Tag Archives: Sauvignon Blanc

• Sublime, Magical Sauternes. Sadly Underappreciated. Fix that!

Sublime, Magical Sauternes. Sadly Underappreciated. Fix that!

The Grands Crus de Bordeaux wine tasting of the 2013 vintage rolled into the Fairmont Miramar hotel and, even though the 2013 vintage got a bad rap, the place was packed. There were over 70 Châteaux pouring and that, dear reader, is daunting for this wino who swallows and doesn’t spit, which I find disgusting […]

• We love this guy so he’s excused for launching another celebrity wine

We love this guy so he’s excused for launching another celebrity wine

Graham Norton, of English chat show fame…and well-deserved, we might add…launched his very own SauviGNon blanc and it has flown off the shelves in the UK and Ireland. It is said that Graham spent a whole day tasting a few samples from six different vineyards in the Marlborough region and came up with his very […]

• Brace Yourself: Game of Thrones Wine is Coming

Brace Yourself: Game of Thrones Wine is Coming

Winter is coming…and after that, it’s spring, and time for Game of Thrones season 5 — along with a series of wines themed from Westeros and beyond. The wines are a project of Sydney, Australia-based Common Ventures The twelve different varieties are all themed for a different group — the Great Houses Tyrell, Lannister, Stark, […]

• Winery launches interactive wine label. But how’s the wine?

Winery launches interactive wine label. But how’s the wine?

Terravant Wine Company, in California’s Central Coast, has launched ‘Scratchpad’, a new range of wines with mostly blank labels, ready for drinkers to customise and share via social media. Scratchpad claims to be “the wine industry’s first interactive label”. Each bottle of wine has a largely blank front label, in the style of a sheet […]

• The Right Temperatures to Serve Red and White Wines

The Right Temperatures to Serve Red and White Wines

If you’re serving your red wines at room temperature and your whites straight out of the fridge, you’re probably doing it wrong. Wine temperature is a lot more important than most people realize; it can dramatically affect how you experience flavor and aroma. When served too warm, red wines lose their nuance, coming across as […]

• Junk Food And Wine…A Pairing Made In Heaven!

Junk Food And Wine…A Pairing Made In Heaven!

If you need permission to start pairing wine with junk food, sommelier Anthony Giglio will give it to you. His seminar at Pebble Beach Food & Wine combined everything from french fries to salsa and chips with superb, hard-to-pronounce wines (many of which were French, shh!). He explains, “Wine belongs on the table. It’s a […]

• 1.7 million gallons of wine went from Chile to China in one year

1.7 million gallons of wine went from Chile to China in one year

Chilean wine producers aim to prosper on the booming Chinese export market. There are approximately 4.6 million consumers of Chilean wines, such as Sauvignon. China’s status as Chile’s largest trading partner is largely fueled by the Asian giant’s insatiable appetite for raw materials, but as its emerging middle class looks abroad to source luxury items, […]

• Seriously? E L James Launches 50 Shades of Grey Wine

Seriously? E L James Launches 50 Shades of Grey Wine

50 Shades of Grey author E L James has launched a range of wines inspired by the erotic trilogy. Both Red Satin and White Silk are made from grapes grown in California. The wines carry a simple black label framed by a metallic diamond-shaped pattern and run with the tagline: “You. Are. Mine.” The pair went […]

• Prosecco Cocktails That Really Pop

Prosecco Cocktails That Really Pop

In the golden era of Harry’s Bar, the Venetian hangout of Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles, the drink of choice was a Bellini. Pretty to the eye and to the palate, this famous pink cocktail is merely a mix of two parts Prosecco to one part peach purée. It remains a crowd pleaser, […]

• Do we really need this? Pinot Noir flavored popcorn?

Do we really need this? Pinot Noir flavored popcorn?

A gourmet popcorn bar in New York combined two healthy foods into a trendy snack — wine-soaked popcorn, the artisan popcorn maker says. Artisan popcorn maker Populence teamed up with the New Zealand winery Kim Crawford to create two new wine-soaked popcorn flavors: Pinot Noir Chocolate Drizzle and Sauvignon Blanc Kettle, ABC-News reported. “I love […]

• Wine’s Tom Hanks: Why Everyone Loves Sancerre

Wine’s Tom Hanks: Why Everyone Loves Sancerre

CELEBRITIES, consumer brands and countless TV shows are deemed successes or failures based in part on their “Q Scores,” which measure familiarity and mass appeal. (Tom Hanks, for example, is a perpetual high scorer, while Lindsay Lohan ranks unsurprisingly low.) If wines were accorded similar ratings, I’m certain that Sancerre would top the list. Consider […]

• Popularity of Chardonnay declines…movin’ on…

Popularity of Chardonnay declines…movin’ on…

Malbec, Spanish varietals, sparkling wines and Pinot Noir all are growing in popularity, while Chardonnay consumption is down, according to a survey of wine experts commissioned by Napa Technology, a designer and manufacturer of wine preservation equipment. Forty percent of the 90 respondents in the February 2013 survey of sommeliers, wine directors, restaurant and hotel […]

• Top 10 Wine Brands

Top 10 Wine Brands

Last year’s top brand retained its leading position by some measure, however Concha y Toro’s growth easily outstripped all on the list. Once again wines from the New World are dominating the top 10 brands, highlighting the importance of strong marketing to make and maintain a global brand. Concha y Toro saw huge growth over the […]

• Can wine drinkers tell if screw caps or corks are used?

Can wine drinkers tell if screw caps or corks are used?

To help winemakers determine the best caps for their wine bottles, researchers at UC Davis, are studying the performance – specifically the variability – within different types of closures. Their goal is to determine whether consumers can taste the difference in wines that are bottled and capped exactly the same – a difference that could […]

• Yum! Wine-infused Popsicles, perfect for summer

Yum! Wine-infused Popsicles, perfect for summer

When it comes to wine, I typically prefer mine in liquid form. But when the PR team representing Kim Crawford Wines approached me about testing their vino-based popsicles, I couldn’t resist. They even sent me a kit to bribeease me into the task. The kit included a pair of people’s pops-designed recipes for pinot noir-infused […]