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Wine Spectator School

Class 3: New Zealand

Regional Wines and Foods


Tasting Goals
Taste pairs of Sauvingon Blanc and Pinot Noir from important regions in New Zealand. Compare regional styles, paying special attention to the differences in flavor and structure. Also, pair the wines with foods that reflect New Zealand produce.

The Four Wines

Purchase four wines from New Zealand.

  • The first pair should be Sauvignon Blanc; one one from Marlborough and one from Hawke's Bay. They should retail in the $12-18 price range.
  • The second pair should be Pinot Noir; one from Marlborough and one from Otago. They should retail in the $20-30 price range.
They should be from the same vintage, or within a year or two of each other.

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