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Making the Case for Age-Worthy Sauvignon Blanc. Yes, Sauvignon Blanc.

Making the Case for Age-Worthy Sauvignon Blanc. Yes, Sauvignon Blanc.

Noble grape Sauvignon Blanc is an Old World enigma wrapped in a New Zealand supermarket circular. Grown and exported around the world, it’s become so ubiquitous that one Twitter user likened it to the “chicken Caesar Salad” of restaurant wine lists. With machine harvesting and stainless-steel fermentation, the oft-imitated style is easy to make inexpensively. […]

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Ain’t No Party Like a Medieval European Wine Battle

Ain’t No Party Like a Medieval European Wine Battle

Those who equate wine with sophistication and civility must not know about the Battle of the Wines. Called La Bataille des Vins in its original French, this circa-1224 poem by Henry d’Andeli depicts an epic, wine-soaked battle royale. It’s rich with trash-talking clergy, nationalistic rivalries, and bathroom humor. The hero of our story is King […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Sauvignon Blanc From Sancerre

An Illustrated Guide to Sauvignon Blanc From Sancerre

Sancerre is an example of what the right grape in the right terroir can produce. Sauvignon Blanc thrives in Sancerre’s cool continental climate and varied soil types of limestone, chalk, and flint, producing fresh wines with high acidity, crisp, lean fruit and definite minerality. Come discover one of the Loire Valley’s most beautiful gems with […]

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Seven Loire Valley Wines You Must Be Drinking This Fall

Seven Loire Valley Wines You Must Be Drinking This Fall

For those of you that haven’t heard, the Loire Valley is *still* one of the wine world’s best kept secrets. Situated in the northwestern part of France, the Loire Valley wine region encompasses various terroirs along the length of France’s longest river, starting with Muscadet on the Atlantic coast, all the way to Sancerre, just […]

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Wine School Lesson Three: Learning Sancerre And Sauvignon Blanc Are The Same Thing

Wine School Lesson Three: Learning Sancerre And Sauvignon Blanc Are The Same Thing

Each month New York Times critic Eric Asimov is conducting a wine lesson for his readers. Our writer Sara Ivry is participating and writing about the experience for VinePair. It was the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, the first really hot spring day, and I had been up since approximately 4:37 when a throaty staccato […]

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