Villa Maria’s First Sip of Summer Tweet Up & Dessert Pairing #firstsipnz

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this wine free from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Villa Maria as part of their First
Sip of Summer Twitter Tasting. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.

Earlier this month I participated in Villa Maria’s First Sip of Summer Tweet Up (#firstsipnz)! I paired the wines with desserts for you.

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Here is the Villa Maria Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc:
Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc

This sparkling wine has strong tart, citrus and grapefruit notes. I would recommend pairing with mango sorbet. Here is a great looking recipe for mango sorbet with only 3 ingredients, although you could save a few hours by grabbing frozen mangoes.

We had an interesting conversation about using corks vs. screw tops for wine, and the effects this may have on the wine. The majority of tweeters preferred screw tops. Just when I finally learned how to open a sparkling without the cork destroying something nearby, the industry goes and shifts. Figures.

Here is the Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc:

Sauvignon Blanc

This wine was very similar to other New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with strong citrus and tropical fruit notes. I would pair this wine with citrus desserts with lots of lemon, such as lemon bars, panna cotta, or lemon cake. Try this recipe for panna cotta that has been made nearly 500 times or sample some of these 29 recipes for lemon cake.

Villa Maria Rosé Sunset
Lastly, we tried the Villa Maria Rosé, bursting with bold strawberry flavors. I asked how they were able to develop such bold flavor and winemaker Helen Morrison replied:
I love love loved this Rosé! The typical French Rosés I've tried have very subtle flavors, which is great for pairing with dinner or marinating chicken or lamb. I prefer a more fruit forward Rosé that doesn't need food to bring out the flavor.
For additional Rosé pairings, check out these 25 foods that go perfectly with a glass of Rosé.

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