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Stonewall Riesling 2016
Marlborough, New Zealand

Being There (1979)
FRIDAY, APRIL 12 @ 09:45 PM (ET)

Just like in this complex Riesling, a touch of nuttiness is what makes director Hal Ashby’s film so beloved. Peter Sellers stars as Chance, a simple-minded gardener who is mistaken for a man of profound wisdom and insight. It’s his refreshing take on modern life – thought of as profound by those around him – that turns him into a modern-day philosopher and unwitting political advisor. And it’s a role that only Sellers could have excelled in, a sweet performance befitting a wine of simple elegance.

THE WINE

New Zealand may be famous for its racy Sauvignon Blanc, but it’s no one-trick pony. Need proof? Just ask Dr. John Forrest. He’s mastered the many styles that thrive in Marlborough’s flinty soils, but he’s especially passionate about Riesling. His regular release wins major acclaim – like Champion Wine of New Zealand at the national awards – and Stonewall is a premium exclusive he makes just for our customers. Look forward to attractive floral aromas and complex, citrus-fruit flavors.

THE WINEMAKER

Dr. John Forrest is a pioneer of the Golden Mile – Marlborough’s original and best vineyard strip. Located in the sub-region of Rapaura, it boasts optimum wine-growing conditions and is home to some of the country’s oldest and most famous vineyards. This special white is named for the walled entrance to John’s beautiful estate, built from the Wairau River stones (seen below, along with John) that help to give Marlborough’s best wines their signature, mouthwatering mineral notes.

THE REGION

WM_JohnForrest_riverNew Zealand makes only a tiny quantity of wine – about one tenth of Australia’s output. Since winning international acclaim and attention in the 1980s, Sauvignon has been the country’s calling card, but today it’s increasingly famous for other whites like Riesling. “New Zealand has made an international impact with white wines of startling quality,” says top writer Hugh Johnson.

WITH FOOD

shell_scallopsThis ripe, aromatic white makes the perfect aperitif. It’s also an ideal partner for spicy Asian dishes – especially if they involve chicken or seafood. One of our favorite pairings is actually sushi, particularly rolls featuring shrimp tempura and avocado. Not in the mood for Asian? John recommends sipping his Riesling with grilled sea scallops in a beurre blanc.

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