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Villa Maria Pinot Noir “First Sip of Fall”

by Nannette Eaton on October 15, 2015

“The first sip is joy, the second is gladness, the third is serenity, the fourth is madness, the fifth is ecstasy.” ― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

Villa Maria Marlborough New Zealand Winery

Join Villa Maria for the “First Taste of Fall” Twitter event on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific to celebrate the harvest and chat and taste the first sips of the 2014 pinot noir release. Use the hashtag #NZPinot to track, follow along and contribute to the conversation — using the hash during the event qualifies for awesome prizes.

For the event, here are the key players and their Twitter links. Of course you need to follow Villa Maria, as well as Helen Morrison, Senior Marlborough Winemaker at Villa Maria, and Josh Hammond, Marlborough Winemaker at Villa Maria. Moderating the “First Taste of Fall” is the awesome Janet Fouts, and if you haven’t followed me at Wine Harlots on Twitter, it’s about bloody time! The wines being sampled will be the Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir 2014 ($15 USD) before it’s highly anticipated release to the U.S. market and the Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2013 ($20 USD). Both wines exemplify the flavor and complexity of New Zealand Pinot Noir and the commitment to quality Villa Maria is known for.

Villa Maria A Year in the Vineyards-Harvest New Zealand
For more information about Villa Maria, be sure to check out their website, and get social with them on Facebook and Instagram. Here’s a brief bio on the winery: “The Villa Maria story is one of absolute passion. Each wine is crafted in the unique, fruit-driven style of New Zealand, showcasing the very best of the country’s distinct wine regions. Villa Maria sources grapes from New Zealand’s premium grape growing regions, including Marlborough and Hawkes Bay, and produces wines in state-of-the-art winemaking facilities in Auckland and Marlborough. The winery Sir George Fistonich started in 1961 is still family owned and stands as an icon of superior quality and innovation in New Zealand winemaking. Villa Maria was also the first wine company in New Zealand to declare the winery a “cork-free zone,” sealing all wines from the 2001 vintage onwards with a screwcap to ensure quality in every bottle. Dedicated to minimizing environmental impact, Villa Maria has pioneered sustainable viticulture and winemaking since the 1990s, and is one of the very few wineries that have acquired four certifications as proof of the ongoing commitment. In 2015, Drinks International named Villa Maria the most admired wine brand in New Zealand and fourth most admired wine brand in the world.”

Put Villa Maria on your calendar (and your table) for Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific — and make it a delicious date.

Photo credit: Villa Maria ©2015

Disclosure: Compensation is being provided for this announcement, as well as my participation in the Twitter wine party.