On this week’s audio podcast…Drink New Zealand and think the “King of Sauvignon Blanc”,sustainability and the meteoric rise in popularity! Experience the “New Zealand In A Glass 2015” event taking place across Canada.

 Experience the “New Zealand In A Glass 2015” event taking place across Canada. #SauvBlancDay … Buy tickets.

In every glass of New Zealand wine is a world of pure discovery. Join 22 premium New Zealand wineries with over 85 wines at our exclusive annual tasting. Meet the representatives, taste their exceptional wines, and make our discoveries your own. Food stations offering small samplings will be provided to enhance your New Zealand tasting experience.Please join us!

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On this week’s showDrink New Zealand and think the “King of Sauvignon Blanc”,sustainability and the meteoric rise in popularity!

Episode 21

We explore a youthful wine region that has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity.  It is recognized the world over for its commitment to the environment and sustainability. Widely recognized as the “King of Sauvignon Blanc” which has become synonymous with this region,and has recently been awarded its very own Pinot Noir glass for one of its regions by the preeminent 11th generation Austrian glass maker Riedel. We can only be talking about one country and that is New Zealand!

To start things off .. If there’s anyone in Canada that is truly passionate about the wines of New Zealand,and instrumental in the meteoric rise in popularity of these wines it is our first guest,who is Robert Ketchin, the Market Manager for New Zealand Winegrowers Canada for over twenty years.

Listen to Robert Ketchin at 5:53 minutes into the show. 

Great fun at the International Sauvignon Blanc Day April 24th enjoying 18 Sauvignon Blanc wines with 4 delicious types of oysters at Johnson and Sons Oyster House in Toronto. Celebrations started in New Zealand and continued as they traversed the various time zones around the globe ending in San Francisco,Twitter headquarters. #SauvBlancDay

 Our first kiwi caller as they are affectionately known as … Jim Robertson and Jim will share with us a little about the brief history of this youthful region, the role Brancott Estate winery played at the time as well as the significance of New Zealand’s signature grape Sauvignon Blanc.
Listen to Jim Robertson at 21:35 minutes into the show.

We first met Jim back in 2012 and had the opportunity to speak with him on our online talk TV show.Check what Jim had to see on line here.YouTube video


Stoneleigh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Available at the LCBO $17.75 per bottle.

Brancott Estate Letter B Sauvignon Blanc. Available at the LCBO $19.95 per bottle.

Peter and Vai Yealands
We’ll then speak to James McDonald of Yealands Family Wines also in Marlborough, to explore the commitment New Zealand has to sustainability, and what exactly that is… we might even hear the story of the dwarfed sheep put to work in the vineyards!

Listen to James McDonald at 35:53 minutes into the show.

Yealands Family Wines, Marlborough, New Zealand, the most sustainable winery in the world. Watch the video here and find out why.

 We chat with Georg Riedel of the 10th generation, world renown Austrian glass maker Riedel who has been making stemware for over 300 years.

Listen to Georg Riedel at 47:45 minutes into the show.

New Zealand wine region honoured in the launch of the Central Otago Pinot Noir glass. Available in Australia/New Zealand in May 2015.

Riedel Central Otago Pinot Noir Workshop with Georg Riedel.

In March 2013, the Central Otago Winegrowers Association host a sensory workshop in the region
attendance from 11 wineries:
Alongside local media, the participants sampled the same wines from 14 differently shaped glasses
instructed to analyse the aroma, taste, and overall flavour profile, to determine the best performing glass.
two glasses stood out above the others: the Vinum XL Pinot Noir and the Vinum Extreme Pinot Noir.
The Central Otago Pinot Noir glass incorporates the best features from these two glasses

Watch the Video here

 Our last call coming from down under is Sue White,proprietor of the multi awarded and highly regarded winery Whitehaven also located in Marlborough, Sue will fill us in on some of the specifics of kiwi wines, what makes them unique, their aromatics, their taste profiles.

Listen to Sue White at 1:04 minutes into the show.


Sue White of Whitehaven…Totally,utterly Marlborough to the last drop!On this week’s audio podcast.

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