Sparkling wine differences on show

KAT DUGGAN
Last updated 11:23 07/02/2014
Bubbles
Derek Flynn

Tohu assistant winemaker Anna McCarty, Spy Valley marketing manager Nicola Clark, No1 Family Estate assistant winemaker Lee Dobson, Johanneshof Cellars co-owner and winemaker Edel Everling, Cloudy Bay Wines communication manager and Methode Marlborough group chair Stephanie McIntyre, Nautilus Estate marketing manager Katy Prescott and Daniel Le Brun winemaker Andy Petrie

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A taste of Marlborough's finest sparkling wines could win a 2014 Marlborough Wine & Food Festival goer $480 worth of glasses.

Seven members of sparkling wine group Methode Marlborough will be flying their flags and issuing people with "passports" and stamps when they try their sparkling wines.

When a person reachs six stamps out of seven, they will be placed in the draw to win a dozen Spiegelau sparkling wine glasses, worth $40 each.

The glasses would be etched with the Methode Traditionelle logo.

Group member and Nautilus Estate sales and marketing manager Katy Prescott said they wanted to educate people on why there was so much difference in quality and taste from wine to wine.

Its 10 members, Nautilus Estate, No1 Estate, Cloudy Bay, Tohu Wines, Johanneshof Cellars, Daniel Le Brun, Spy Valley, Hunters Marlborough, Summer House and Allan Scott Wines all had to produce methode traditionelle (traditional method) sparkling wines.

They must be made from only the three traditionally used grape varieties, pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier, either individually or as a blend.

"They're really good quality wines so the group was formed to celebrate and promote those wines.

"With the festival, bubbles are really popular, so it's an opportunity to explain that to the people who are trying the wines," Ms Prescott said. Methode Marlborough was formed in September last year as a way for Marlborough's sparkling wine producers to educate people and to promote their world-class wines.

They particularly wanted to talk to people about the difference in quality between sparkling wines.

Most of the group members would be flying the Methode Marlborough flag at the festival on Saturday.

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- The Marlborough Express

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