Fans of the ever popular Sauvignon Blanc are in for a BIG treat as we will be sipping along with wine bloggers from all of the country, including resident wine expert and Head Thirsty Girl, Leslie Sbrocco and Villa Maria GM of Winemaking & Viticulture Alastair Maling MW. We’ll be moderating the chat from the @beathirstygirl Twitter account.
Now’s your chance to ask away about New Zealand wines and in particular Sauvignon Blanc!
It’s a BIG year for Villa Maria as they celebrate their 50th year of vintages. The Villa Maria story is one of absolute passion. The winery was founded by Sir George Fistonich and remains family owned today. Fistonich’s dedication to quality has led Villa Maria to become the New Zealand wine icon it is today.
Villa Maria Wine Facts
- Villa Maria Estate is celebrating 50 years of exceptional winemaking
- Villa Maria Estate is 100% family and New Zealand owned
- Villa Maria Estate is a top New Zealand producer, known for its relentless commitment to quality
- Sir George Fistonich, founder and owner of Villa Maria Estate, is recognized as an icon in the NZ wine industry
- As a family owned business Villa Maria has a long held objective to be environmentally responsible and to operate using sustainable practices
- Villa Maria produces 4 tiers of wines in the U.S. (Private Bin, Cellar Selection, Reserve and Single Vineyard) and the wines are widely available.
- Villa Maria has a winery/tasting room on both the North and South Island of New Zealand that is open to the public. Please come visit.
- The U.S. suggested retail price of the Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc is $14.99
- The U.S. suggested retail price of the Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc is $21.99
The Wines We’ll be Tasting
2011 Villa Maria Estate Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc – SRP $14.99
Click here to download a PDF Info Sheet for this wine.
2011 Villa Maria Estate Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc – SRP $19.99
Read tasting notes for this wine.
A Few Fun Facts :
- Villa Maria was the first wine company in New Zealand to declare the winery a “cork-free zone,” sealing all wines from the 2004 vintage onwards with a screwcap to ensure quality in every bottle. It was also the first New Zealand producer to employ professional viticulturists and is a leader in sustainable viticulture and winemaking.
- Sauvignon Blanc The Sauvignon Blanc grape is originally from the Bordeaux region of France. It is planted in many regions around the world and can be made in a crisp, dry style like at Villa Maria Estate or as a dessert wine. Flavors can range from aggressively grassy to very tropical and sweet.
About Alastair Maling: Born and raised in Hawkes Bay, Alastair completed a commerce degree at Lincoln University but was drawn to a career in winemaking.
After working a vintage in Hungary, Alastair returned to New Zealand to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Oenology and Viticulture at Lincoln University in 1994, after which he worked a vintage at Esk Valley Estate in Hawkes Bay.
Alastair Maling’s winemaking career has seen him travel extensively throughout the old and new world wine regions of the planet, gaining a wealth of experience with an impressive range of grape varietals and international winemaking styles.
Alastair will be tweeting during #TGTaste from @alastairmaling
Villa Maria will also be participating from @villamaria_wine
Prizes: A few lucky #TGTasters will be randomly chose to receive 2 bottle wine carriers from Villa Maria.
Need help joining the conversation? Our social media guru Janet Fouts has put together a tutorial. Click here for instructions.
TG Taste is a sponsored program. Wineries/companies pay a fee to Thirsty Girl LLC and each company legally sends product samples to the majority of bloggers/writers. There is no guarantee of positive comments by the tasters during the hour-long twitter taste. The opinions of the bloggers are their own and the conversation is moderated by Thirsty Girl staff. Anyone may join in and express their views on the wines.
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