Upcoming Tastings

Due to Covid-19 all our tasting are currently taking place on Zoom each week on Thursday at 6:30pm. Here is the information for our next tasting:

Join us Thursday, August 13th at 6:30pm for a Zoom tasting of Spy Valley wines with winemaker Wendy Stucky.

The 1990s were a time of discovery and courage in Marlborough. Deep in the Waihopai Valley, Bryan and Jan Johnson had the audacity to establish 180 hectares of estate vineyards on land considered too hard, too dry, and too unfertile for wine.

It was a venture that started with a passion for the land. This pioneering spirit established one of New Zealand’s most successful family-run wineries, now exporting eight varietals to 35 countries.

Today, Spy Valley’s commitment remains to the land and to the people who tend it – simply farmers at heart, nurturing soil and vine to cultivate the complexities in their wine. And mindful that it’s their focus on sustainability which will ensure their guardianship of this land for generations to come.

They are considered a little clandestine, deep in their bewitching valley. Perhaps it comes with being named for their proximity to the spy base down the road, but they like a bit of mystery.

Perhaps it’s because they are always searching for the best of the best to produce exceptional wine. Perhaps it’s because managing eight varieties of grapes takes a great deal of knowing the land, the environment, and the climate.

The result is very special wines from a very special place.

Click here to join us for the tasting:

https://zoom.us/j/96931207796?pwd=c2Fhc3ZuajVJd0VYN21YMnVMWFhrdz09

Thursday's tasting will include the following wines in the order we will taste them.

2019 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc, $15.99

Enticing aromas of grapefruit, feijoa, bell pepper, and a hint of orange zest. Mouth filling and vibrant with flavours of citrus, green herbs, and tropical fruits. The mid palate is rich and textured while retaining fine acidity and elegance overall. The fruit will be at its most vibrant in the first 2 years but expect this vintage to retain its freshness until at least 2024. The richness and complexity will be more apparent as the wine ages

Purchase the Sauvignon Blanc here:

https://sunfishcellars.com/products/spyvalleysauvignonblanc2019

2018 Spy Valley E Series Sauvignon Blanc, $27.99

Handpicked fruit from a unique single block of riverside vines selected for their refined flavour and structure. A lingering experience of citrus flower, lemon zest, grapefruit, and white peach balance a complex Sauvignon Blanc with a long invigorating finish. A small portion fermented in French oak barrels for a smoother texture, more complexity, and heightened secondary aromas. A refined and complex Sauvignon Blanc that elevates cuisine.

Purchase the E Series Sauvignon Blanc here:

https://sunfishcellars.com/products/spyvalleyeblocksauvignonblanc2018

2016 Spy Valley Chardonnay, $19.99

Roasted nuts, fig, and white peach aromas. Crisp and bright, with a delicate clean finish. Peach, melon, and orange skin flavours along with the creamy mouthfeel and nutty notes from barrel ageing. Always a great candidate for cellaring, expect this wine to be at its best 3-7 years after harvest and confidently expect a rewarding drink until at least 2027.

Purchase the Chardonnay here:

https://sunfishcellars.com/products/spyvalleychardonnay2016

2015 Spy Valley Pinot Noir, $26.99

Aromas of vibrant red fruits, cocoa powder, and dried spice. Supple, long, and fruit focused with a finely grained tannin structure. Red berry flavours with a hint of toasty oak. A vintage with a supple but firm structure and the concentration necessary for cellaring well. This Pinot Noir should improve with time in bottle and be near its peak between 3-7 years after harvest.

Purchase the Pinot Noir here:

https://sunfishcellars.com/products/spyvalleypinotnoir2015

Purchase all four wines here:

https://sunfishcellars.com/products/winesfortheaugust13thzoomtasting

Remember, you can pick up the wines prior to the tasting with curbside pick up.

We hope you will join us Thursday at 6:30!




