>New Zealand Wine
When you think of New Zealand, what comes to mind first? Sheep? Lush landscapes? Perhaps Lord of the Rings (many scenes were filmed here)? For many, the first thought that comes to mind is wine, and rightfully so. Due to its temperate maritime climate and rich volcanic soils, this island country is a large producer of a number of both red and white wines, with different regions specializing in different varieties.
On our recent trip, we had the pleasure of tasting a broad selection of wines from vineyards throughout the country. From the time we stepped aboard our Air New Zealand flight, where we were greeted with a wine guide and menu (complete with descriptions, pictures, and regional summaries for each offering), to the time we reboarded for the flight home, and every meal in between (with the exception of breakfasts, of course), there was scarcely a meal with which a glass of vino was not expertly paired. Whether you fancy a glass of fresh, fragrant sauvignon blanc, or a soft, fruity pinot noir, or anything in between, New Zealand surely has a wine for you. Here, our top three favorite wines (in no particular order):
1. Elephant Hill Chardonnay: a unanimous favorite amongst our group during a wine tasting at the vineyard, this combination of pink grapefruit, citrus blossom, and nectarine complement the sharply focused palate of spicy Meyer lemon, green apple, and hazelnut. This delightful wine pairs well with seafood, poultry, pork, and mild cheeses.