Mini-Review – Mud House 2009 Riesling

I have been tasting through a lot of “winter whites” lately and some have been fantastic and others mundane.  Mud House 2009 Riesling was one of the wines in the line up and it definitely provides an interesting experience for your palate.

Riesling

Rich gold in color, this New Zealand Riesling has aromas of pineapple, honey and flowers.  The palate has some unique notes of tangy lemon, tangerine, rose petal and ginger.  Tart lemon lingers in the finish.  A great wine to pair with sushi or teriyaki tofu!  (13% alcohol, $12)

*Media Sample

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Mini-Review – The Seeker 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

The second wine I tasted from The Seeker line was their 2011 Sauvignon Blanc.  This 100% Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Marlborough region of New Zealand.  It was aged in both stainless steel and lees and retails for around $15.

The wine pours a pale gold in the glass and has interesting aromas of pineapple, tangerine, and mint.  The palate is refreshing and vibrant.  There are tastes of lime and orange with notes of grassiness.  Nice acidity and a tangy finish make this a great wine to enjoy with shellfish or grilled chicken with mango salsa! (B, 12.7% alcohol)

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Wrapping Up a Week of Sauvignon Blanc!

I have had a lot of fun tasting a variety of different Sauvignon Blancs this week.  I am wrapping up the series with my favorite wine of the week; Goldwater 2010 Sauvignon Blanc.  Goldwater has been producing sustainable wines in New Zealand since 1992.  Their Sauvignon Blanc is complex and refreshing, which made it a stand out in the week’s lineup. 

About the Wine- From the Winery

Goldwater 2010 Sauvignon Blanc is 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand.  It has 13% alcohol and retails for around $18-20.  For more information visit www.pasternakwine.com.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Goldwater pours a pale gold in the glass.  It is very fragrant with clean aromas of melon, citrus, and white pepper.  The palate is lively with bright acidity.  Crisp tastes of lemon, peaches, spice, and a hint of minerality make this wine come alive in your mouth.  A wonderful Sauvignon Blanc that can stand up to any occassion. 

My Wine Rating- A-

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair this wine with oysters, a crab and avocado salad, or vegetarian spring rolls. 

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Tasting Sauvignon Blanc with Villa Maria Estate and Thirsty Girl

There is not much better to do after a long day of work than come home, relax, and taste a couple of new wines.  Last night, Thirsty Girl (www.thirstygirl.com) put on a live tasting via Twitter with Villa Maria Estate, a winery in New Zealand.  Everyone who participated had the chance to taste two of their Sauvignon Blancs and both wines are perfect for warm weather and light, summer dishes.

We started off with Villa Maria 2011 Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.  This wine was refreshing and rejuvenated me after a long, hot day in Downtown LA.  Tastes of pear, citrus, and melon along with tangy acidity make it a great choice for fish tacos, oysters, or as an aperitif. (B, $14.99)

The second wine of the evening was Villia Maria 2011 Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc.  This wine was a bit more herbaceous and sophisticated.  The nose had a bit of grassiness along with aromas of lemon and honeydew.  The palate was packed with lemon, grapefruit, and floral notes.  Elegant and balanced.  Pair with scallops, tofu teriyaki, or soy-miso salmon.  (B+, $21.99)

A very fun tasting event and two great wines from Villa Maria!

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Tropical and Refreshing- Dashwood 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

I love spring evenings.  I get home from work, the sun is still shining, and it is warm outside.  When I got home yesterday all I could think about was cooking something light for dinner and enjoying a refreshing glass of white wine.  I opened a bottle of Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc and was met with a glass full of tropical and refreshing flavors.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Dashwood 2011 Sauvignon Blanc is 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand.  This sustainably made wine has 12.5% alcohol and retails for $14.99 (you can find it for around $10).  For more information visit www.pasternakwine.com.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc pours a pale greenish-yellow in the glass.  The nose has bright aromas of citrus, honeysuckle, and herbs.  The palate is crisp and refreshing.  Tastes of tropical fruit, grapefruit, and lemon are followed with a lively finish of white pepper and tart citrus.  A really nice Sauvignon Blanc.  Grab a few bottles and enjoy the warm weather!

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair this wine with Mahi Mahi, tofu teriyaki, or grilled chicken.

My Wine Rating- B+

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Spicy and Sustainable- Goldwater 2010 Pinot Noir

I just wrapped up reading a book highlighting the Marlborough wine growing region of New Zealand so I was excited to see a bottle of Marlborough Pinot Noir arrive.  The region is relatively young but the wine coming from the region is increasingly noteworthy.  Marlborough is particularly known for their Sauvignon Blanc but Pinot Noir from the region is starting to garner some attention.  I was excited to dive into a bottle to get a glimpse into where New Zealand Pinot Noir is heading.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Goldwater 2010 Pinot Noir is 100% Pinot Noir from the Wairau Valley in Marlborough.  This sustainably produced wine has 14% alcohol and retails for $25.99.  For more information and to find where to purchase this wine, visit www.pasternekwine.com.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Goldwater’s sustainably grown Pinot Noir pours a bright ruby in the glass.  The nose has aromas of cherries, raspberries, earthy spices, and dark chocolate.  This wine is full of flavor…there are notes of cherries and anise enveloped in cocoa.  The finish is lengthy with a heavy hit of lingering anise.  Spicy, sustainable, and worth checking out!

