon Blancs that shine from every region of the world, so you can find one that is just right.

If you like:

     *lime zest, grapefruit and fresh cut grass, try Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand  

     *citrus, apple and honeysuckle try Sauvignon Blancs from Bordeaux, France

     *lime, peach and clean minerality, try Sauvignon Blancs from Sancerre, France

     *melon, lemon and apple, try Sauvignon Blancs from Chile

     *passion fruit, peach and apricot, try Sauvignon Blancs from California


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