Wine for Normal People: Time for another look at New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

View over Waipara Valley, North Canterbury In this episode with Elizabeth Schneider at Wine for Normal People we discuss New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and in particular Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. After bursting onto the international scene and planting New Zealand near the top of the list of easy to understand and enjoyable Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough […]

The Drinks Business: Maria Luz Marín, Chile

Published The Drinks Business, 25 February 2016. Viña Casa Marín Lo Abarca. Image: Viña Casa Marín During a recent visit to Australia, Maria Luz Marín of Viña Casa Marín sat down with me in Melbourne for a chat before a tasting of her wines, hosted by South American wine specialists Untapped Fine Wines. Looking back […]

Wine Times Hong Kong: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc shortage

First published Wine Times Hong Kong August 2015 print edition. (Image credit: Harvesting Sauvignon Blanc for Greywacke Wild Sauvignon, Yarrum Vineyard, Marlborough. Photo: Kevin Judd.) Recent reports in the press suggest a shortage of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc may be imminent due to the comparatively small 2015 harvest and while quality has been assessed as very […]

Chilean wine: Aresti – keeping it in the family

Last week I received a selection of wines from the Aresti winery in Chile. Being a fan of Chilean wines but not knowing too much about Aresti I was keen to find out more and taste through the samples received. Aresti Wine of Chile dates to 1951 when Vicente Aresti decided to establish a winery […]

Dessert Wine: A stack of “stickies” from New Zealand

“Stickies” is a term commonly used in Australia and New Zealand to refer to dessert wines and on our recent road trip to New Zealand we came across three fabulous examples from Alpha Domus in Hawke’s Bay, Greywacke in Marlborough and Waipara’s Pegasus Bay. Representing a fraction of New Zealand’s exports (0.02%, or 37,000L in 2014) these wines certainly pack a […]

Ferrari Carano: Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County

Wine Tasted: Ferrari Carano Wines, Sonoma County, Fumé Blanc, 2013 At a recent tasting with my WSET Diploma group the 2013 Ferrari Carano Fumé Blanc was one of the wines in our lineup. With pro-Sauvignon Blanc and I-would-rather-have-anything-else drinkers in our group it was very interesting to find that the unanimous assessment was very favourable […]

Lower Alcohol Wine – Just What the Doctor Ordered …

Wines Tasted Forrest Wines, Marlborough, The Doctors’ Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Forrest Wines, Marlborough, The Forrest Collection Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 The stars seemed to have aligned in my small part of the universe to afford me not only the opportunity of meeting Dr. John Forrest of Forrest Wines but to taste one of his low alcohol […]

Margaret River Wine – A Conversation

Wines Tasted Thompson Estate, Sémillon Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Happs Three Hills, Sémillon Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Deep Woods, Reserve Chardonnay, 2012 Rosily Vineyard, Chardonnay 2011 Pierro, Chardonnay, 2011 Vasse Felix, Heytesbury Chardonnay, 2011 Xanadu, Reserve Chardonnay, 2010 Credaro Family Estate, Chardonnay, 2010 Credaro Family Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Pierro, Fermoy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Happs Three […]

It’s wine from Chile but not as we know it

Wines Tasted Matetic Vineyards, Corralillo Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Matetic Vineyards, EQ Chardonnay, 2010 Matetic Vineyards, Corralillo Winemaker’s Blend, Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, 2010 Matetic Vineyards, EQ Syrah, 2010 Matetic Vineyards, Matetic Syrah, 2009 Last week I had the good fortune to be invited to a lunch with Northeast Wines & Spirits and Chilean winery Matetic […]

Winestate Tasting – Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Wines Tasted Coal Pit Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Coal Pit Vineyard, Pinot Noir, 2012 Flint’s of Coonawarra, Rostrevor Shiraz, 2008 Flint’s of Coonawarra, Rostrevor Shiraz, 2007 Yesterday I attend the Winestate tasting of boutique wines from Australia and New Zealand. Winestate Magazine is Australia and New Zealand’s oldest wine publication and has been in existence […]

Grover Vineyards Cellar Door Visit – Nandi Hills Region, Karnataka, India

Wines Tasted: Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Viogner 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Rosé 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz 2011 Grover Vineyards, La Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah 2010 A pale blue sky above orange soil, purple wisteria and white frangipani moving gently in the hot, dry […]