Two wines, two countries, one region

These wines were provided as media samples. I received no other compensation. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

The temps in Texas were still in the 80s in November. In fact, they hit 80 again last week…a few days before it snowed. The lesson being you always need to have a variety of jackets and wines on hand.

Two samples I tried recently were from New Zealand. Well, sort of. The grapes were from New Zealand. One producer was, one was not

Matua Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

When it comes to Monday wines, you’d be hard pressed to find a grape that does better at that price point ($8-14). Matua Sauvignon Blanc ($12) is no exception. the Marlborough region is synonymous with the grape and for good reason. They chose grapes from over 100 vineyards, from Wairau Valley to Awatere Valley for their varying characteristics. The wine is lively with tropical notes, grapefruit rind, and hints of green. Lemongrass came to mind. Abounding with minerality, it is an ideal quaff for hot afternoons or as an apertiv.

image001Dave Phinney looked to the same valleys to make his New Zealand wine for the Locations line. He sought the passion fruit and grassy notes from the Wairau, the minerality form Awatere, and the Waihopai for its gravel soils. With the varied vineyards, Phinney makes a unique, elegant take on New Zealand’s flagship grape. Pale yellow in the glass, the nose is classic gooseberry and tropical. On the palate, the notes are softer. Pink grapefruit, white flowers, candied lemon peel. While the price point is slightly higher that most at around $20, it is money well spent.



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Wine lover. Oenophile. Wanna-be-sommelier. Mom. Mommy. MA-MAAAAA!!!!!! Grocery shopper, budding nutritionist, dish scrubber, meat cutter. My love of wine started in my mid-twenties. I have no formal training, just a decent palatte and a desire to learn. And I am pretty good in the kitchen. The more I learn, the greater the desire to educate myself through articles, blogs, travel, and surrounding myself with others who like to discuss wine. When things calm down (what's that?) in my life, I may choose a formal education in the arena, but for now, I will taste, share, and taste some more. My descriptors may or may not be "correct." My pairings may wow, surprise, or may not "work." But, the best learning is through trial and error, right? Especially when the "trial" means drinking more wine. So, if you are up for a little wisdom about wine, and a lot of wine-induced wisdom, come along for the ride

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