Wine

Cathal McBride on finding sweet substitutes for sauvignon blanc

With economic challenges assailing the wine industry, a marked scarcity of sauvignon blanc has become apparent – so check out these alternatives instead

New Zealand sauvignon blanc is becoming scarce, but there are substitutes available that can enhance our horizons and our palates

Our planet is in a state of flux and, unfortunately, the wine world is not immune. A combination of rising glass prices, increased shipping costs, lower-yielding vintages, barrel shortages and climate change is putting pressure on the industry. The champagne shortage has been well documented, and New Zealand sauvignon blanc is also becoming scarce.

Many of these factors are outside our control. Finding substitutes for our usual favourites, however, can be a positive exercise that ...