Movie & Wine Pairing


Sunday Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Marlborough, New Zealand

On an Island with You (1948)
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Pair this blast of tropical fruit with Hollywood’s refreshing girl-next-door, Esther Williams, in On an Island with You. Savor notes of passion fruit while romance ignites onscreen between Williams and costar Peter Lawford, stranded together on a beautiful but remote tropical island. This Technicolor musical comedy is as lively and invigorating as Sunday Bay’s delightful Sauvignon Blanc.


Intensely aromatic Sauvignon Blanc is one of the world’s most refreshing wines. France’s Loire Valley may be its spiritual home, but it’s at its most thrilling in Marlborough, where it makes “one of the world’s great flavor-for-money whites,” says Wine Spectator. Crafted with premium grapes from Marlborough’s gorgeous Awatere Valley, Sunday Bay is a classic example. Get ready for an invigorating blast of tropical fruit, with lively acidity and textbook minerally freshness. Enjoy well-chilled, with fresh seafood, white meats or a spread of cheeses. Or, sip it on its own, as a classy aperitif.


The Pohutukawa tree is one of New Zealand’s most recognizable indigenous plants. It’s affectionately known as “The New Zealand Christmas Tree,” thanks to the brilliant scarlet blooms that blanket its branches in December. Like grapevines, it thrives in quick-draining, mineral-rich soil, so you may see them dotting the landscape at local vineyards.


Twenty years ago, few wine lovers had heard of Marlborough, let alone tried its wines. Today, this remote and beautiful part of the world is internationally acclaimed for its racy Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough is bright, yet cool, and holds the title for New Zealand’s sunniest and driest region. These factors undoubtedly contribute to the wine’s tropical ripeness ... as you’ll soon taste.


Easy to sip on its own, Sunday Bay also tastes fantastic with simple white fish, chicken and pasta dishes (go for pasta with a light cream or olive oil-based sauce). It’d also be delightful with a spread of cheeses, dried fruits, nuts and more. Make sure the wine’s nicely chilled–45 minutes in the fridge should do it – to really draw out its zingy citrus character.

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