EP 436 Sauvignon Blanc Taste Off

Gary tries a California Sauvignon Blanc vs a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc…head to head in a Death Match!

Wines tasted in this episode:

2006 Spy Valley Sauvignon BlancNew Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
2007 Hanna Sauvignon BlancSonoma Sauvignon Blanc

Links mentioned in todays episode.

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QOTD – Nothing nerd worthy, Quivira Sauvignon blanc. I like it.

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  • Love these head to head competitions where you do the same varietal from different regions. I’m in favor of more of these.

    I love Sauv Blancs and my favorites have been kiwis. My all time has been the 2006 Kim Crawford, also the 2006 Matua Valley Paretai, the 2006 Whitehaven and the 2006 Drylands.

  • Love these head to head competitions where you do the same varietal from different regions. I’m in favor of more of these.

    I love Sauv Blancs and my favorites have been kiwis. My all time has been the 2006 Kim Crawford, also the 2006 Matua Valley Paretai, the 2006 Whitehaven and the 2006 Drylands.

  • Oh,and my very modest wine blog is linked on my name.

  • Oh,and my very modest wine blog is linked on my name.

  • yowens

    GV- I’m a huge fan of the head to head battles! QOTD: St. Clair Savi’s from NZ

  • yowens

    GV- I’m a huge fan of the head to head battles! QOTD: St. Clair Savi’s from NZ

  • Ben F

    Great Show GV… wow another contest… and please i like onions but they don’t go with the salad…
    QOTD i don’t really drink that many…

  • Ben F

    Great Show GV… wow another contest… and please i like onions but they don’t go with the salad…
    QOTD i don’t really drink that many…

  • A. Kohli

    QOTD: Love the SB, kim crawford, monkey bay, and crossings are what i’ve had recently.

  • A. Kohli

    QOTD: Love the SB, kim crawford, monkey bay, and crossings are what i’ve had recently.

  • Harley Stan

    Gary, another great episode.
    QOTD- Yes I do like Sauv Blanc but I like the more grassy ones, I am not a grapefruit fan. As a result I have tried many to find the few I like such as Nimbus.

  • Harley Stan

    Gary, another great episode.
    QOTD- Yes I do like Sauv Blanc but I like the more grassy ones, I am not a grapefruit fan. As a result I have tried many to find the few I like such as Nimbus.

  • nougat

    I love SBs, and as serendipity would have it, I am drinking the Spy Valley. It is my fave in the ’06-’07 vintage. As a bonus, my wife likes it too. Yeah, you sounded a little buzzed in this episode Gary. Or maybe that’s ’cause I’m a little buzzed?.

  • nougat

    I love SBs, and as serendipity would have it, I am drinking the Spy Valley. It is my fave in the ’06-’07 vintage. As a bonus, my wife likes it too. Yeah, you sounded a little buzzed in this episode Gary. Or maybe that’s ’cause I’m a little buzzed?.

  • Jim in Atlanta

    I also enjoy sauvignon blanc for its acidity. I like some of them from New Zealand and the Navarro from Anderson Valley.

  • Jim in Atlanta

    I also enjoy sauvignon blanc for its acidity. I like some of them from New Zealand and the Navarro from Anderson Valley.

  • LOVE the Sauv Blanc… I’ve definitely started searching those out instead of Chardonnays

    QOTD: My favorites right now are Ferarri-Carano (Alexander Valley, and labeled as Fume Blanc), and the Chateau Gaubert white Bordeaux (80% SB and 20% Semillon). Elizabeth Spencer (from Napa) also KILLS it with a Sauv Blanc with grapes grown in Mendocino. Look for that one too.

    Paul in VA
    Twitter: noazdad

  • LOVE the Sauv Blanc… I’ve definitely started searching those out instead of Chardonnays

    QOTD: My favorites right now are Ferarri-Carano (Alexander Valley, and labeled as Fume Blanc), and the Chateau Gaubert white Bordeaux (80% SB and 20% Semillon). Elizabeth Spencer (from Napa) also KILLS it with a Sauv Blanc with grapes grown in Mendocino. Look for that one too.

    Paul in VA
    Twitter: noazdad

  • Brad

    I love Sauv Blanc. My favorites are Dog Point (NZ) and Schug (CA), both great!

  • Brad

    I love Sauv Blanc. My favorites are Dog Point (NZ) and Schug (CA), both great!

  • GV — cool show. My wineblog is http://apr.vox.com. When are you coming to Denver?

  • GV — cool show. My wineblog is http://apr.vox.com. When are you coming to Denver?

  • Derek

    QOTD: I just LOVE Sauv Blanc, one of my favorites is Saint Michelle.

  • Derek

    QOTD: I just LOVE Sauv Blanc, one of my favorites is Saint Michelle.

