Tag Archives: Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc Needs Rethinks Says Emma Jenkins

Sauvignon Blanc Needs Rethinks Says Emma Jenkins

The “elephant in the room” of the New Zealand wine industry is the fact that its star grape, sauvignon blanc, “suffers from an image problem”, according to wine writer and consultant Emma…

Exploring New Zealand’s Paradise for Wine Lovers

Exploring New Zealand’s Paradise for Wine Lovers

“The Marlborough Sounds is a system of ancient river valleys that have filled up with seawater from the Pacific Ocean,” writes Victoria Moore in an article for The Telegraph. “As…

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Outside the Box

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Outside the Box

“Perhaps no other wine style is as instantly recognisable as New Zealand sauvignon blanc,” Christina Pickard writes for Wine Enthusiast magazine. “It put New Zealand wine on the map in all its brash, aromatic…

Giving NZ Sauvignon Blanc a Second Chance

Giving NZ Sauvignon Blanc a Second Chance

“The last few weeks of Wine School have been as much of an education for me as they may have been for anybody else,” writes Eric Asimov in The New York Times’ column

Sauvignon Blancs Breaking the Rules

Sauvignon Blancs Breaking the Rules

“Whip-cracking acidity, tongue-tingling, citrusy-herby flavours, and pungent aromas give New Zealand sauvignon blancs a punchy, kick-boxing appeal,” Elin McCoy writes for Bloomberg. “Adventurous New Zealand winemakers are now lifting the category to a new…

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Widens Its Scope

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Widens Its Scope

“Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is like no other wine on Earth,” according to Los Angeles Times wine critic Patrick Comiskey. “It’s one of the most recognisable, aromatically peremptory wines in the world. So imagine you’re…

Loveblock Makes New Zealand Wines with Heart & Soul

Loveblock Makes New Zealand Wines with Heart & Soul

“A conversation with Loveblock winery founder Erica Crawford reminds you that love isn’t just an emotion – it can be a catalyst for creating something truly special,” as reported in an article in

In Defense of the Soccer Mom’s Favorite Wine

In Defense of the Soccer Mom’s Favorite Wine

Reliable, inexpensive New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is the go-to wine for many Americans. Is it worthy? And are some even better than just upscale Pinot Grigio? Lettie Teague, wine columnist for The…

Clear Skies Ahead for Cloudy Bay

Clear Skies Ahead for Cloudy Bay

Cloudy Bay, the New Zealand winery that has “become the flag-bearer for New World wines,” is celebrated in the June issue of Air France Magazine. The winery, established in 1985…

New Zealand Chardonnay Trounces Burgundy in Blind Test

New Zealand Chardonnay Trounces Burgundy in Blind Test

“Auckland, on the same latitude as southern Spain, may seem an unlikely location for vineyards capable of making precise ripostes to white burgundy,” British wine critic Jancis Robinson writes for the Financial Times. “But…

New World Versus Old World Sauvignon Blanc

New World Versus Old World Sauvignon Blanc

The first Friday in May was International Sauvignon Blanc Day, and British wine critic Jancis Robinson took part in “a fascinating blind tasting in anticipation of the great day”. “A small group of wine professionals…

Reviving Palates with Lifting Fruit and Zesty Acidity

Reviving Palates with Lifting Fruit and Zesty Acidity

Of the 32 vintages of 2011 and 2012 Marlborough sauvignon blanc tasted at the Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition, nine were awarded gold medals, “an exceptionally high proportion for any…

Marlborough’s Top Dog

Marlborough’s Top Dog

“Never a country to flood markets with bargain swill, New Zealand today boasts the world’s highest average selling price for exported table wine,” Globe and Mail life columnist Beppi Crosariol writes. “I think that…

That Maybe So, But

That Maybe So, But

Sauvignon blanc from New Zealand’s Marlborough region is now Australia’s top-selling white wine. A “savalanche” has left chardonnay and other whites for dust, and that gets right up the noses of Australian winemakers, who…

