Tag Archives: New Zealand

White Wine: Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, New Zealand

92 Points – $23

This very light yellow crystal clear wine has a crisp nose of passion fruit, lychee and gooseberry.  A tart grapefruit and kiwi taste with a crisp finish. A very good wine. Don’t forget to chill this wine to get all the thrill! Little sister to the white wine served at the Royal Wedding.

White Wine

Name: Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Region: New Zealand, Marlborough

Maker: Villa Maria Estate Ltd

Price: $23

Alcohol: 13%


Summer White Wine Picks:2012

During the long hot summer days, nothing is as refreshing as a properly chilled white wine. While red wines go well with meat and can cut through a heavy meal, their high alcohol content and thick body can tire one on a hot day. A crisp white wine with its lower alcohol content has less pucker and more cooling sparkle to help beat the heat. Some of this year’s recent favorites are:

From Austria:

Gruner Veltliner with its crisp white fruit flavours. 12% alcohol $16

From Italy:

Piemonte Moscato Pelassa with 5.5% alcohol and fizzante sparkle has apple and orange flavours. $21

Martini Asti – a full sparkling wine in the classic style with peach, pear and apple flavors. 7%alcohol $15

From Germany:

Relax Riesling with sweet flavors of white fruit and apple. 9% alcohol $12

From New Zealand:

Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc. Great star fruit and grapefruit notes. 90 pts. 12.5% alcohol $18

From the U.S.A.:

Bokisch Granacha Blanca a full grapefruit and green apple flavor in a great wine made from a Spanish grape varietal grown in California. 12.5% alcohol $22

From Canada:

Union White a well round white with flavors coming from four different grape varietals. Apple, pear, grapefruit and lychee. 12% alcohol $15

Remember to properly chill these wines, serve cold and Enjoy!

Red Wine: Spy Valley Pinot Noir, 2010, Malborough, New Zealand.

89 Points – $25

Translucent pinky red in color with plum, fresh fruit and mild floral aroma. Creamy palate of cherries, licorice and black tea. Nice finish. Not a bad New Zealand Pinot.

Red Wine

Year: 2010

Name: Spy Valley

Grape: Pinot Noir

Region: Malborough, New Zealand

Maker: Spy Valley Wines

Price: $25

Alcohol: 14%

White Wine: Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2006, New Zealand.

91-92 Points – $20-$25

A Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon that is always outstanding. Matured in steel vats, this fragrant wine has a great nose of green grass, grapefruit and lime. A stony taste of grapefruit, passion fruit and tropical fruits with a great finish. Serve chilled. Number 40 wine of 2006 and number 40 wine of 2008.

White Wine

Year: 2006

Name: Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Region: New Zealand

Maker: Kim Crawford

Price: $20-$25

Alcohol: 13%