In late January, the Culinary Institute of America at the Copia Building in downtown Napa hosted the fourth annual CIA Sommelier Summit. David Strada organized a lunch hosted by New Zealand Winegrowers and Mt. Beautiful alongside Amisfield wines were two of the seven brands from New Zealand represented at this lunch. For a full recap check out "Going Beyond Sauvignon Blanc at the Culinary Institute of America's Fourth Annual Sommelier Summit" authored by Melissa A. Marrapese Ph.d in the April issue of The Tasting Panel. Link here.
In late January the North Canterbury Wines Association put togeher a fabulous day of wine, food and fun for a group of visiting media. Mt. Beautiful, of course, was one of the 60 or so wineries represented at this special event.
Photos from the event, including some very impressive contortionist performers can be located on this Facebook photo album hosted on the North Canterbury Wines Association page:
Two new reviews by Christina Pickard!
2018 Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc
Medium-gold in color, this North Canterbury Sauvignon leads with a heady nose of guava, lychee, and pineapple, with soft aromas of grass and tomato leaf. There's a nice play on the palate between texture and prickly acidity, with plenty of tropical fruit and a long finish. It makes for an apt pairing with summery cuisine.
2017 Mt. Beautiful Chardonnay
91 Points – Editor’s Choice
Somewhere between honey and lemon in color, this Chardonnay shows off much of what is so good about the North Canterbury region. The nose is sunny and bright with tropical and stone fruit backed by nutty, toasty and floral aromas. The medium-bodied palate is focused with chalky textured but slippery fruit weight. Lifted acidity and bright fruit add tingly tangy character. Drink over the next few years on its own or with food.