2 NZ SBs from Marlborough for Sauvignon Blanc Day

Happy Sauvignon Blanc Day 2017 #1!

As an established wine writer and blogger (since 2008!), I get sent pitches daily about various wines, and often, somewhere near the bottom,  these pitches include offers of samples of wine, which I tend to say yes to because, as you may have guessed, I am fond of wine, and I like learning about wine, trying wine with food, and then writing about what I learn.

And because I like celebrating the various “wine days” like last Monday’s Malbec World Day, or December’s Cabernet Franc Day, and more, and because the wine industry likes celebrating them too, for the past few years, I’ve been pitched for International Sauvignon Blanc Day many times but what is confusing is that in the same year, I can get pitches for two dates: April 24 and May 5!

For example, on April 24, Flora Springs invites us to the “seventh annual global online celebration for one of our favorite varietals, Sauvignon Blanc.”  They will be celebrating with their proprietary clone called “Soliloquy” which UC Davis certified in the 1980s with folks who ordered the 2015 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and/or the 2015 Soliloquy Oakville Sauvignon Blanc in advance. They’re hosting a contest on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #SauvBlanc with a mention of @florasprings in tweets or posts. Winners will receive a Flora Springs prize pack sans wine.

For this first round of Sauvignon Blanc Day, we have two Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand: Loveblock’s from Otago (SRP $22) and  The Darling 2016 from Marlborough. For SB Day #2, we have ambitious plans to do a round the world blind tasting of sauvignon blanc from five continents! (See the list of wines below). Continue reading

For International Women’s Day: Erica Crawford’s LoveBlock Pinot Noir

Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc: this is what I want all of my NZ Sauv Blancs to be like! Fresh and crisp but also sumptuous. The warm roasted olives in harrissa spices were a REVELATION and paired beautifully as did the hamachi crudo.

What better wine to toast International Women’s Day than with wine by a pioneer in the New Zealand wine industry Erica Crawford? That is, Erica Crawford, partner of Kim Crawford, and that would be Kim Crawford,  the third largest and possibly the most recognizable Sauvignon Blanc brand from New Zealand?

none other than NZ wine pioneer Erica Crawford: in the yellow glasses

Last month, Que Syrah Sue and I had lunch at Wolf on Melrose with Erica Crawford.

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