We have been in a jubilant mood over the last few days as our Stonecrop Martinborough Pinot Noir was rated No. 2 in a blind tasting of twenty New Zealand Pinot Noirs by Eric Asimov of The New York Times.
I called my in-laws in New Zealand to share the news, the tenacious duo who have worked so hard over the years down at Dry River Road, moving rocks, digging, planting, driving tractors.......the list is long, it would take reams of rimu to list. As a family, this recognition means so much to us, we are passionate about our small 20 acre vineyard and our estate grown wines, we thought our 2008 Pinot Noir was special, but it really is a thrill to discover that 'they' like it too.
Florence Fabricant is The New York Times food critic, she was also on the wine panel with Eric Asimov, along with Scott Mayger, the general manager of Telepan and Byron Bates a sommelier and wine consultant, she suggested a Hefty Borscht to pair with New Zealand pinot noirs, we are going to make it as a celebratory dinner with a bottle of Stonecrop, it sounds delicious with the combination of short ribs, beets and red cabbage.
Friends invited us over for homemade pizza, we took a bottle of our pinot, I was thinking can you drink pinot with pizza? you bet you can, and on cloud nine too!