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A Quick Guide to Sauvignon Blanc Wine

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Sauvignon Blanc wine is one of the most well known drinks in the world. Many people enjoy it on a daily basis, as it is crisp and refreshing. Although it is a very popular wine, people actually know very little about the history and process of making it.

There are many interesting facts about Sauvignon Blanc that consumers may not know. Although these facts do not affect the amazing taste of the wine they are always interesting to learn, and allow you to appreciate the wine much more. Wine should be drunk because you enjoy the taste. It should never be consumed because you feel that you need to impress people.

Sauvignon Blanc Wine was one of the first wines that could be broken down into clear, distinctive flavours. It has very distinguishing aromas, and flavours that set the wine apart from other styles. This style of wine is very crisp, and high in acidity. Sauvignon Blanc can be distinguished from other wines due to the herbaceous aroma.

Although the growing conditions will alter the flavour slightly this wine is still very distinctive and can be identified with ease. In warmer climates the aroma will give you citrus, melon, and passion fruit flavours. However, an expert will still detect the unique smell of Sauvignon Blanc wine and often be able to tell you what region the grapes were grown in.

Production of the Sauvignon Blanc Wine has always traditionally been in France, however in recent times the vines have been grown in other countries. New Zealand, Chile, Australia, and California now all produce their own varieties of this fantastic wine. The production of Sauvignon Blanc Wine has increased by over 40% in Australia in the last 25 years.

Over one third of the wine production in New Zealand is their variety of Sauvignon Blanc Wine and plantings of the vine are increasing every year. When the first ever acre of land was purchased in the 1970’s for the use of wine growing it would have cost $200. Today the same acre is now worth $85,000 proving that there is still a lot to be made in wine producing.

Sauvignon Blanc vines perform well in sunny weather as it often buds very late, but ripens early in its life. Although the vines enjoy the high temperatures they do need to be observed as they often ripen far too quickly. If this happens the wine that is produced is a dull, flat and highly acidic.

Due to the global warming around the world the wineries need to harvest the vines much earlier than in previous years. This has affected the overall taste, and aroma of the Sauvignon Blanc wine. As white wine drinkers search for an alternative to Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc is the next popular choice.

Although the growing methods, and harvesting has changed over the years Sauvignon Blanc wine still remains a firm favourite when it comes to top quality white wines. Due to its versatility, and ability to be grown in many different countries this wine will remain a firm favourite for many years to come.

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