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Magazine Archives: Jan. 31, 1996

California Sauvignon Blanc: Better-balance means good wines at reasonable prices from all over the state

Issue: January 31, 1996


January 31, 1996 Wine Spectator Yearbook California Sauvignon Blanc Better-balance means good wines at reasonable prices from all over the state By Harvey Steiman People who get passionate about Sauvignon Blanc love those grassy, herbal flavors, that bracing tang of citrusy acidity and all-out flavor assault that characterize the top Sancerres of France and Sauvignon Blancs of New Zealand.

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