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New Zealand Wines Winners in Recent Canadian Wine Awards


WineAlign’s 2013 World Wine Awards of Canada is a brand new competition yet the judging team are seasoned top wine writers and sommeliers who spent five days blind tasting 1,000 wines!  New Zealand was there to participate, and have some winning wines to share with you. Yes Sauvignon Blanc is in the list, but there are other varietal wines for you to consider, such as Pinot Grigio.

Best of Country

  • Whitehaven Pinot Noir 2011  ( A top quality winery that I never hestitate to recommend.)

Best of variety under $15

  • Monkey Bay Pinot Grigio 2012

Judges’ Choice

  • Giesen  Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Judges’ Choice by Varietal 
Sauvignon Blanc  

  • Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Pinot Gris/Grigio

  • Monkey Bay Pinot Grigio 2012

Pinot Noir  

  • Stoneleigh Pinot Noir 2012

The Globe in Your Glass Media Tasting

This evening in support of Canuck Place, was the Globe in Your Glass tasting, with wineries from around the world. There was also a Media component, which usually has a person telling you something about the wines for the evening, BUT this evening was different. We were presented with 15 wines (8 white and 7 red) that were poured into carafes. Our task as Media was to taste each wine and guess the winery that produced it and the varietal or blend. We did get a hint for each wine, but it was still really hard. Also, all the wines were under $20, so good value.

The wines were of course unveiled at the end and the person(s) with the most right guesses, wins. Believe it or not, yours truly guessed the most correct wines. The wines we had to guess were:
– Hardys Stamp of Australia Riesling Gewurztraminer 2008 ($10.49)
– Sumac Ridge Private Reserve Gewurztraminer 2007 ($12.99) *
– Nk-Mip Cellars Pinot Blanc 2007 ($17.01)

– Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi S
auvignon Blanc 2008 ($9.99)
– Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009 ($15.99) *
– Banrock Station Unwooded Chardonnay 2007 ($11.99)
– Jackson-Triggs Esprit VQA Chardonnay 2007 ($12.99)

– Inniskillin Okanagan Dark Horse Chardonnay 2005 ($19.99) *

– See Ya Later Ranch Unleashed Pinot Noir 2007 ($17.99) *

– Hogue Cellars Genesis Merlot 2004 ($19.99)

– Clos du Bois Merlot 2005 ($19.99)
Barossa Valley Estates E-Minor Shiraz 2008 ($19.99)
– Hardys Chronicles “Butcher’s Gold” Shiraz Sangiovese 2007 ($16.95) *

– Robert Mondavi Private Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 ($19.99)

– Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2006 ($19.99) *

The easiest for me to guess was the Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc, the See Ya Later Ranch Pinot Noir, and the Ravenswood Zinfandel. The toughest was the Nk’Mip Cellars Pinot Blanc and the Hardys Chronicles “Butcher’s Gold” Shiraz Sangiovese.

The ones I enjoyed the most I put a “*” beside in case you are looking for a tasty wine under $20. Enjoy.