Iona and Cloudy Bay push out the boat


Attendance rates at professional wine tastings in London can be shockingly low, so spoilt for choice are those of us based in one of the world’s great capitals of the wine trade. But one tactic that tends to increase the acceptances is to promise to compare the wines in question with some of the most famous wines in the world. 

By coincidence this strategy was employed recently by two southern hemisphere producers best known for their Sauvignon Blanc, with the respective winemakers in each case having chosen their guiding icons. In the case of Cloudy Bay, we were invited to...