Verdejo from Rueda, Spain, could be a good bet to gently wean her off SB …
… or perhaps if she likes aromatics, move across to something peachier like this Argentine offering …
or one of the wines that will grace my Christmas table this year. I was tasting last week with a journalist here in Stevenage and I immediately fell in love (with the wine, not him!).
This last one is also one to prove to people that they DO like chardonnay, because when people say they don’t they generally mean they don’t like over-oaked chardonnay, and generally aren’t aware that there are other styles.
Very little else offers the zing of Marlborough savvie, but if it’s the NZ you want to prise her from and not the variety, then try
This is one of two savvies made by Abrie Bruwer at the farm run by Abrie and his sister Jeanette Bruwer, 9th generation owners. The other is Special Cuvee but I think Life from Stone matches any and surpasses most NZ SB. Life from Stone gets its name from the quartz rich soils of that vineyard and its distinctly different from SB from the nearby Special Cuvee vineyard which is on sandy soil.
My own partner will take a taste of any alternative variety to NZ SB but then put down her glass and stare at me until I to go and open a NZ SB for her. South African SB is the only other SB she’ll accept.
Everyone’s assuming an alternative to sauvignon Blanc but perhaps a way to go would be to try a more subtle SB to start with? The WS stock some lovely Pouilly Fumes and Sancerres. A particular favourite of ours is this one.
Same problem in this house. I can’t say just how many bottles of NZ Marlborough I purchase each year because The thought police would drag me away for “supplying “ . I bought six each of Les Pierre Bordes marsanne viognier and Duo des Mers Sauvignon Viognier recently to make her try something new. She turned her nose up at the Marsanne Viognier, so I’ll have to drink that one but found the Sauvignon Viognier acceptable. So maybe try a Sauvignon blend as a lead in to others. Champagne has never been a difficulty funnily enough!!
Lots of those who profess not to like SB still like this (I’ve not tried it), so it has to be different.
I’m just wondering if there are those out there who actually list SB from New Zealand amongst their favourite wine styles. Considering places like Majestic list about 50 of them, and the supermarkets aisles are full of examples, there must be lots of drinkers of the wines out there and I can’t believe we are SO different that there aren’t quite a few here who do like it - but maybe they’ve been put off admitting that
Isn’t one of the issues about NZ SBs that the majority use special commercial yeasts that emphasise the pyrazines we’ve come to associate with this wine, so they all finish up tasting similar. Greywacke I believe doesn’t.
Of course I could be making that all up, but I don’t think so.