Boya Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Leyda Valley, Chile

Boya Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Leyda Valley, Chile (£11.99/£9.99 if you buy 6 Majestic) Strikes an attractive balance between quite rich passionfruit and pineapple tropical character and tangier rhubarb and citrus freshness/greenness. One for lightly spiced Thai dishes. B+

Chilean Wine from Ventisquero & Valdivieso

I recently received review samples of four entry level Chilean wines, two each from Valdivieso and Ventisquero. Valdivieso became Chile and South America's first sparkling wine producer when in 1887, founder Don Alberto Valdivieso, released Champagne Valdivieso. Close to a century later the winery added still wines to their portfolio and today work with close to a dozen grape varieties. The current winemaker is New Zealand native Brett Jackson who has quite the resume working in New Zealand; Napa Valley; Stellenbosch, South Africa; and Narbonne, France before joining Valdivieso in 1999.
  • Valdivieso Valley Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2015 ($15) The 100% Sauvignon Blanc is from the Leyda Valley. The cooler valley provides slower and gentler ripening allowing the grapes to retain acidity.  This is an excellent wine, tropical aroma, weighty lemons, and abundant acids.
  • Valdivieso Brut Rose NV ($13) Comprised of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay all sourced from ...

New in the Cellar: 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

We’ve always said that Waits-Mast Family Cellars ONLY produces pinot noir, but that’s not entirely true. We love white wines and have been toying with the idea of expanding our repertoire for awhile, even dabbling in micro batches. Those non-pinot noir forays in 2009 and 2014 led to two interesting wines that were crafted for us by other talented winemakers.
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Waits-Mast bottling, February 2017. Photo: J. Waits

Long-time followers may recall a limited run of a 2009 Waits-Mast sparkling wine from Split Rock vineyard in the Sonoma Coast. Comprised of 100% chardonnay, we only made 6 cases of the wine and released it back in 2011. And then, in 2015 we debuted the 2014 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir Blanc, Anderson Valley, made by Phil Baxter of Baxter Winery. We only got our hands on ten cases of this wine, so it was gone in a flash. This time around, for our ...
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Three wines from Your Sommelier’s Bordeaux selection

These three are part of Your Sommelier‘s subscription service which costs £36 per month – so the average price is £12 per bottle Château Dubois Gramont Bordeaux Blanc 2015, France Rich but tangy style, with notes of ginger and honey alongside the herby greengage, plum and lemon curd. Nicely balanced, quite weighty but always fresh. […]

Weekend Wine Notes: Eight Delightful and Charming White Wines

What more is there to say after “delightful and charming”? These are wines designed to provide your weekend — or the whole week, for that matter — with pleasure, deliciousness and elegance. We range widely in this post: Greece, Germany, Oregon, California, Long Island, Mendoza and Chablis. All single-variety wines, their grapes include assyrtiko, indigenous to the island of Santinori; pinot gris, not that common in the Rhineland; riesling and sauvignon blanc; gruner veltliner and pinot blanc; semillon and chardonnay. As usual in these Weekend Wine Notes, I largely eschew technical, historical and geographical data for the sake of quick, incisive reviews meant to pique your interest and whet your palate. With one exception, the wines were samples for review. Enjoy! (In moderation, of course.)
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Estate Argyros Assyrtiko 2015, Santinori, Greece. 14% alc. This one will make you wish you were sitting in a little cafe looking out ...
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Gentle Folks Scary White 2016


Cork. 11.5%. Adelaide Hills. A field blend of sauvignon blanc, riesling, gewürztraminer, chardonnay and pinot gris.

A blend of five, the gewürz the most notable - aromatically and texturally. Skin and musk, an orange wine in scent - pith and glue, perfume and toluene. It is floral and fresh. Pale green for the synesthetes. Salty and savoury in the mouth. Yes.

Sauvignon Blanc for Summer

We love Sauvignon Blanc in the summer months, so we decided to take a deeper look at this warm-weather wine. Sauvignon Blanc is both an old-world and new-world wine, grown and produced in Washington state, California, British Columbia, France, New Zealand … Continue reading