I have never been to New Zealand, but I hear that the people are friendly, prostitution is legal, the lamb is delicious and the wine is outstanding in particular the Sauvignon Blanc. What a great country!
“New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is acclaimed throughout the world as the definitive benchmark style for the varietal. Its exuberant, pungent flavors have dazzled wine critics everywhere. Oz Clarke summed up the impact of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in his Wine Atlas when he wrote, "No previous wine had shocked, thrilled, entranced the world before with such brash, unexpected flavors of gooseberries, passion fruit and lime, or crunchy green asparagus spears . . . an entirely new, brilliantly successful wine style that the rest of the world has been attempting to copy ever since".
My first taste of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand was at a wine tasting at the Vendome in Studio city about two years ago. Ever since that night, I have been hooked. I love them because they’re great by themselves and compliment many foods, including, grilled or baked white fish, seafood in general, Oriental dishes, tomato dishes and goat’s cheese.
There are other varietals that are growing in recognition including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wines, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, I am looking forward to sampling more red wines, especially the Pinot Noirs.