Bring New Zealand's Greatest Vintage to Your Table This Holiday Season

Villa Maria Estate celebrates 2013 vintage with debut of new labels

/ PRNewswire / — We’re all dressed up and ready to help you celebrate your holiday season with New Zealand’s greatest vintage.
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"Wine drinkers can expect great things from 2013 – I think it's going to be a truly historic year for New Zealand wine," Villa Maria's Founder and Owner Sir George Fistonich said.

Thanks to one of the country's most memorable growing seasons, wine lovers are set to sample what could be New Zealand's best vintage in recent memory.

Now you can bring home New Zealand's greatest vintage for your holiday table, starting with the new look of the Villa Maria's 2013 Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The wine has hints of passion fruit and fresh lime, perfect for dressing up your holiday fare at any occasion.

"The reason you love Sauvignon Blanc in the summer time is the same reason you're going to love it during the holiday," said John Sarich, culinary director, cookbook author and television personality, in a recent in a recent video. "Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with so many dishes."

Definitely serve with:
• Light appetizers Goat cheese, fresh fruits and shellfish are perfect pairs
• Lighter soups and quiche Brightens and enhances delicate savory and herb flavors
• Turkey and rich seafoods Citrus notes add crispness to contrast buttery richness
• Stuffing Nutty, garlic and herb stuffings are pleasing pairs
• Embrace spice As this dish pairs great with spicy dishes from around the world
Think twice:
• Heavy red meats They just don't get along. Think passion fruit and lemon with prime rib, hmmm…
• Root vegetables and squashes Holiday fare that is also sweet, like the all-to-familiar baked yams with marshmallows, doesn't mesh on the palate
• Rich sauces and soups Citrus zest against decadent cream can taste sharp and sour

With New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc sales rising 17.8 percent in the U.S. this year, according to Nielsen*, you're sure to have a hit on your hands by incorporating Chef Sarich's tips and Villa Maria's 2013 Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc into your holiday soirees.

Entering into the 51st vintage with a fresh and modern look that showcases the company's commitment to excellence and their accomplishments, was a goal Sir George Fistonich had this year for Villa Maria New Zealand.

"More than 70 percent of our wine is exported around the world, and we want to show international shoppers exactly where our wine is produced, and emphasize its quality with a more contemporary looking label." Sir George said. "It's fitting to be able to label our best vintage with a design that will be remembered."

While Villa Maria wines have a new look, they have the commitment to quality and excellence in the bottle you've come to expect from us and they are a perfect complement for your holiday table.

Visit http://www.villamaria.co.nz/holiday-entertaining for recipes from the video. Like us on Facebook and share your favorite holiday pairings with Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc.

*Based on Nielsen sales for 52 consecutive weeks ending Sept. 14, 2013