Tuesday, February 26, 2008
New Zealand at the Wine House
I bought the Huia, Pinot Gris, 2006, Marlborough, New Zealand, from the Wine House ($21.99) about 2 weeks ago. I've been trying to drink more wine from New Zealand not only because I think they are turning out some pretty spectacular wines, but because it's impossible to pass the MW exam without knowing them inside out. We had the Huia Pinot Noir, also a Wine House purchase ($24.99) about a month ago and it was quite pleasant, with rich soft ripe cherry fruit, and at a nice price. It's getting harder and harder to find good Pinot under $30. But the Pinot Gris? I don't know guys. My beef with New Zealand Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc is that they all taste like peas. Canned peas. Green and stewed. This wine had good body and citrus fruit intensity though, so for those of you that don't have an aversion to canned peas, go for it. For me? Icky pee peas. I'll skip the PG and go for the PN. The Wine House has a really good New Zealand section, so check it out, and bug my friend, and co-owner of the Wine House, Jim Knight. Tell him I sent you. He will either treat you like a god or he'll hide in his office and say he has no idea who I am.