Villa Maria Sparkling Cuvée Brut NV $20

Paired with Summer Corn and Avocado Salad with pesto by Annabel Langbein in the NZ Herald CANVAS magazine Sat December 10 2022.

Brand new from the Villa stable comes a lemon shortbread-scented sparkler made from chardonnay and pinot noir that’s smooth, nutty, ultra-creamy and perfect with the richness of the avocado and the zesto pesto. Using fruit sourced from Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay, it’s an attractive, easy, sip for any season. And oh joy! Oh jubilation! Thank Odin and the great eagles of the North that this bottle is sealed with a cork and not the sworn enemy of manicures the world over. The dreaded plastic zork.

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