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Class 7: New World Model: California

Complete your Tasting Worksheet as you complete each step. The most important points for these specific wines are highlighted throughout the tasting.



  • Both wines should be clear.


Color and Intensity

  • Sancerre has tinges of green in its color and is typically paler than New World Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Made with riper grapes that have developed more color, California Sauvignon Blanc is more straw or yellow in color, and usually darker than Sancerre.



  • The California Sauvignon Blanc is likely to have more persistent legs -- and a higher alcohol content.


Remember to record your observations on the Tasting Worksheet.

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