In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Glover: ‘It’s becoming a tale of two Sauvignons in NZ’
The Sauvignon Blanc offering in Marlborough is splitting into two distinct styles, according to New Zealand winemaker Ben Glover.
Seresin Estate to partner with Enotria&Co in the UK
Seresin Estate, the Marlborough winery owned by cinematographer Michael Seresin, will move its UK distribution from Louis Latour to Enotria&Co next year.
Sauvignon Blanc ‘suffers from an image problem’
The “elephant in the room” of the New Zealand wine industry is the fact that its star grape, Sauvignon Blanc, “suffers from an image problem”, according to wine writer and consultant Emma Jenkins MW.
Research maps consumer preferences in NZ Sauvignon
A new study that maps the flavours and compounds in Sauvignon Blanc that appeal to the UK consumer may help winemakers gain a competitive edge in an increasingly crowded market, its researchers claim.
New Zealand’s Mahana Estates Winery goes into receivership
New Zealand’s Mahana Estates Winery has gone into receivership while its owner fights a lawsuit against two Las Vegas executives, one of which is alleged to have threatened to bury him in the desert, along with his three dogs.
Felton Road: Biodynamics takes seven years to be reflected in vineyard
While the conversion process typically takes three years, Blair Walter, winemaker at New Zealand’s Felton Road, believes vines require seven years to fully reflect the change to biodynamics, with the resulting wines becoming “more expressive of their site”.