First Sips of Summer!
First Sips of Summer!

I had the great honor of being selected as the lead blogger for Villa Maria’s First Sip of Summer virtual tasting on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. As detailed in my preview post, I’ve been tasting Villa Maria wines since 2012 across multiple vintages and they are consistently solid sippers.

The days leading up to the tasting did not play out as planned. I fell ill on Monday night with a stomach virus. I had planned to taste the wines on Tuesday evening, the day before the tasting just in case something prevented me from tasting them on Wednesday, but I could not eat or drink anything that day. On Wednesday, I was still a bit under the weather, but attended a work research day with my colleagues. On our return home, we encountered a traffic jam, which forced me to participate in the tasting by iPhone.

This weekend, finally feeling nearly 100%, I had the opportunity to taste the 2015 Villa Maria Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc. Below are my impressions. As always, your palate may vary.

2015 Villa Maria Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc
2015 Villa Maria Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Villa Maria Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc, SRP $14.99 USD
(Media sample provided by Villa Maria and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates)

Combining the best of both worlds – New Zealand sauvignon blanc and a bit of effervescence added just prior to bottling – Villa Maria created a bubbly version of their sauvignon blanc. Grapes for this wine were sourced from vineyards across New Zealand, which allows this wine to showcase a great variety of aromas and flavors, Flavors range from tropical to citrus, a veritable fruit bowl on the palate. The frizzante style ramps up the aromatics and the zing of lively acidity. Fun and frivolity abound!

2016 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc
2016 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc

2016 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, SRP $14.99 USD
(Media sample provided by Villa Maria and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates)

With grapes harvested from vineyards in the Awatere and Wairau Valleys in Marlborough, this first 2016 vintage sauvignon blanc boasts characteristics of both sources. Aromas and flavors of jalapeño and lemon verbena intermingle with citrus and tropical fruits, creating an intricate weave of herbaceousness, spice, and fruit. Classic New Zealand minerality and zippy acidity complete this scrumptious wine. Look for this sauvignon blanc in the United States in a couple of months.

For both of these wines, suggested pairings include fresh salads, goat cheese, shellfish (especially oysters!), your palate, and summer fun with family and friends.

Thank you again to Villa Maria for the opportunity to lead and participate in this tasting. To find these wines near you, visit this link.

Cheers!
Beth

2 thoughts on “Sips of Sauvignon Blanc!

    1. Hi Lori, we were told that they are in the process of rolling it out. It’s only in a few markets so far.

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