Sauvignon Committee

June 2020

Is Slovenian Sauvignon Blanc the next big thing?

2020-06-17T09:09:01+02:00June 16th, 2020|Sauvignon Committee|

Sandwiched between Austria, Italy, Hungary and Croatia, Slovenia has been largely overlooked in the wine world to date. And yet, in terms of interesting Sauvignon Blanc terroir, it’s hard to think of any other country that offers such a wide spectrum of Sauvignon styles -- from briskly Alpine to sunny Mediterranean -- within such a [...]

May 2020

Winter fermented Sauvignon Blanc – Innovation giving South African wineries an edge

2020-05-20T12:38:21+02:00May 20th, 2020|Sauvignon Committee|

Winter fermented Sauvignon Blanc – Innovation giving South African wineries an edge Fresh aromatics are among the most sought-after qualities in wine. In South Africa, some wineries have taken the quest for freshness literally, by freezing the juice. Consultant oenologist and researcher Dr. Carien Coetzee explains how successful they have been. In 2017, Diemersdal Wine [...]

January 2020

The origins of Sauvignon Blanc, an interview with José Vouillamoz

2020-01-17T11:23:48+02:00January 17th, 2020|Sauvignon Committee|

The remarkable book by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz entitled ‘Wine Grapes’ was published by Allen Lane in 2012. David Cobbold was quick to purchase a copy, which has since become his reference book on the vast subject of vine varieties. He spoke with José Vouillamoz about the origins of Sauvignon Blanc. The [...]

November 2019

Sauvignon blanc: Sweetness is an invincible force

2020-02-25T14:06:26+02:00November 26th, 2019|Sauvignon Committee|

Everyone is familiar with and enjoys Sauvignon for its incisive edge, its razor-sharp tension, but the varietal also has the ability to voice its qualities in the noble rot wine category. Encapsulating sense of place and illustrating technical prowess both in the vineyard and the winery, sweet Sauvignon blanc expresses the inherent characters of this [...]

October 2019

New Zealand: A light future for Sauvignon

2019-10-22T09:49:54+02:00October 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 [...]

September 2019

Napa Valley’s Premier Sauvignon Blanc Terroirs

2019-10-01T09:21:18+02:00September 23rd, 2019|Sauvignon Committee|

Associating a relatively warm region better known for its Cabernet-Sauvignon with Sauvignon blanc may seem counterintuitive. But as Deborah Parker Wong shows, not only has Sauvignon found suitable sites in the Napa Valley, it can even excel itself in the right terroirs. Over the millennia the wandering course of the Napa River and the adjacent Conn [...]

July 2019

Italy: Sauvignon’s rise to prominence

2019-10-01T09:24:22+02:00July 22nd, 2019|Sauvignon Committee|

Journalist Maurizio Valeriani briefly charts Sauvignon’s introduction to Italy in the 19thcentury to its present-day status and explains how Italian Sauvignon successfully appeals to a broad-ranging audience. A pivotal role in Italy’s wine revival Sauvignon Blanc arrived in Italy from France in the mid-1800s. Introduced into Piedmont - although some claim it came to Ferrara for [...]

June 2019

Stylistic diversity in South African Sauvignon Blanc

2019-10-01T09:18:15+02:00June 17th, 2019|Sauvignon Committee|

Competitions do not just offer producers an opportunity to benchmark or to secure a powerful marketing tool in the event of winning a medal. They also throw up some major trends within the wine industry. Dr Carien Coetzee explains how the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition reveals the direction South African Sauvignon Blanc is taking [...]

May 2019

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

2019-10-01T09:31:44+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 [...]

April 2019

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

2019-10-01T09:12:23+02:00April 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 [...]