Join us Thursday, August 20th at 6:30pm for a Zoom Burgundy tasting with Allen Meadows of Burghound.com, which is the result of a nearly lifelong passion for the wines of Burgundy. For more than 30 years, Allen has been collecting the wines and visiting the region. Each year he spends over five months visiting, researching, tasting, exploring, and evaluating. Because Burgundy is so fiendishly complex, so frustratingly inconsistent, and maddeningly difficult to separate the real deal from the look-alike pretenders, he created his website (and has written an amazing book on the subject) to make understanding burgundy easier and help consumers with their purchases. I have known Allen for a long time and regard him as THE most important writer on Burgundy. I am very happy to introduce you to him and to hear his thoughts on these three wines and on Burgundy in general.

Click here to join us for the tasting:

https://zoom.us/j/98533091319?pwd=aE9MUWdEb0tDdmhXdkYyZzU4dTFmdz09

Thursday's tasting will include (we will taste them in this order):

2017 Latour-Giraud Meusault "Cuvee Charles Maxime", $69.99

Here too there is a whiff of petrol to the pretty aromas of acacia blossom, hazelnut, and essence of pear. On the palate there is also fine volume to the caressing and attractively textured medium-bodied flavors that possess good fat while exhibiting fine length on the balanced finale. Drink 2022+

Purchase the Meursault here:

https://sunfishcellars.com/products/latour-giraudmeursaultcuveecharlesmaxime2017

2012 Joseph Drouhin Vosne-Romanee, $49.99

A classic Vosne nose is redolent of a broad array of spice elements along with ripe red and black currant aromas. There is better vibrancy to the intensely mineral-driven and tautly muscular medium weight flavors that are very firmly structured on the impressively long finish. This is actually relatively robust and certainly more so than is usually the case with this wine.

Purchase the Vosne-Romanee here:

https://sunfishcellars.com/products/josephdrouhinvosne-romanee2017

2014 Bouchard Pere et Fils Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru "les Lavieres", $89.99

This too possesses enough wood and menthol to fight a bit with the more elegant and equally ripe dark berry liqueur, earth, and cassis aromas. The opulent, round, and very suave middle-weight flavors possess both good volume and solid mid-palate density before culminating in a relatively refined if slightly austere finish that offers very good depth as well as fine length. This is also going to require at least moderate patience. Drink 2022+

Purchase the Savigny-les-Beaune here:

https://sunfishcellars.com/products/bouchardperefilssavigny-les-beaune2015

Purchase the three wines here:

https://sunfishcellars.com/products/winesfortheaugust20thzoomtasting

Remember, you can pick up the wines prior to the tasting with curbside pick up.

We hope you will join us each Thursday at 6:30!




Do you miss having a glass of wines with friends and loved ones during these trying times? We understand (we miss seeing you in the store and restaurant), but we have a solution and it's so simple! All you have to do is pick some friends, pick a day and time, pick some wines, and we'll do the rest so you can have a private, in-home(s), properly socially distancing personal wine tasting for you and your friends.

It's so easy!

  1. Pick a day other than Thursday and a time.
  2. Pick three bottles of wine from our website: https://sunfishcellars.com/collections/wine-2 or give our wine director some guidelines and we will select the wines for you (minimum total $75 for the three bottles).
  3. Pick at least nine friends (or nine couples, or nine groups of any size)
  4. Email us at hoyt@sunfishcellars.com with the email address of each member of your group and the three wines you have selected.

Once it's set up, have each member of your group pick up their three bottles prior to the tasting and follow along with our wine director Hoyt as he tastes the wines in a systematic, professional manner. Learn about grape varieties you may not have tasted before, or about wine regions you may not be familiar with! And, most of all, have fun doing it!

We will create a Zoom conference and you can enjoy the tasting conducted by our wine director from the comfort of your home, while staying safe!

You can even pick up a cheese and olive platter or charcuterie platter to enjoy with the tasting:

Cheese and olive platter: https://sunfishcellars.com/products/catering-cheeseandoliveplatter

Charcuterie: https://sunfishcellars.com/products/columbuscharcuteriesampler