Mmmm… it’s National Moscato Day today and, why not, let’s give it a go.
A relative newcomer to the scene, this holiday dedicated to the light Moscato grape that originates from the Piedmont region in Northern Italy was initiated in 2012 by the powerful Gallo family in the United States. Just as a throwback in time, here is an article from Stuff talking about this popular wine style and its rise to fame with a pre Kim Kanye!
This variety has taken the US and Australian markets by storm, however, it has been a bit late to take a hold here in New Zealand. It could be that the sweet, light, and often slightly fizzy wine is just too sweet for the kiwi palate. Used to our signature Sauvignon Blanc that is fresh, crisp and has a very healthy dose of acidity, Moscato can come across as a beauty queen trying a bit too hard.
So if you are on the hunt for “Mr Right” now that Art Green has professed his love for Matilda on the BachelorNZ, here are a couple of other options.
Fresh and bubbly and low alcohol so won’t hurt your head, this sounds like a promising date.
Or just go big for the entire monty with this Moscato But (who doesn’t like a bit of a masculine Moscato?)
Maybe you might be looking for something to sweeten up your weekend with Mother’s Day or just feeling the urge to channel ‘yo gangsta self’.
Let us know your own Moscato experiences.
#SauvBlanc Day is finally here!
Let’s raise a glass or two of our favourite Sav to viticulture and winemaking crews out there who spent the last weeks harvesting and processing grapes so that we can enjoy the fruits of their labour in a few weeks time.
Sauvignon Blanc happens to be my favourite varietal and I’m not only saying it because it’s #SauvBlanc Day today. It’s the wine which turned me from a good German beer drinker into a wine lover, a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc lover, and that is quite something I reckon.
OR read on and meet Ms Sauvignon Blanc, Chloe …
Cloe’s family comes originally from France, the Loire Valley, but Chloe was born in Napier in 1973 and grew up in Blenheim.
Chloe is slim and trim, with blond hair, pale skin and she has a distinct style, or shall we say she is ‘tres chic’. Elegant and very sophisticated for her age.
Her great looks are complemented with an exuberant personality. She’s clearly an extrovert. Her dry, almost zingy humour can be a bit direct but is nicely balanced with her warm and friendly nature.
Chloe grew up near the Sounds and simply loves seafood, oysters in particular but cheese, especially goats cheese, is one of her secret weaknesses.
Today is Chloe’s birthday and she’s turning 32. She is celebrating it “Chloe style” with a big party and a few bottles of her favourite wine, you guessed it … Marlborough #SauvBlanc !
Ready, savvy, go …. this Friday (24 April) is international #SauvBlanc day, so get sorted now. Invite some friends over and put a bottle or two of your favourite Sav in the fridge and you’re ready to go.
Wait, don’t forget the nibbles – a tasting platter or if you’re feeling a little bit fancy spoil your guests with some sassy seafood.
Once you’re sipping make sure to join the conversation online via the hashtag #SauvBlanc and connect with other Sav lovers around the globe. Show them how much you love New Zealand’s signature varietal and how it’s enjoyed back home.
Get ready with these #SauvBlanc Day essentials:
1 Riedel Sauvignon Blanc Glasses from Glengarry | 2 Marble Serving Board from Citta Design | 3 Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014 from Saint Clair | 4 Kip Co Tea Towel from Let Liv | 5 Round Wooden Cheese Board from The Foxes Den | 6 Lemongrass + Ginger Candle from Ecoya