After a long day, I love coming home to a crisp and refreshing glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. When first learning to blind taste, New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs really helped my confidence. They are so distinct and easy to distinguish once you learn the characteristic notes. Marlborough is located on the South Island, and is known as the main growing region in New Zealand. The cooler climate and longer growing season lend to more acidic and pungent wines. As soon as I stick my nose in a glass of wine and smell grapefruit and green peppers, I know I am drinking a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The aromatic compounds known as pyrazines (jalapeños and bell peppers) are one of the most unique flavors of this varietal. They allow for an herbaceous wine that is often complemented with the bright acidity of citrus. Passion fruit, gooseberry, and lemongrass are other primary flavors of these wines. Because Sauvignon Blancs are grown all around the world, their flavor profiles vary from region to region. If you appreciate the herbs and citrus notes in your Sauv Blancs, try one from New Zealand, specifically Marlborough.