David Cobbold

David Cobbold

About David Cobbold

An active wine writer, broadcaster and teacher who came from England to live in France in 1973, David has worked in the wine trade fulltime since 1983. For the past 18 years, he has been running his own business as a writer and journalist, as well as teaching wine knowledge to wine lovers and professionals, via l’Académie du Vin de Paris and wine clubs. In addition to articles for various specialist wine magazines in France (Regal and Gault Millau), Canada (Vins et Vignobles), the UK, Japan (Wands) and India (Sommelier India), David is author or co-author of more than 20 books on wine.

December 2018

Henry Marionnet and his ungrafted Sauvignon

2018-12-13T10:47:46+02:00December 12th, 2018|Sauvignon Committee|

Almost all vines are now grafted onto rootstock to prevent the return of the deadly phylloxera louse. In the Loire Valley, Henry Marionnet has chosen to try to do without this usually necessary precaution in part of his vineyard. David Cobbold reports on the results of his experiments. The Touraine region of the Loire valley, apparently [...]

February 2017

How pioneers wrote the story of Sauvignon blanc and research

2017-02-06T11:25:38+02:00February 6th, 2017|Sauvignon Committee|

David Cobbold looks at how Sauvignon blanc spread thanks to the pioneering efforts of a clutch of wine growers and how research, when properly used, can provide the tools for precision management. It is only fitting that a review of pioneering research into Sauvignon blanc should start with a tribute to one of its leading [...]

July 2016

Style evolution of white Sauvignon : a trend ?

2016-10-24T15:11:11+02:00July 5th, 2016|Sauvignon Committee|

Eviter la répétition La réussite progressive du sauvignon blanc néo-zélandais sur les marchés mondiaux a inauguré un nouveau style, imité ailleurs dans l'Hémisphère sud. A la recherche de nouveaux marchés, des pays comme l'Australie, l'Afrique du Sud ou le Chili ont planté du sauvignon et tenté de suivre l'exemple de la Nouvelle-Zélande. Mais, comme souvent [...]

May 2016

Styria: A prime Austrian wine region for growing Sauvignon blanc

2019-06-14T11:05:56+02:00May 19th, 2016|Sauvignon Committee|

Austria accounts for just 1% of global wine production and although the vast majority of Austrian-grown wines are white, the most widespread variety is not Sauvignon blanc but Grüner Veltliner, which is extensively planted in the country’s two main wine regions. The third largest region, Styria or Steiermark, along the border with Slovenia, is where [...]

December 2014

Wining and dining with Sauvignon blanc

2019-06-14T11:06:03+02:00December 17th, 2014|Sauvignon Committee|

Any discussion about the virtually endless topic of food and wine pairings requires at least a cursory introduction to both the aromatic and taste profile of a varietal with such a distinctive character. Expressive examples – and most, but not all Sauvignon blancs are – offer up aromas ranging from grass to lime, peach to [...]

October 2014

Sauvignon blanc – on its own or blended, a truly versatile grape variety

2019-06-14T11:06:24+02:00October 28th, 2014|Sauvignon Committee|

Some grape varieties owe their claim to fame to single varietal offerings, whilst others have reached the pinnacle of success through blends. Only a tiny handful have achieved both, and Sauvignon blanc is one of them. It is not for me to say whether single varietals are better than blends or vice versa. In fact, [...]

February 2014

Sauvignon blanc – a versatile French varietal turned global star

2019-06-14T11:07:32+02:00February 14th, 2014|Sauvignon Committee|

The exact origins of Sauvignon blanc – when and where it first appeared in France – remain a mystery but it is highly likely that it originated somewhere in the Loire Valley. The first known reference to the variety dates back to 1534 though it was mentioned under one of its ancient synonyms, Fiers. The [...]