Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Accompanies the Garden’s Bounty

There is no better time for the garden’s fresh produce than these hot, late summer days.
Ripe tomatoes weigh down the vines, filled with their sweet sun-warmed juice.

Zucchini ripens so fast, it can double in size in a day, if left on the vine.  Listen carefully, and you might hear it stretching its skin.

Basil plants love the heat and reach skyward, their deeply colored green leaves becoming as big as my palm.

The flavors each vegetable or herb offers up are pure hedonistic pleasure.   A plate full of these summer morsels is really all that is needed for dinner.

A wine to pair with these plates of pure pleasure should be pure itself, with strong flavors, yet just demure enough not to steal the spotlight from the food.

I chose the Villa Maria New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Villa Maria sources their Sauvignon Blanc grapes throughout the Marlborough region from their sustainable vineyards.

Aromas of gooseberry and melon entwine together along with grassy herbaceous notes.

The palate shows vibrant fruits with juicy melon on the rich front palate.  Bright gooseberry notes along with fresh herbs linger with racy acidity. There is a purity of elegant fruit here balanced by a racy mouthful of acidity.  Like a nun in her demure dress wearing stilettos underneath.

We paired this refreshing wine with a plate full of juicy tomatoes, fresh locally-made mozzarella, and bits of my fresh basil, all drizzled with spicy extra virgin olive oil.

Zucchini from the market was halved and grilled, topped with freshly-grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, then drizzled with garlic-chili oil.

The herbal character of this refreshing wine paired so well with my vegetables and the vibrant acidity partnered well with the strong, lusty flavors on our plates. The wine held its own, yet allowed these rich vegetables to shine!

These glorious summer days, I can be found near the garden, glass of wine in hand, watching the basil reaching, and listening carefully to the zucchini stretching its skin

Drinking with ripe vegetables from the garden!;
Sipping on a cool, quiet patio;
Anyone who loves a racy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with a bit of elegant refinement.

About the author: Sue Navratil

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