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It's notable that his first three wines are New World -- and that every one of them is under screwcap. A modern touch, but one that may eventually become standard, even in such a tradition-rich winegrowing nation as France. "They're starting to go through wholesale changes over in France, because wine is not selling. I think exports are down 30--40 percent from France to North America in the last few years. People are going out of business. So the EU is loosening up policies about things that it used to prohibit, things that will allow the producer to compete a little bit better."

But while that might one day mean Screwcaps for All, such a policy also carries risks. It's part of the reason why Sauvignon Republic exists. "Wherever you go in the Sauvignon Blanc world," says Buechsenstein, "people are upgrading. They're replanting vineyards, trying to access good technology, trying to clean up their act. But in many cases, I fear this is going to be at the expense of some of those traditional flavors, those things we associate with terroir in certain regions. We have to guard against this. One of our visions is to try to educate people about these flavors and their specific origins, so that people will learn to appreciate them. If no one appreciates them, there will be no demand, and someday, all our white wines will taste alike. We want to glory in this diversity; we want to emphasize it and support it."

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