Friday, October 12, 2012

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Wines & Wendel's Baked Goods and German Sausage

Fabulously Fragrant: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Wines & Wendel's Baked Goods and German Sausage

I had the opportunity to taste six (6) varieties of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines with a Variety of Baked breads and German Schnitzel/Sausages .  What a unique and powerfully satisfying palette combination.

John H. Isacs, CEO of Enjoy Gourmet brought together these wonderful white wines from New Zealand with the fine German baked goods and cooked sausages by Wendel’s Restaurant of Taipei.   More than forty (40) people attended this event and enjoyed it so thoroughly that many lingered several hours to enjoy the food and wine.  John gave a detailed and stimulating presentation on new Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines, spoken in Chinese.  While I do not speak Mandarin, I was able to speak with John for a good amount of time to hear his passion for these fine quality New Zealand wines and the Wendel’s bakery.

The Evening started well attended and enthusiastic about NZ Sauvignon Blanc wines

Enjoy Gourmet
Address: 4F-2, No. 311, Cec. 4, Chung Hsaio E. Rd., Taipei 106, Taiwan
Phone: +886 2 27813098

Address:  No. 28, Lane 260, Guāngfù South Road, Dà'ān District, Taipei
地址: 台北市大安區光復南路26028
Phone: (02) 2711-8919
MRT:  Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station, 1 to 2 minute walk from MRT Station.


People of all ages Love Wendel's Bakery

This upscale and trendy bakery has some of the most tempting baked goods and deserts in Taipei.  There German beads, pretzels and deserts were certainly highlights for me that you will seldom ever see in other Taipei bakeries.  I was so tempted, I selected several boxes of deserts to take home with me!
So Tempting ....... Yummy

In my business career, I have had a chance to taste wines from around the globe.  In my travels, I have visited the Burgundy, Bordeaux, Alsace Lorraine, and Chablis regions of France; the Mosel, Baden, Saar, Reingau, and Nahe regions of Germany, and many fine wine regions throughout Italy and Spain as well as other European countries.  Living in Northern California has also afforded me numerous opportunities to visit Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Russian River, and other areas such as Paso Robles.  In these travels, I managed to build up my wine cellar to more than hundreds of bottles of wine and more than 150 varieties from 60+ wine producers.  I feel blessed to have also had the chance to enjoy most of those fine wines.

I do not consider myself a knowledgeable and  experienced wine tasting aficionado, but I do know a great deal about wines, and wines that satisfy my discriminating tastes and palette. 

Forget about the old wives tale that red wined should only be served with red meats such as beef, and white wines should only be served with fish and seafood.  The simple truth is if you like a wine, and the wine enhances your eating experience with any type of food, then this is a good choice for you.  

New Zealand Wines @ the Wine Tasting

I have tried red and white wines with German foods in my many travels throughout Germany, but mostly light red wines such as a rose, and or a pinot noir, and white wines such as the sweeter Rieslings…..but never a Sauvignon Blanc.

Typical Sauvignon Blanc Grape on the Vine

Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape planted throughout the world.  California is a major producer as well as New Zealand, but fine wines also abound in world regions such as Australia, Austria, Chile, and France’s Bordeaux region.  Dryer than some other white wine varieties, Sauvignon Blanc wines can vary widely in quality, taste/finish, bouquet, and style. I have tried these wines that are crisp yet zesty, smooth to sharp, grassy to lush and many with a wide range of fruity tones including tropical fruits.

Sources indicate that there are almost 14,000 hectares of grape vines in the small country of New Zealand, producing some very high quality wines.  In the early nineteenth century around 1820 or so, missionaries began planting grape vines in New Zealand.  In the last several decades, New Zealand has entered the global wine arena with almost 500 wine producing companies. The primary New Zealand white grapes include Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, and limited Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Müller-Thurgau and Viognier.  The primary New Zealand red grapes include Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and limited Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Syrah, Tempranillo, Montepulciano and Sangiovese. Most of New Zealand red wines seem to be varietal blends of these wonderful red grapes.

NZ Wine Regions Map - Courtesy of New Zealand Winegrowers.

The wines we tasted at this event were all from the Marlborough region except one from Waipara.  I have added my first impression notes about each of the wines that I tasted.

#1 – Marlborough: Wairau River, 2010
First Impression Notes: A fresh and fruity nose that sparks hints of a citrus lime chiffon and florals.  Lively yet rich and buttery on the palette, with a smooth and soft finish.   I need to go back and try this one again. 

#2 – Marlborough: Saint Clair Fire Road, 2011
First Impression Notes: A strong vibrant nose with hints of Key Limes, and kiwi fruit.  Mildly dry and crisp, yet fruity and refreshing.  Nicely balanced acidity with a lasting and tantalizing finish.

#3 – Waipara: Main Divide, 2010
First Impression Notes: A spicy herb and fruity nose with intense grassy and peppery taste with hints of butterscotch, guava and sharp citrus. Balanced with a spirited acidity and a dry, sharp, lingering finish.

#4 – Marlborough: Kim Crawford, 2011
First Impression Notes: A wonderful fruity nose with strong hints of green apples, Asian pears and stone fruit.  Lightly herbaceous and mildly dry on the palette with a lasting and firey finish.   

#5 – Marlborough: Villa Maria Private Bin, 2011
First Impression Notes: A sweet and fruity nose with hints of licorice. Zesty flavors of  lemon-lime, gooseberry, and passion fruit.  Slightly tart, spirited acidity, yet refreshing on the palette, with lots of fruit.  A nice, long lasting finish.

#6 – Marlborough: Giesen The Brothers, 2010
First Impression Notes: A fruity and intense nose with hints of kumquats, lime and citrus.  Medium bodied and mouth-watering with a burst of vibrant gooseberry, Fuji apple, and tart passion fruit on the palette.  Crisp acidity and a long zesty finish tempting for more.

I must say that I was not disappointed in any of these wines, and would certainly enjoy all of them again.  My favorite of the group is the Wairau River, 2010 and I enjoyed several more glasses.

The surprise of the evening is how incredibly well these wines went with the sensational German sausage and sour kraut.  These zesty and spirited Sauvignon Blanc’s brought out the best of the sausage, and gave a real intensity to the sausage meats and herbs.  For me, this combination really works! 

Wendel's Baked Breads
Wendel's Delicious German Sausages

New Zealand Fine Sauvignon Blanc Wines

So if you are planning an event and you are considering German Sausages, Bread, Pretzels and Sweets or similar cuisine as appetizers, a main course, or desert, definitely shop at a  Wendel’s near you, and offer one or more of these fine New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines for your friends and guests to thoroughly enjoy. 


Bon Appetit!


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