Category Archives: new world wines

New Zealand wine woes: there’s always a price to pay for volume

An article in the New York Times, this Friday, discussed the challenges currently faced by the New Zealand wine industry, as the high-flying Kiwi sauvignon blancs get caught in the global wine market slowdown. Just as the economy was coming down hard, New Zealand got itself two bumper crops in a row, producing more wine [...]
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Kiwi (or is that grapefruit?) overdose

I really can’t stand it anymore. The grapefruit-fennel-green-pepper creature they call sauvignon blanc, in places down under. Really. I’ve had it. It’s like I’ve just had too much chocolate cake or sugar pie. The simple idea of eating more is repulsive. I had some Kim Crawford sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, the other day, and now [...]
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What is a Canadian wine?

My recent summer vacation in the quiet and picturesque Manitoulin Island, in Northern Ontario, was a bit ginger-peachy – as far as wines go, that is. I had some lovely wine from New Zealand, France and Ontario, but was quite depressed by the “Cellared in Canada” section of the LCBO stores. A few years ago, it [...]
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Mixing it up

There is a New World trend in wine that is intriguing, promising and annoying, all at once. It’s the habit of mixing varietals that don’t usually go together: chardonnay and viognier, verdelho and chenin blanc, touriga and tempranillo, etc. Australians do it with particular enthusiasm, determined to go, it seems, where no wine has gone [...]
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