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Wine of the Week – Dashwood Pinot Noir 2013

The well drained soils and mild temperatures of New Zealand provide a great climate for winemaking. At Dashwood, a brand of Vavasour Wines created in 1989, the goal was to blend grapes from the Wairau and Awatere Valleys in Marlborough.
The Pinot Noir 2013 is a lighter red, ideal for those who don’t want to abandon red wines in the summer months. Elegant, with notes of blackberry, plum and cherry, it’s bold and well balanced with soft tannins and good structure. The fruits yield vibrant flavor. The wine, which is 13.5 percent ABV, makes the perfect complement to a variety of dishes from roasted chicken to salmon, duck and pastas.

Wine of the Week – Mud House Riesling, Waipara Valley, 2012

Rieslings, whether from Alsace or elsewhere, have sometimes been criticized in the past for being too sweet. Today, dry, crisper Rieslings are becoming more the norm, whether from Germany, Alsace or elsewhere in the world like New Zealand where this very enjoyable 2012 Riesling is from, well crafted, well structured and beautifully balanced without any excessive sweetness.
Minerality and structure are here, along with a slight touch of sweetness at the finish. Think medium dry with notes of honeysuckle, citrus and some floral touches.
The vintage took “Best of Class’ earlier this year in the Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition, receiving 98 points and a Gold Medal.

Wine of the Week – Mud House Pinot Gris 2012

Mud House, maker of sustainable wines from three regions of New Zealand, won a silver medal for this beautifully balanced, delicious Pinot Gris in the Spiegalau International Wine Competition this year.
The winery focuses on the earth and also won best overall New Zealand wines in the Japan Wine Challenge. This Pinot Gris has distinctive spice notes that distinguish it from many others.
Juicy with flavors of pear and quince, this wine’s acidity distinguishes it from other Pinot Gris offerings. Fifty percent of the grapes are from New Zealand’s Waipara Valley with the remainder coming from the two other wine growing regions.
Mud House has a new reduced weight bottle for its wines, reducing its environmental and social footprint. Visit http://mudhousewines.co.nz