November and December are when wine sales peak and prices hit rock bottom. There’s a saying in the wine trade “If you don’t make it in the festive season, you don’t make it.” Sparkling wine price wars mean an absolute bonanza for the bubbly buyer. Don’t be too impulsive, a little planning will help you get the best wines at the lowest prices during the festive feeding frenzy.
Five organic Marlborough wineries recently got together to form a group with the catchy name of Mana (Marlborough Natural Winegrowers). They are Fromm, Huia, Hans Herzog, Te Whare Ra (TWR) and Seresin. I tasted 53 of their wines. Collectively they are a cut or two above the Marlborough average. Does that mean that using organic winemaking and grape-growing methods produces higher quality wine? Possibly. But it might also indicate that these five wine producers are more quality-conscious than most. It’s hard to prove one way or the other.
Learning to love Rosé is easy. Simply spend a week or two in the south of France. It worked for me.