Wines from New Zealand

The South Island’s towering mountains and plunging rivers mix with the North Island’s sun-soaked coastal plains to bring us six amazing picks from a wine country whose time has come—New Zealand.


Wairau River

Sauvignon Blanc

Wairau River Wines was the first independent vintner to plant grapes in New Zealand’s now-famous Marlborough region.

Green apple and tangerine citrus aromas. Dense with flavors of guava, ruby red grapefruit and mango. White pepper in the rich finish.

Piave Oro del Tempo cheese, seafood enchiladas, fish with lemon, fennel salad

Recipe: Mexican Caesar Salad

Kim Crawford

Pinot Gris

Only 2400 cases of this hard-to-find wine were made. We bought 2000 of them!

Loads of up-front ripe fruit. Peach, cinnamon and pear skin notes move to pleasant minerality in the nicely weighted finish.

Anco Saint Agur blue cheese, braised greens, piccata, walnuts, lime-grilled chicken or fish

Recipe: Poached Halibut with Ginger and Cilantro

Oyster Bay


Oyster Bay plants grasses, including chicory and buckwheat, between vine rows to attract beneficial insects and control pests naturally.

Sleek and well-balanced. Meyer lemon and tart apple aromas. A whisper of oak rounds out fruitiness, adding complexity to the creamy finish.

Emmi Roth Le Gruyère, fish or squash with caramelized onions, onion dip, Vidalia onion soup

Recipe: Butternut Squash Gratin with Le Gruyère

Grove Mill

Pinot Noir

Grove Mill has dedicated wetlands near its vineyards to the preservation and protection of its mascot, the Southern Bell Frog.

Aromas of red raspberry and compote. Flavors move from cherry, cassis and rosemary to sassafras and campfire. Rich, well-rounded, smoky.

Uniekaas Robusto, charcuterie, crispy roast chicken, goat-cheese stuffed peppadews, pork loin with sour cherry glaze

Recipe: Coffee-Rubbed Roasted Chicken

Villa Maria

The Red Blend

Winery founder Sir George Fistonich leased five acres of his father’s land and started Villa Maria in 1961 at the age of 21.

Dark chocolate and eucalyptus aromas. Deeply rich, hints of mint and black olive. Lush, structured, chocolate cake and blackberry on the finish.

Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, lamb with root vegetables, hearty stew, veggie chili, chicken mole

Recipe: Leg of Lamb with Crispy Onions


Sparkling Cuvée

Grapes for this bubbly grow in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay, respectively New Zealand’s eastern-most and oldest wine growing regions.

Rich and ripe. Notes of baked fruits and citrus in the clean finish. The perfect accompaniment to appetizers and brunch.

Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue, French toast, bacon-wrapped figs, hazelnut shortbread, eggs Benedict, full-flavored fish

Recipe: Baked Cranberry-Walnut French Toast

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