Step away from the Sauvignon Blanc…

Although the Kiwis are immensely proud of their SB they are now keen to prove that they are more than just a one trick pony.

If you find yourself reaching for the same bottle of Sauvignon Blanc every time you have guests over, it’s understandable – it’s difficult to step away from the crowd pleaser when it comes to our tried and tested favourites.

I can tell you – there is life after Sauvignon Blanc.

Arguably the biggest success story of the wine industry has been Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

But with such a rich and varied climate – when it comes to New Zealand wines – there are so many more to choose from.

Although their Sauvignon most definitely has its place in the market, I personally enjoy digging a little deeper and I have been drinking some wonderful New Zealand wine that isn't Sauvignon Blanc.

So how do you know what to choose?

l’ve put together some alternatives for food pairing in my video below, click below to watch

The wines mentioned are:

2019 Yealands Estate Gruner Veltliner - £15.99 a bottle

A beautiful take on this Austrian classic white. A nose of honeysuckle and spice with a mouthful of stone fruits. Beautifully paired with seafood & poultry dishes, especially with a mild to medium marinade or spice.

2018 Peregrine Wines Pinot Gris - £15.99 a bottle

A nose of fresh citrus and ginger. A beautifully textured wine packed with apricots and nectarines with an elderflower sweetness. This one is perfect for Thai food.

Any dishes prepared with chili, garlic & ginger will work beautifully with this one.

2018 Seresin Estate, Organic Chardonnay - £21.50 a bottle

A beautifully elegant Chardonnay layered with pastry and brioche flavours with a juicy mouthful of white peach and nectarine. Pair with much richer food like fishcakes, crab or soft cheeses.

Give them a try and drop me a line with your thoughts at

Bottoms up!