Sharon Nagel

Sharon Nagel

About Sharon Nagel

A modern language graduate with a BA Hons in French, Sharon Nagel nurtured her innate passion for wine by spending 25 years writing for the French wine trade journal ‘La Journée Vinicole’. Travelling to many producer countries world wide, she gained a greater understanding of the social and environmental role played by wine as well as the myriad expressions of the vine stemming from origin.

October 2019

New Zealand: A light future for Sauvignon

2019-10-22T09:49:54+01:00October 22nd, 2019|Sauvignon Committee|

Last summer, spurred by a surge in sales of low/no-alcohol drinks, British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s opened a pop-up pub in central London selling only alcohol-free or low alcohol drinks. The initiative once again illustrates the extent to which the category has gone mainstream. And it’s one that New Zealand’s wine industry will be toasting. Sharon [...]

April 2019

Sauvignon consolidates the region’s reputation as a prime source for stellar white wines

2019-10-01T09:12:23+01:00April 24th, 2019|Sauvignon Committee|

Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Sauvignon consolidates the region’s reputation as a prime source for stellar white wines By Sharon Nagel The snow-capped mountains forming a backdrop to the city of Udine, in the heart of the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region of north-eastern Italy, offer a clue to the area’s propensity for producing top quality white wines. This year’s Concours [...]

January 2019

From Sancerre to Marlborough

2019-10-01T09:34:11+01:00January 15th, 2019|Sauvignon Committee|

How Sauvignon blanc took the Bourgeois family to the other side of the world An inquisitive mind is probably one of the main requisites for growing wine. But not all winegrowers use it to put their skills to the test around the other side of the world. Despite a long-standing reputation synonymous with Sancerre, the [...]

November 2018

October 2018

Which types of Sauvignon are most popular with French and Belgian wine lovers?

2019-10-01T09:39:32+01:00October 29th, 2018|Sauvignon Committee|

Compare and contrast Sauvignon blanc enjoys global popularity, but how does its success vary from one country to another? With one store in Le Touquet Paris Plage in France and another in Tournai in Belgium, Pascale Guillier is ideally placed to assess the different ways in which each culture approaches the varietal. First of all, [...]

June 2018

New Zealand – Could Sauvignon blanc lead the way for global development of the low-alcohol wine category?

2019-10-01T09:54:37+01:00June 25th, 2018|Sauvignon Committee|

In 2014, the New Zealand wine industry vowed to become number one in the world for premium Lighter wines. With 60% of its vineyard acreage planted to Sauvignon blanc and nearly 20% of the world’s total Sauvignon blanc plantings located in the country, New Zealand’s programme could potentially be a game-changer for the entire category. [...]

October 2017

Loire researchers arm Sauvignon wine growers for the future

2019-10-01T10:55:11+01:00October 17th, 2017|Sauvignon Committee|

Grapevine trunk diseases and declining genetic diversity are two major concerns for the global wine industry. Loire technical outreach centre Sicavac in Sancerre has been striving to combat both in a joint research programme focusing on Sauvignon blanc. Sharon Nagel takes a closer look at the project. At the turn of the 21st century, [...]

March 2017

Bordeaux showcased at 2017 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon

2019-10-01T11:00:40+01:00March 21st, 2017|Press release, Sauvignon Committee|

Over 860 wines 87 gold medals 65 judges from 17 countries including China, South Africa and Japan Host region 2018: Styria, Austria March 21, 2017 (Brussels, Belgium): The 8th Concours Mondial du Sauvignon was hosted by its home city, Bordeaux, on March 3 and 4, 2017. A total 861 wines from 22 countries were judged [...]

November 2016

New York “Sauvignon is a big deal grape and very much the centre of interest”

2019-10-01T11:33:05+01:00November 28th, 2016|Sauvignon Committee|

Just as Paris is not France and London is not the UK, New York is a microcosm unto itself. Nevertheless, trends often start in major cities before filtering through to the rest of the country. We asked Tom Geniesse of the Bottle Rocket wine store in New York to describe current perceptions of Sauvignon blanc [...]

September 2016

The Contest as seen by the Revelation Award Winners

2019-10-01T11:34:52+01:00September 2nd, 2016|Sauvignon Committee|

Domaine de l’Herré - The competition is part of a business strategy focusing on the estate’s flagship wine Founded in 1974, Domaine de l’Herré currently covers over 130 hectares in Gers, South-West France. Although the estate boasts a comprehensive varietal range, Sauvignon blanc takes pride of place, a strategy that undoubtedly paid off at [...]