Announcing Wine Blog Wednesday #17 "Red Kiwis" January 4, 2006.
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When you think of New Zealand wines, are you including it's noble reds as well as the ubiquitous sauvignon blancs of Marlborough? New Zealand has indeed changed the way we think of sauvingon blancs but it's red wines are emerging as a new world force on their own. For this month's tasting, I want you, gentle reader, to spend a little time learning about the Pinot Noirs of Central Otago in the South Island and Marlborough or the rich Bordeaux-style blends of Hawkes Bay.
Grapes have been planted in NZ since the 1870s, and while it suffers from the same over-irrigated big volume temptations as Australia, there are some great smaller producers to seek out.
With those Holiday parties and meals coming up, I urge you to try some nice NZ pinot with that bird, or cabernet-merlot blend with your beast.
There are lots of great resources for learning about New Zealand wines, and I'll be uploading a set of links to help guide you in the coming few days.
Taste your pick, upload your comments to your site and email me to be included.
Look for a round-up after Wednesday, January 4th, 2006.
Thanks of course, to our founder, Lenn at Lendevours for letting me host.