We are members of the New Plymouth Wine Tasting Club. The club’s motto is “The best wine is the wine you like best!” The members have warmly welcomed us to New Plymouth at our monthly tastings and we have discovered and learned more about the wine regions of New Zealand and their talented and passionate wine makers.
I recently attended a tasting with Foxes Island Wines given by John Belsham. It was truly one of the best tastings I’ve ever been to. The memorable wines were served alongside John’s amazing presenting style. I can’t stop thinking about the luscious full bodied Foxes Pinot Noir, nor John’s interesting feedback on the New Zealand wine industry. I am always blown away when I go back home to New York and see NZ wines there that are less expensive in the US than they are in NZ and struggle to find interesting wines of great character here in our grocery stores. I need to start branching out more, and enjoying some lesser known brands.
It is a joy to me to surround myself with people that have similar interests. It’s one of the greatest things I learned by moving away from New York those many years ago. When you don’t know anyone in a new town, you just need to focus on the things you love and you will find good people. Either through my running club, women’s networks or our amazing wine club, I have met some warm, funny, fascinating new people and have had many memorable nights like this one.
Now off to find that Pinot.