While it’s understandable that people generally associate great wine coming from France, Italy, and California, it’s time that everyone start turning their attention to the Southern Hemisphere for the next great wine region. New Zealand has steadily been establishing itself as one of best sources for wine in the world.
With cool ocean breezes coming from the Pacific on all sides, temperate climates, and rich volcanic soil it makes for the perfect place to grow amazing Sauvignon Blanc, with ardent fans the world over. Notable for their bright and energetic notes, wines from New Zealand pair especially well with flavorful, and well spiced foods such as Thai, Vietnamese, or Mediterranean cuisine.
Favorite Kiwi wines distributed by American vineyards Seresin Estate Marlborough Momo Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (The Sorting Table, Napa, Calif.), Huia Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (T. Edward Wines, New York), and Cloudy Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (Moët Hennessy U.S.A., New York).
Next time you visit your local sommelier ask for something off the beaten path, and try a refreshingly different New Zealand wine.