On a recent trip to New Zealand, we had the fortune to spend time at the country’s most-awarded winery, Villa Maria. Thanks to our host, talented and knowledgeable winemaker Kathrin (Kat) Jankowiec, we tasted many amazing wines at the Cellar Door in Marlborough. Of note, we have enjoyed Villa Maria’s popular wines many times in the past. This made our experience in New Zealand even more exciting and memorable.
Villa Maria crafts excellent wine at affordable prices. Wines from 28 grape varieties are exported to more than 60 countries. Many are widely available in the United States, and we strongly recommend you try them.
White wine pairs extremely well with the holidays for many reasons. A glass perfectly complements seafood dishes and appetizers. You can serve it at a party, take it to a gathering, or give it as a special holiday gift.
An array of white wines caught our fancy lately. Our palates have always preferred Sauvignon Blanc, but we recently tasted refreshing citrusy Albariño and a surprisingly delicious Riesling.
Here is our list of white wines (and a few tasty rosés) that we enjoyed in 2018 and recommend to grace your holiday plans, whatever they might be.
We recently attended a virtual tasting, sponsored by Rías Baixas Wine and Snooth, featuring eleven Albariño wines and noteworthy comments by Snooth’s co-founder/CEO/chief tasterMark Angelillo and Lyn Farmer, James Beard Award-winning wine & food writer.
Rías Baixas Albariño comes from Galicia, located in the northwest corner of Spain, which more closely resembles coastal Ireland than it does other parts of Spain.
While we have enjoyed an occasional glass of Albariño in the past, it was an eye-opener to discover there is lots of variety, style, texture and diversity in Albariño wines; but they are consistently tasty with minerality, creaminess and zesty citrus, stone fruit and tropical fruit flavors. And they are very affordable. Continue reading →
With the warm spring days easing into summer heat, an array of white wines have caught our fancy lately. These are all super summer sippers to pair with your patio or deck — or perhaps when serving fish, crab, scallops, oysters, shrimp, prawns, sushi or a tasty summer salad.
Our palates prefer Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio, but there are many other choices are out there to try. We recently tasted the refreshing citrusy Albariño and the dry floral Viura, and were wowed!