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All you need to know about Sauvignon Blanc wines

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Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular white wines in the world, with strong ties to Bordeaux and the Loire Valley in France.

The name ‘Sauvignon Blanc’ means ‘Wild White”, and it is quite different from other white wines like Chardonnay due to its  green and herbaceous flavour.

The Sauvignon Blanc wine grapes is one of the most widely cultivated in the world, thus giving the wine itself a wide range of styles and flavors from grassy to tropical as well as floral, unique to particular brands.

How is the taste?

Like all white wines, Sauvignon Blanc comes with a fruity taste, the primary ones being lime, green apple, passion fruit and white peach. Also, the ripeness of the grapes as well as the time when the wine is produced ensures for how the wine will taste – either zesty lime to flowery peach.

However, the wine stands out from other wines due to its other herbaceous flavours like jalapeño, gooseberry, bell pepper and grass – which all come from aromatic compounds called pyrazines and are the secret to Sauvignon Blanc’s taste.

Sauvignon Blanc is a dry wine.

A sip of Sauvignon Blanc leaves a bit of dryness that comes along with its unique taste. Aside from winemakers in a few producers in regions like New Zealand and California who add a little sugar for a richer texture, most Sauvignon Blanc wines are dry.

Sauvignon Blanc Regions

There are two classes of wine regions that the Sauvignon Blanc belong to. There is the Old World Regions and the New World Regions.

France, with 71,000 acres of Sauvignon Blanc grapes leads the Old world category with vineyards found mostly in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Also known as Pouilly-Fumé, Sancerre, Graves, Entre-Deux-Mers, and Touraine.

Italy has over 45,000 est. acres of the grapes found primarily in Northeastern Italy, while Spain follows with about 6,200 acres grown in Central Spain.

Other Regions in the Old world are Romania and Moldova.

The New World Regions include New Zealand with 41,500 acres in the regions of Marlborough, Martinborough, Gisbourne, Hawkes Bay, and Waipara Valley.

The USA has 40,000 acres found mostly in Sonoma and Napa California, Chile has 31,000 acres, South Africa has 23,500 acres and Australia has 17,500 acres grown predominantly in South Australia and Victoria.

What else about Sauvignon Blanc?

The wine has medium acidity which demands it to be served in a temperature of 46 ºF (8 ºC) unoaked, and 52 ºF (11 ºC) oaked.

It is the parent grape to America’s Cabernet Sauvignon and other varieties similar to it include: Verdejo, Albariño, Colombard, Grüner Veltliner, Verdicchio, Vermentino, Tocai Friulano, Savignan (rare), Traminer, Sauvignon Vert (rare)

In the US, the wine is known as the Fumé Blanc,  Austrians call it Muskat-Silvaner, the Germans know it as Feigentraube while in Italy, it goes by just Sauvignon.

Sauvignon Blanc blends well with Semillon and Muscadelle in White Bordeaux, and can be served with white meat, fish, herbs, cheese and vegetables.


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Why You Should Drink More Expensive Wines

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If you are still questioning why you should spend that extra cash on getting that expensive bottle of wine, scientists have provided a befitting answer to that.

The answer is steeped in the fact that more expensive wines taste better than the cheaper brands you would rather opt for. Researchers in in Germany and France have arrived at an explanation why more expensive wine taste better on the palate. Their findings also relates to the reward areas of the brain, aside from the palate.

Bernd Weber, of Germany’s Bonn University, conducted the research with France’s INSEAD Business School, and published in the journal, “Scientific Reports’’ on Tuesday.

“The reward system is activated in a significantly stronger fashion with higher prices and in this way apparently also the taste experience.

“The fascinating question is now whether we can train the reward system so that it is less susceptible to such ‘placebo marketing’ effects,’’ Weber said.

The experiment made use of 15 men and 15 women, placed in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner for a wine tasting. Each participant was told the price of the wine before drinking a millilitre through a hose.

After drinking, they required to press a button to evaluate the taste of the wine on a nine-point scale. While the wine was always the same wine, the price was given as 3.50, 7 or 21.15 dollars for a bottle.

“As expected, the test subjects claimed that the wine with the higher price tasted better than the cheaper wine,’’ INSEAD researcher Hilke Plassmann said.

The MRI scanner further showed that the frontal lobes and the ventral striatum said to be involved in reward processing and motivation were more active with the higher prices.

“In the end, it seems like the reward and motivation system is playing a trick on us,’’ INSEAD researcher Liane Schmidt concluded.


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