Paul White

Paul White

About Paul White

Dr. Paul White’s first bottle of wine was a Sauvignon blanc from Bordeaux. Its label had a herd of cows on it and he bought it from the Iowa State Liquor store in Des Moines. He felt very sophisticated after drinking it, and it made him smile too. Eventually he moved to Oregon in 1972 where he drank a lot of Robert Mondavi’s ground breaking Fume Blanc. In the mid-1980s, while captain of the Oxford University Blind Wine Tasting Team, he blind tasted his first New Zealand Savvy. Its psychedelic style blew his mind.

May 2019

Underdog ‘Cool Climate’ Sauvignons from Portugal’s Atlantic Coast

2019-05-21T11:59:27+02:00May 21st, 2019|Sauvignon Committee|

When you think ‘cool climate’ Sauvignon, Portugal certainly does not automatically spring to mind. But as Dr Paul White found out, unique weather patterns and adventurous wine growers are combining to produce some offbeat Sauvignons in the most unlikely locations. Sauvignon Blanc is the sort of grape that becomes increasingly unhappy the closer it grows to [...]

November 2017

Sauvignon Blanc like we’ve never seen before…

2019-06-14T11:05:27+02:00November 9th, 2017|Sauvignon Committee|

© Paul J. White Ever wondered what Sauvignon Blanc might have tasted like 6,000 years ago? Or how about Sauvignon Blanc behaving more like red wine? Dr Paul White explores Sauvignon’s newest frontiers.   Although Sauvignon didn’t exist thousands of years ago, terracotta pots like those that fermented and aged ancient wine have continued in use [...]

January 2017

Washington is home to some of the US’s most exciting Sauvignon blancs today

2019-06-14T11:05:40+02:00January 13th, 2017|Sauvignon Committee|

Washington Sauvignon blanc styles are one of American wine’s best kept secrets. These play a finer, crisper counterpoint to California’s opulent, sun-drenched, more Southern styles, but are richer and riper and softer than Oregon’s maritime-influenced, cooler, more linear Sauvignons. Dr Paul White sheds some light on what makes the state’s wines distinctive. Situated on a [...]

October 2016

Oregon – Sauvignon is destined to win back its rightful place

2019-06-14T11:05:51+02:00October 4th, 2016|Sauvignon Committee|

It’s hard to think of any place in the world – other than Oregon – where Sauvignon Blanc was once upon a time significant, then wasn’t, now is again. Dr Paul White recounts the varietal’s rise and fall in the Pacific Northwest State. Although current production is tiny, quality is very high, and anyone who [...]

December 2015

New Zealand’s Many Regional Terroir Driven Sauvignon Blanc Styles

2019-06-14T10:56:43+02:00December 4th, 2015|Sauvignon Committee|

Although Sauvignon has played a central role in the Upper Loire and Bordeaux for centuries, and California made the grape’s name famous, New Zealand was the first New World region to cast ‘savvy’ in an entirely new, fresh light. Arguably, no other Sauvignon is as exotically or as intensely fruited (passionfruit, grapefruit, lime, gooseberry, mango, [...]

September 2014

How California provided the catalyst for Sauvignon blanc development in the New World

2019-06-14T11:08:03+02:00September 30th, 2014|Sauvignon Committee|

Unbeknownst to many, the history and evolution of American Sauvignon Blanc has played a key role in the development of the grape in the New World over the last fifty years. Although produced in many states, Sauvignon production is primarily focused within the warmer regions of California and the cooler regions of Oregon and Washington [...]

January 2014

The evolution of Sauvignon styles around the world

2019-06-14T11:07:25+02:00January 14th, 2014|Sauvignon Committee|

Wine styles are about connections: between grapes, sun, weather, soil and the cultures that create them. Sauvignon Blanc is no exception. If we look at the grape’s development as a ‘single variety’ wine and its history over the last 50 years, this is as much culturally driven, as by terroir. Both ‘new’ and evolving ‘older’ [...]