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Making the Case for Age-Worthy Sauvignon Blanc. Yes, Sauvignon Blanc.

Making the Case for Age-Worthy Sauvignon Blanc. Yes, Sauvignon Blanc.

Noble grape Sauvignon Blanc is an Old World enigma wrapped in a New Zealand supermarket circular. Grown and exported around the world, it’s become so ubiquitous that one Twitter user likened it to the “chicken Caesar Salad” of restaurant wine lists. With machine harvesting and stainless-steel fermentation, the oft-imitated style is easy to make inexpensively. […]

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The Role ‘Wild’ Yeasts Play in Terroir Is Finally Being Recast

The Role ‘Wild’ Yeasts Play in Terroir Is Finally Being Recast

With his long hair, Matt Goddard looks a bit like a bass player from a progressive rock band. But he’s a scientist, and his field of interest is microbial ecology. Goddard’s particular interest of late is wine yeasts. He uses modern genetic techniques to answer one of the long-standing controversies in the wine world: Can […]

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Twelve Bottles That Prove New Zealand Is More Than Sauvignon Blanc

Twelve Bottles That Prove New Zealand Is More Than Sauvignon Blanc

Love it, hate it, or love to hate it, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a powerful thing. The grape occupies two-thirds of the country’s vineyards, accounting for a whopping 86 percent of its wine exports. And as a New Zealand national, no wine has ever invoked the feeling of home for me quite like a grassy, […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Pinot Noir From New Zealand

An Illustrated Guide to Pinot Noir From New Zealand

Pinot Noir is found in most of the world’s major wine regions, but it only really succeeds in a select few. One such region is New Zealand, which produces slightly different Pinot Noir iterations in various areas of the country, from dark and savory to round and perfumed. New Zealand Pinot Noir bears quite a […]

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Review: Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Review: Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Here’s an unpopular opinion: I hate New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. This wine has a tendency to be completely overblown yet somehow also generic-tasting at the same time. Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is almost always overly fruity, aggressively herbaceous (if you can even categorize that signature jalapeño-cat pee stink as “herbaceous”), and far too boozy.

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An Illustrated Guide to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

An Illustrated Guide to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

You’ve almost certainly had a Sauvignon Blanc at one point or another in your life. But what it tasted like will have depended a lot on where your wine came from. As with many classic varieties, Sauvignon Blanc has unique expressions that depend on the terroir in which it is grown. Today we’re focusing on New Zealand Sauvignon […]

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