Category: New Zealand

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Exploring the Distinctions Between Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc Wines in BC and New ZealandPR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  May 20, 2024

Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc wines from New Zealand and British Columbia have a similar history with the growth in quality Vitis Vinifera wine production.  I will concentrate on the Marlborough region of New Zealand and the Okanagan Valley primarily plus the Similkameen for BC for this post. Vitis Vinifera grapes were first planted experimentally in the mid-1970s in BC…

New Zealand Wine Credit.New Zealand Winegrowers Inc, Wairau River

In May, Pour Yourself a Glass of New Zealand and Celebrate New Zealand White Wine

 mywinepal  April 25, 2024

May is a big month for New Zealand white wines.  I received this press release from the New Zealand Wine Growers.  Also please note that they are asking for your help to get a white wine emoji to be created.  Right now there is only a red wine emoji.  Cheers. Press Release The theme of the month, Pour Yourself a Glass…

Whitehaven Block 11 Barrel Fermented Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022

Quick Review: Whitehaven Block 11 Barrel Fermented Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022

 Yvonne Lorkin  December 10, 2023

Whitehaven Block 11 Barrel Fermented Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022 (NZ $32) How excellent that the team at Whitehaven have chosen to launch their new Single Vineyard series with the release of a shiny new barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc. Fruit from their Paul’s Road vineyard has been wild fermented and aged for 13 months in old French Oak puncheons before being bottled…

Sauvignon blanc grapes

How Well Do You Know Sauvignon Blanc New World Wine Regions? Take the Quiz.

 mywinepal  August 26, 2023

The Sauvignon Blanc grape traces its lineage to the historic vineyards of France’s Loire Valley, where it gained early recognition for its distinct aromatic profile and vibrant acidity. It is also one of two grapes, along with Semillon, which makes white Bordeaux blends. However, it was the New World wine regions that truly propelled Sauvignon Blanc to worldwide fame, reimagining…

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Are You an Expert on Riesling Wines from Around the World? Try This Quiz.

 mywinepal  August 20, 2023

The Riesling grape, originating in the Rhine region of Germany, carries a legacy that spans centuries. Its journey across the world has resulted in an intriguing juxtaposition between Old World and New World expressions. In Germany and Alsace, the grape showcases its classic charm, producing wines with delicate floral aromas, racy acidity, and a pronounced mineral character. In contrast, New…

New Zealand Pinot love for Valentine's Day

Test Your Knowledge of New Zealand Wines With This Quiz

 mywinepal  August 5, 2023

The history of wine growing in New Zealand dates back to the early 19th century when British settlers began cultivating vineyards. However, it wasn’t until the mid-20th century that the industry truly took off.  The industry’s expansion gained momentum in the 1980s and 1990s when New Zealand wines started gaining international recognition for their exceptional quality and distinct characteristics. Today,…

Riedel Veloce glassware

Seminar: The Shape of Wine at VanWineFest 2023

 mywinepal  May 12, 2023

I have a few Riedel glasses at home that I use for red Bordeaux blends, Pinot Noir, oaked Chardonnay, and aromatic white wines, but have not tested the theory that the shape of a glass can really positively or negatively affect the taste of the wine, until I attended this seminar at the Vancouver International Wine Festival, hosted by Alysha…

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Mimosas for National Mimosa Day and Mother’s Day

 mywinepal  May 9, 2023

I received in my email info about how we like our mimosas and followed that info with four different mimosa recipes for National Mimosa Day on May 16. I think that these recipes also offer great suggestions on how to treat your spouse or your mom on Mother’s Day.  The wines listed below are all available at BC Liquor stores….

Loveblock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2021

New Zealand’s Loveblock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2021

 Yvonne Lorkin  April 4, 2023

Loveblock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2021 (BC $47.74) To me, it doesn’t matter if you get all Bubba from Forrest Gump on it (lamb roast, lamb chops, lamb racks, lamb burgers, lamb and rosemary sausages, lamb casserole, lamb rissoles, lamb steaks, lamb curry, lamb kebabs or lambs tails) I will pretty much always recommend pinot noir because there’s nothing nicer….

Greywacke Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Greywacke Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021

 Yvonne Lorkin  January 16, 2023

Greywacke Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021, New Zealand Choosing fruit grown across a smorgasbord of great sites in Marlborough’s Wairau and Southern Valley’s, this nighttime-harvested sauvignon was crafted in individual vineyard batches that were left on their yeast lees for 3months before the final blend was created then it was bottled in mid-August. This has added a creamy complexity to the…