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Trade Show Confidential: NZ Wines SF

By L.m. Archer @lmarcherml
Trade Show Confidential: NZ Wines SF

The NZ Wine trade tasting also included a seminar featuring wine industry professionals Debbie Zacharias of Oxbow Cheese and Wine Market in Napa, and Steve Isso of Dobbs Ferry.

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Did you know that New Zealand produces more than just Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir? Watch out, wine world! This remote upstart is killing it in the aromatics, sparkling and syrah departments, too. More on that in future features.

In the meantime, enjoy a few scenes from yesterday’s standing-room only trade seminar, led by New Zealand Wines’ David Strada,  Steve Isso of Dobbs Ferry and Debbie Zacharias of Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant, followed by the New Zealand wine tasting, all set against an ever-stunning backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Trade Show Confidential: NZ Wines SF

New Zealand offers wines – and artesan water – of remarkable purity.

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Trade Show Confidential: NZ Wines SF

NZ Wine annual San Francisco trade tasting scene of the crime: Gallery 308 in Fort Mason Center.

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Personal faves:

Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir, Central Otago – 2016

Robe: Clear ruby.

Nez: Florals, spice, dry red fruit.

Bouche: Channeling Burgundy…supple, light body, balanced acids, tannins, lilting finish. A wine to lighten the soul.

Pegasus Bay BEL CANTO Riesling, North Canterbury – 2015 

Robe: Burnished golden.

Nez: Petrol, yellow flowers, exotic banknote of ambergris.

Bouche: Dry, light body, alluring acids, beautiful balance, luxurious mouthfeel, lengthy finish. Yes, please. A wine to drink, drink, drink.

Kusuda Syrah, Martinborough – 2009

Robe: Deep garnet.

Nez: Savory, umami, smoked mussel funk.

Bouche: Unicorn wine alert. Surprising light/medium body, gracefully integrated acids, tannins; smooth finish. A wine to make you think.

Huia Vineyards Sparkling Wine, Marlborough – 2011

Robe: Amber

Nez: Brioche, marzipan, zesty lemon.

Bouche: What the what?!? It’s not from Champagne?! Quietly explosive pinpoint perling, gloriously creamy mouthfeel, precise, elegant, balanced. A wine to celebrate.

Link here for more information on New Zealand Wines.

Cheers, all – and please feel free to leave your comments below. As always, thanks for your follows on social media!

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