Koreans Take to Sauvignon

Koreans Take to Sauvignon

Members of the New Zealand community in Seoul, including Trade Commissioner Graeme Solloway (left) recently celebrated a New Zealand vintage winning the best white wine trophy at this year’s Korea Wine Challenge. The Woven…

Half a Century of Wine Style

Half a Century of Wine Style

New Zealand wine pioneer Villa Maria Estate’s Sir George Fistonich is celebrating his 50th vintage in the New Zealand wine industry. Sir George says the enduring popularity of the screwcap closure and sauvignon blanc…

Gobsmackingly Good Wine

Gobsmackingly Good Wine

“Martinborough, at the bottom of the North Island, is alter ego: small, intimate, friendly and with gobsmackingly good vino,” Ian Verrender, business columnist, writes in The Age. “Marlborough produces the bulk of New…

Groundswell Of Riesling

Groundswell Of Riesling

“The emergence of exceptionally fine New Zealand wines proves there is a groundswell of real talent and ambition in these islands,” Jancis Robinson writes in the Financial Times. “Two weeks ago, I came across the…

Fluent in Pinot Noir

Fluent in Pinot Noir

Pinot noir from New Zealand’s Marlborough region is inimitable says the Telegraph’s Victoria Moore. “If I had to choose one New Zealand region whose pinot noir I would drink for the rest of my life, I…

Food Friendly, Easy to Drink

Food Friendly, Easy to Drink

“With more than 5 wineries and 1 wine regions, New Zealand has a vibrant and interesting wine industry,” executive editor of Wine Access magazine Shelley Boettcher writes for the Calgary Herald. “Canada is one…

Leaders in Wine Trends

Leaders in Wine Trends

“New Zealand vintners are trendsetters in the wine world and are leaders in utilizing metal screw-caps, which work well for white wines that are consumed young,” Bill Garlough writes for Sun-Times Media. “They increasing…

Challenging the Purists

Challenging the Purists

Wine producers from New Zealand, the United States and France are switching from glass to plastic wine bottles, saying they are lighter, good for the environment and not bad for the wine. “We see…

Maritime Vines

Maritime Vines

“As land masses go, New Zealand is the youngest country on Earth, having been around for about three million years,” Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson writes for an article in the Winnipeg Free Press. “Averaging around 12km…

Sauvignon Surplus

Sauvignon Surplus

The New Zealand wine industry is primed to suffer from a surfeit of Sauvignon Blanc in the coming years, as wine production expands exponentially and prices drop. Sauvignon Blanc, which makes up 80 percent…

Next Big Things

Next Big Things

NZ’s white aromatic wines rival its world-famous sauvignon blanc, according to Telegraph writer Jonathan Ray. Ray vowed not to drink any sauvignon on his week-long tour of NZ wineries, despite being a “sucker” for the…

A Wine Tourist’s Paradise

A Wine Tourist’s Paradise

Telegraph wine writer Adrian Woodford spent six days in NZ on an intensive wine-tasting tour that encompassed Marlborough, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. He pronounces NZ the “finest country in the world for a wine tourist” and agrees…

Best Bubbles

Best Bubbles

Observer wine critic Tim Atkin champions New World sparkling whites, particularly those from NZ, stating ” every bit as good as most non-vintage champagne and usually considerably cheaper.” According to Atkins, Lindauer Special Brut “consistently delivers the…

Cloudy Bay’s Silver Lining

Cloudy Bay’s Silver Lining

Japan’s Daily Yomiuri tracks the stellar career of NZ’s best known vineyard – Cloudy Bay – in a feature on summery Sauvignons. “NZ zapped into the spotlight in 1985 with Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. The wine…

Kiwi Resourcefulness

Kiwi Resourcefulness

The Guardian takes time out from the New Zealand – England cricket series to talk up World Cup preparations: “England are on the way although they have a way to go, but it would be in…

Meat and a Green

Meat and a Green

Matthew Norman munches steak, savours Cloudy Bay Sauvignon and wonders if the man next to him has former Gov-Gen Lord Arthur Porritt’s edge vintage in his veins.