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New Zealand Whites Plus Ports    February 14, 2004

First – New Zealand Whites. New Zealand is an up and coming area and has a climate that is partial to white wine. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Riesling are the current white wines of choice. More can be read and understood at http://www.nzwine.com/
Second – as a tribute to Valentine’s Day, Jack and Carolyn will bring a couple of good Ports. Bring DESSERTS that will go with Port. Jack suggests Stilton Cheese, Dark Chocolate, anything with almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts, and Apple or Pecan Pie.

From the Bottle Label
1 Brancott Vinyards Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2003 $12 Hugh Johnson's 2004 booklet gives it 2-3 stars where 2="above average" and 3= "well known, highly reputed" Good with delicate tastes like sole. Pleasant and nice balance.
2 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2002 $14 Bottle says "rich tropical fruit." Hugh Johnson: "One of NZ's three largest companies. Private bin wines can be excellent value." 2-3 stars, colored stars ndicate "Especially good in its price range." Somewhat acidy, not well balanced. (Anne thought it was interesting.)
3 Goldwater Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2002, $20 Hugh Johnson: "Pungent", 3 stars. Balanced and more robust.
4 Thornbury Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 2000. Fermented in French Oak Barrels. No one was a fan of this one.
5 Porto Barrow Vintage Character $14 Ruby color, fairly mild taste
6 Fonseca Guimarens Vintage Porto. 1984, bottled in 1986. rated 85-88 $40 Would have cost more if it were a designated year. Stronger flavor.
7 Delaforce Oporto Curious Aged in wood 20 years, bottled 2003. Rated in the 90's. $60 Tawny, a lot of intricacy to the flavor, especially caramel. Tasted like a dessert in itself.