  • Here is my link again Gary

    Wine Blogging Wednesday #44 French Cabernet Franc

    also QOTD: 2007 Kim Crawford NZ Sav Blanc

  • Here is my link again Gary

    Wine Blogging Wednesday #44 French Cabernet Franc

    also QOTD: 2007 Kim Crawford NZ Sav Blanc

  • agentorange

    QOTD: Love SB. Mostly Marlborough lately. Just bought a case of Nobilo last week. Good QPR.

    Virtual hugs for everyone!

  • agentorange

    QOTD: Love SB. Mostly Marlborough lately. Just bought a case of Nobilo last week. Good QPR.

    Virtual hugs for everyone!

  • Lindsey

    I love sauvignon blanc like I love verdejo. How about a SB/Verdejo showdown?

  • Lindsey

    I love sauvignon blanc like I love verdejo. How about a SB/Verdejo showdown?

  • Andy

    Jerico is a good player dude ( from NC State go Pack)
    Big respect for Sauvignon Blanc , they are all different but really like the ones from New Zealand aka The Crossings & some from Chile….

    QOTD— 2007 Kim Crawford & 2006 Cloudy Bay

  • Andy

    Jerico is a good player dude ( from NC State go Pack)
    Big respect for Sauvignon Blanc , they are all different but really like the ones from New Zealand aka The Crossings & some from Chile….

    QOTD— 2007 Kim Crawford & 2006 Cloudy Bay

  • Darmagi

    Tried the Neil Ellis SB from South Africa a couple of times in the past few weeks – Acidity, elder flower and loads of black currant! – Love it!!

  • Darmagi

    Tried the Neil Ellis SB from South Africa a couple of times in the past few weeks – Acidity, elder flower and loads of black currant! – Love it!!

  • Dave in Leverkusen

    QOTD: Seresin

  • Dave in Leverkusen

    QOTD: Seresin

  • Brad

    GV –
    Great episode cause I love SB.

    QOTD: Love Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. I love Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Died-In-The-Wool.

    How about you?

  • Brad

    GV –
    Great episode cause I love SB.

    QOTD: Love Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. I love Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Died-In-The-Wool.

    How about you?

  • JayZee

    Nice LITTLE show, GV. 🙂

    QOTD: Yes, I like Sauvignon Blanc. At the moment, I’ve been quaffing the 2005 Eric Louis Sancerre and Pouilly Fume from France and one from South Africa (that I cannot recall at the moment).

  • JayZee

    Nice LITTLE show, GV. 🙂

    QOTD: Yes, I like Sauvignon Blanc. At the moment, I’ve been quaffing the 2005 Eric Louis Sancerre and Pouilly Fume from France and one from South Africa (that I cannot recall at the moment).

  • Jayhitek

    QOTD: Yes I do. And no preference. It’s rare that I drink white, so the names kind of escape me..

  • Jayhitek

    QOTD: Yes I do. And no preference. It’s rare that I drink white, so the names kind of escape me..

  • Netmynder

    QOTD: I love Sauv Blanc, the Allan Scott Sauv Blanc is fantastic.

  • Netmynder

    QOTD: I love Sauv Blanc, the Allan Scott Sauv Blanc is fantastic.

  • Matthew L

    Hey Gary. I love, love, LOVE Sauvignon Blanc. It has to be one of my favorite white varietals. I’m partial to SVs from NZ. I actually like the punchy grapefruit and mango flavors from that region. I just finished off a bottle of Spy Valley. I enjoyed it, but didn’t like it as much as Vavasour. You turned me onto that producer when I stopped in the store. (Seems like forever since I was there.)

    QOTD: Right now I don’t have any Sauvignon Blanc in my wine fridge. I’m gonna have to fix that! 😀

  • Matthew L

    Hey Gary. I love, love, LOVE Sauvignon Blanc. It has to be one of my favorite white varietals. I’m partial to SVs from NZ. I actually like the punchy grapefruit and mango flavors from that region. I just finished off a bottle of Spy Valley. I enjoyed it, but didn’t like it as much as Vavasour. You turned me onto that producer when I stopped in the store. (Seems like forever since I was there.)

    QOTD: Right now I don’t have any Sauvignon Blanc in my wine fridge. I’m gonna have to fix that! 😀

  • Jsco

    Right now I am all about Huia and Highfield sav blanc!!! Put the word out! Though as a CKC its worth eating top ramen to drink the good stuff

  • Jsco

    Right now I am all about Huia and Highfield sav blanc!!! Put the word out! Though as a CKC its worth eating top ramen to drink the good stuff

  • pawncop

    I love Sauvignon Blanc. Kim Crawford, Craggy Range, Nobilio (Regional and Icon), Wairau River, Allan Scott to name a few. Love the crispness and citrus flavors.

    Will add these two to my list of new bottles to try.

    Like you I have not be so impressed with the California efforts.

    Be safe on your trip.

  • pawncop

    I love Sauvignon Blanc. Kim Crawford, Craggy Range, Nobilio (Regional and Icon), Wairau River, Allan Scott to name a few. Love the crispness and citrus flavors.

    Will add these two to my list of new bottles to try.

    Like you I have not be so impressed with the California efforts.

    Be safe on your trip.

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