Sommelier Sip with Jessica Altieri
Jessica Altieri Sommelier Sips New Zealand
Sommelier Jessica Altieri is letting the secret is out about Spy Valley Wines. Grab a bottle and you’ll know what we are talking about.You may be thinking to yourself why a winery would be called “Spy Valley” vineyards. Well that is because this Marlborough region winery is located very close to an international satellite communications monitoring station. One of the first grapes to ever been grown at Spy Valley was Chardonnay. Handpicked and whole pressed before a fermentation of 18 months, you will find notes of fresh peach and lemon with sweet vanilla.
Right down the road from Spy Valley is a perfect “Sip and Stay” vacation destination at Spy Valley and Lake Timara Lodge of New Zealand.
At Lake Timara Lodge of New Zealand, you can have it all from peace and serenity to fine wine tasting. You can spend your day taking a lovely stroll around the lake, woodlands, rose gardens and more with 600 acres of pasture to cover. Afterwards, you can you visit Spy Valley Winery is located just down the road! After a long day of enjoying New Zealand’s natural beauty, what better way to end it then with a wine tasting or an amazing meal at the lodge?
Where you find great wines, you are bound to find excellent food! Lake Timara Lodge chef and host Louis Schindler of Austria knows a lot about killer pairings and serves the finest cuisine to his guests. Expect plenty of seafood from lobster, scallops, mussels, oysters, salmon and other fresh fish from Marlborough Sounds as well as the best lamb, beef, and game that New Zealand has to offer paired with a Spy Valley wine. Louis creates each dish with ingredients and herbs from the lodge’s garden to complete the European and traditional taste of each meal. Once dinner is done, you don’t have to stop there! Thanks to Louis’ training and experience with Michelin restaurants in Europe, you definitely do not want to miss out on his exquisite desserts when you make a visit to Lake Timara Lodge!
Want to take a shot at whipping up a delicious New Zealand meal at home? One traditional meal that Louis suggests is a seafood dish of ceviche with kingfish and yellow fin tuna with Spy Valley’s Envoy Riesling to make for a great killer pairing! Want to try a killer pairing with another Spy Valley wine? Louis also suggests braised free range pork belly in aromatic broth with their Envoy Pinot Gris wine. Cheers!