A Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc shortage? Fear not…

A shocking headline in the Daily Telegraph grabbed my attention recently “Wine shortage: New Zealand sauvignon blanc set to disappear from shelves in run-up to Christmas”.  Ok, so it’s not really ‘shocking’ but for those of you, who like me, enjoy a nice cold glass of Kiwi Savvy, it is shall we say, slightly concerning!What it essentially means, is the mass produced glut of sauvignon juice which goes into many of the Supermarket ‘own’ brands just won’t be available…so…

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The Wines of Spain

Spain is fast becoming my “go to” country for great value, good quality wines, if you know where to look you can get some fabulous wines but you do need to be careful of mass produced ‘soft brand’ wines which come from across the Castilla-La-Mancha region – a region which produces vast swathes of grapes, many of which go into low cost, high volume wine where quantity tends to outweigh quality (although you can find boutique gems if you…

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International Sauvignon Blanc Day – May 7th 2021

Sauvignon Blanc is one of those varieties that really divides opinion, wine snobs may look down their noses feeling it lacks complexity and subtlety (which it can!) but I am firmly in the ‘love’ it camp. Love it or loathe it though, one thing is for certain, it is hugely distinctive and perhaps it is because it is so easily recognisable that it has become one of the UK’s most popular white wines?At its best it is unapologetically pungent,…

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World Malbec Day

As recently as the turn of the century the word “Malbec” would hardly have registered with British wine drinkers. The last decade however has seen a big change and today wines made from Malbec are among the most popular with UK consumers. As we approach World Malbec Day (on the 17th April)  I thought now would be a good time to explore the grape in a bit more detail.  A Bit of History Malbec’s vinous roots lie in France,…

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Battle of the Sauvignon Blancs!

I have always had a soft spot for New Zealand and its wine, and it was a vinous experience way back in the 1990s that proved to be my epiphany – getting me interested in wine in general and New Zealand wines in particular.  A love affair that remains to this day. I tried a wine that was so different from anything I had tasted before – it quite literally grabbed me by the throat with its pungent intensity. …

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