My Wine Rating- B+

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair this Pinot with braised wild boar, grilled duck, or veggie burgers with grilled mushrooms and onions.

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Wines for a Summer Afternoon- Cupcake Vineyards 2010 Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc

It was pretty hot today in Southern California and I came home from work craving a refreshing glass (or two) of wine.  Cupcake Vineyards kindly sent me a bottle of their 2010 Pinot Grigio and 2010 Sauvignon Blanc.  This seemed like the perfect way to end a long day and explore a couple of new bottles of wine. 

About the Wines- From the Winery

Cupcake 2010 Pinot Grigio is 100% Pinot Grigio from the D.O.C. Trentino region of Italy. It has 12.5% alcohol and retails for $13.99.

Cupcake 2010 Sauvignon Blanc is 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. It has 13% alcohol and retails for $13.99.

For more information on either wine see www.Cupcakevinyard.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Cupcake 2010 Pinot Grigio

The Pinot Grigio pours a pale gold in the glass.  The nose is mellow with notes of tropical fruit, pear, and lemon.  The wine is creamy on the palate and refreshing at the same time.  It tastes of pineapple, citrus, and honeydew and has a citrus packed finish that is a little bitter.  There is not a lot of depth or complexity to this Pinot Grigio but it is definitely a decent wine considering it is readily available for around $8. 

My Wine Rating- C+ (definitely worthy of a try, especially if you are a Pinot Grigio fan)

Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine pairs well with shellfish, linguine with white clam sauce, or a caprese salad.

Cupcake 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

The Sauvignon Blanc pours a pale white gold in the glass.  The nose is lively with aromas of citrus and grass (but not overly grassy like some Sauvignon Blancs).  The wine tastes of lemon, grapefruit, and sweet pear with a crisp and tangy finish.  This is a wonderfully clean and refreshing wine that I am finding perfect for this warm afternoon.  A zesty Sauvignon Blanc that is an incredible value!

My Wine Rating- B

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pairs perfectly with a crab and avocado salad or oysters on the half shell

*These wines were sent to me as a sample for the purpose of review

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A Sauvignon Blanc with Layers of Flavor- Stoneleigh 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

We eat a ton of avocados in Southern California and Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite wines to pair with dishes built around the avocado (think guacamole or a crab and avocado stack).  Today I just happened to be enjoying a beautiful California avocado salad loaded with papaya and fresh veggies.  A glass of 2008 Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc paired perfectly.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Stoneleigh 2008 Sauvignon Blanc is from Marlborough, New Zealand.  It has 13% alcohol and retails for around $17.  For more information go to www.stoneleigh.co.nz

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

The Stoneleigh pours a straw color in the glass.  It has a grassy nose with aromas of citrus and crisp, green apple.  The wine is full of flavor with tastes of grapefruit, passionfruit, and pear.  The finish is intense with nice acidity.  A very powerful Sauvignon Blanc that is perfect for light dishes including my Avocado and Papaya salad.  Cheers!

My Wine Rating- B+

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A Wine for Summer- Kim Crawford 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

The weather is getting warmer and it is time to find a few good bottles of wine that match the hot, summer days that are ahead.  I was relaxing on the rooftop of a beautiful bar in Laguna Beach today and I decided to order a bottle of Kim Crawford 2008 Sauvignon Blanc.  Kim Crawford Wines was founded in 1996 in New Zealand.  Their inexpensive vintages have received many accolades and I was looking forward to tasting the 2008 Sauvignon Blanc. 

About the Wine- From the Winery

Kim Crawford 2008 Sauvignon Blanc is from the Marlborough Region in New Zealand.  This vintage is 100% Sauvignon Blanc and has 13% alcohol content.  It retails for $13.99-19.99.  For more information see www.kimcrawfordwines.co.nz

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Kim Crawford 2008 Sauvignon Blanc pours a pale yellow and opens up with aromas of citrus and grass.  On the palate, the wine is well-balanced with nice acidity.  There are flavors of lime, grapefruit, and a hint of herb with a crisp, lively finish.  This may be one of the best Sauvignon Blancs I have tasted from New Zealand and it’s hard to believe it is readily available for under $20.  This is a great wine and would pair well with your summer salads and seafood dishes.  Grab a bottle and enjoy it with a sunny afternoon…cheers!

My Wine Rating- A-

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