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Hole in the Clouds Sauvignon Blanc 2019
Marlborough, New Zealand

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 @ 06:00 PM (ET)

A wine this vibrant and exciting deserves a film that’s an equal treat to the senses. Beloved since its debut, the musical, the like wine, pulls you in and lifts you up as you spend a year with the Smith family and share in all their drama and fun. Judy Garland sings several soon-to-be standards including “The Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” She is joined by an excellent cast including Margaret O’Brien and Mary Astor. Both wine and movie are a can’t-miss experience.

THE WINE

Around 30 years ago, New Zealand burst onto the global wine stage with its uniquely intense Sauvignon Blanc. Today, the style is one of the world’s (and our customers’) most beloved whites, and the Rose family make some of the finest we’ve tasted. Their estate lies in the Kei Puta to Wairau valley, which means ‘hole in the clouds’ in the local Maori dialect. The name speaks to the valley’s landscape, marked by brilliant sunshine, regal mountains, and the ever-changing sea. A vibrant, tropical- and citrus-fruited tribute to the valley, Hole in the Clouds Sauvignon Blanc boasts a gold medal from the China Wine & Spirits Awards.

THE REGION

Located on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, Marlborough’s warm days, cool nights, and rocky soils produce the perfect balance of pure fruit flavor and crisp, mouthwatering acidity. Marlborough benefitted from an exceptionally sunny and dry growing season in 2019, which helped the Rose family’s grapes develop even riper, more concentrated flavors.

THE FAMILY

VY_NewZealand_GreenmeadowsBack when Marlborough was sheep farming territory, Phil and Chris Rose fought (and won) a legal battle for the right to plant vines. Others soon followed suit, creating ‘The Golden Mile,’ the original and best vineyards. Today, their Wairau River Estate is a true family affair. Son Sam makes the family’s award-winning wines and daughter Caroline pairs them with local seafood at their acclaimed restaurant.

WITH FOOD

shell_greenlippedmussels_sauteedThis exhilarating Sauvignon Blanc will make a mouthwatering aperitif, but it’s equally delicious with food. Enjoy a well-chilled glass alongside tangy goat cheese (Sauvignon’s classic match) or a plate of crudités. You could also pair it with grilled white meats or summer salads. Our favorite pairing is seafood, especially New Zealand’s signature green-lipped mussels.

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