the key to my heart is a new zealand sauvignon blanc

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Now that I’m sharing wine night topics on Fridays, I thought it would be appropriate to share what wine I’d actually be drinking while we chatted.

You know, just in case we ever do meet and you need to order me a drink. (Not that I can think of a reason for you needing to order me a drink. But hey, just in case…)

My new favorite go-to drink is any Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

My friend Lindsay first introduced me to the well-known Kim Crawford SB, and at first, I wasn’t impressed. Then, after trying it a second time, I was obsessed. 

Thanks to that wine tasting station at Trader Joe’s (my favorite part of the store), I have been introduced to less expensive options that have that distinctive grassy  flavor (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it – twice).

Currently, I’ve been stocking the mini wine fridge with Kono and Picton Bay. But the orange label Trader Joe’s version comes in at $7.99 and is my favorite since it is a slightly stronger grass flavor. If you want other recommendations and professional tasting notes that say more than “grassy,” you can check this article out.

I will say, if you’ve tried other SB’s from other regions around the world they are not the same. Especially in California, those are much milder and don’t have that distinctive grass flavor. According to the Very Wise Wine Man at TJ’s, it’s only a characteristic of the New Zealand SB’s.

In other news, I’m sure I’ll be drinking a glass or two of this tonight to celebrate Mr. Lively’s birthday. Happy birthday, hun! It’s about time you got around to being as old as me.


Thank you so much for reading and have a great weekend! 

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  1. Sophie Smith

    I blame you for now being obsessed with Kono. I’ve been through far too many bottles since my Chicago trip 🙂 Happy birthday, Mr. Lively!

    1. Jess Lively

      Lol! Awesome. I am happy to have created the addiction… opps, I suppose that’s a bad word for it, considering!

  2. Have you ever had The Seeker? It’s my favorite sauv blanc!

    Also, have you heard of Week Plan? It’s a web app that combines GTD and 7 Habits for your weekly calendar. Just thought you might be interested!

    1. Jess Lively

      Thanks! Is the Seeker from NZ? If so, I must try!

      Yes, I have tried that Week Plan, it’s really great! I personally prefer the paper list for it since I love for my lists, but I totally recommend it to people who want to do it all online. Do you use it regularly?

  3. Bridget Wall

    I have a hard time drinking sauvignon blanc alone, but I love it with cheese…it’s my favorite for those nights with bread, cheese, a bit of prosciutto…

      1. Bridget Wall

        Yes! I also love it with manchego or a goat gouda, delicious!

  4. Jessica Haile

    Happy day, Mr. L! (and I hate white wine! give me red any day…)

    1. Jess Lively

      Thanks, hun! And hey, we can still be friends. That just means I get more SB to myself. : )

      1. Jessica Haile

        Oh, well, a bottle each? When you put it that way… 😉

  5. Nadine Armiger

    Hi from New Zealand, Jess! Like most Kiwis, I feel terribly excited when anyone from overseas notices our country . . . !

    1. Jess Lively

      Aw, that wine is totally noticeable! And now, I’m really hoping I get to work in Australia one day so that I can see that country – and along the way, I want to stop in NZ for some wine tasting! How long is a flight between the two countries?

      1. Kate Robinson

        Oooh yes come to Australia! And you have to go to NZ too of course! A flight between the countries, depending where in Aus and NZ you go, is usually between 3-4 hours. xx

  6. Sophie

    I love New Zealand Sauv Blanc’s. You can almost always guarantee that its going to be good even if you know nothing else about it. I must have tried about 30 or so different varieties and only ever had one that I didn’t like, but considering how cheap they are here in Australia it didn’t even matter.

  7. I live in NZ and have to say I think NZ Sav’s are the best (maybe I’m a little bias!). If you can, you should try Stoneleigh or Wither Hills – they’re my two favourites

    1. Jess Lively

      No, you aren’t biased. I think you are totally right. I’ll look out for those two bottles here in the states, too!

  8. casscomerford

    If you like that I promise you that you will love the Kim Crawford unoaked Chardonnay. It’s….amazing.

    1. Jess Lively

      I have tried that before! And you are right, I am not a fan of Chardonnay usually, but that KC is great!

  9. Emily

    If you like Kono you will love it’s “sister” Tohu – saem vineyard, hard to find in the US and a little pricier but WELL worth a crisp glass or two – it is DELICIOUS!

  10. Nicole

    Oh I LOVE that you’re having a vino love affair with the Marlborough region. I’m totally on that train – any Marlborough Sauv Blanc is beyond incredible. Another inexpensive fave from the region is Oyster Bay. Here in Seattle it runs for around $8-$10 a bottle. Cheers, Jess…and happy belated to Mr. Lively from a late-to-the-party reader! :->

  11. Jessica

    You know I’m down with the Kim C. Love this!

    1. Jess Lively

      I know! We should have a Kim C. night.

      PS- I have much more clarity now, and had a great call! I think I might be finding my way…

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