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Watch: A Guide to Sauvignon Blanc

Including aromatics, glassware, and more

Rosé is on the verge of becoming passé. For Patrick Cappiello, the wine director at Rebelle in New York City, Sauvignon Blanc hits the spot on a hot summer's day. In a video for Indulgence, Cappiello walks through the qualities of the wine and how they change depending on the region of origin.

Cappiello says Sauvignon Blanc can serve as an aperitif or a primer, opening your appetite and preparing your mouth for rich or lighter foods. Two great regions for this wine, he said, are the Loire Valley in France and Santa Barbara County in California. The wines from each region will have some distinctions, courtesy of their growing time and soil, among other factors.

For Sauvignon Blanc, which is served chilled (but not too cold), smaller glasses reduce the exposed surface area of the wine, which keeps it cool longer. This, of course, is important for beating the heat. And if you're looking for a snack with your wine, raw shellfish and artichokes will pair well with a dry version of the white wine.

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