Marlborough (Wo)Man

by Robin Rodig | March 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kia Ora!

My application is in. I'd officially like to become the new advertising campaign icon for the Marlborough wine region. Forget the Marlboro Man. Instead of a 10 gallon hat-wearing cowboy with a cigarette hanging from his mouth picture me with a glass full of light golden Sauvignon Blanc in one hand and an umbrella in the other.

Crossing over from the North Island to the South this week, I felt like a wide-eyed immigrant approaching Ellis Island. The difference in the look and feel of the environment had "A Whole New World" from Aladdin ringing in my head. I could not believe what a three hour ferry ride produced. Notably rain pouring from the sky for three days. Something the terribly drought-stricken North Island or I haven't seen in a long time! So my duck and cover entrance was in full swing as I tasted my way through the final leg of the Classic Wine Trail- the world famous Marlborough region that put New Zealand on the wine map.

Practicing safe sipping, I again spent an afternoon on a thorough wine tour with a group of Aussies, English, and Scottish. It was an education learning about the rapid growth and the expanding varietals of this area. I am even shocked by how much my senses of taste and smell have improved in distinguishing nuances in what I was drinking. I need to add that to my application.

But alas the days on the wine trail have had to come to an end. Luckily, like a good Sauvignon Blanc, I had an elegant and refreshing finish to the trail exploration. San Diego friends, Jen and Mike, met up with me at one of their ports on a NZ cruise. The afternoon was spent nibbling cheese and crackers we picked up from local Barrys Bay Cheese Factory, sipping a range of wines at chateau-style winery French Farm, overlooking secluded and still Akaroa Harbor. For this, in addition to braving my NZ driving skills (yikes), I thank Jen and Mike for sharing a great New Zealand day and memory with me.

Now, on to the next frontier! With my glass and umbrella in hand.

Po marie!

Marlborough vineyards, Marlborough, New Zealand

Marlborough vineyards under a dark sky

Pink Roses, Blenheim, New Zealand

 Fragrant, rain-covered roses

Purple roses, Blenheim, New Zealand

Yealands Estate vineyards, New Zealand

Terraced vineyards at Yealands Estate

Picking grapes in Marlborough, New Zealand

Winery grapes, Marlborough, New Zealand

Marlborough wine region, Marlborough, New Zealand The famous Marlborough wine region

Marlborough wineries, Marlborough, New Zealand

Marlborough wineries known for Sauvignon Blanc

Akaroa Harbor, South Island, New Zealand Akaroa Harbor

Winetasting at French Farm Winery, Akaroa, New Zealand Friends Jen and Mike and I enjoying our tastings at the beautiful French Farm winery in Akaroa


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