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My First Marlborough

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Recently a close friend and wine confidant of mine expressed to me that he only drank Sauvignon Blancs from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. I thought he was being closed minded, until tonight.

this is the front of the menu, etching on wood

I went to dinner at a new restaurant in San Francisco called Dobbs Ferry, after the small town in Westchester County. It’s owned and managed by a couple East Coast guys and the menu is reminiscent of somewhere I would dine in my home town, Rye. My friend (also hailing from Rye, NY) and I shared a white shrimp cocktail appetizer with tarragon dressing, hearts of palm and cucumbers. It was light and traditionally East Coast – seasoned with Old Bay. My friend ordered a large portion of the mussels and clams (literally the largest bowl of mussels and clams I have ever seen, and she ate ALL of it) and I had the Chicken Scarpariello – so delicious! The chicken was on the bone – which I usually don’t like for some reason that I can never explain – and so juicy and tender. It was served with roasted potatoes, hot peppers, sweet peppers and sausage. I loved it.

We decided to order a white wine since we were both getting lighter dishes. I saw the 2009 Drylands Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the wine list  for $36.00 and went for it. The wine had an intense nose with hints of passionfruit and lemon. The taste was very refreshing and finely textured with a succulent finish. We both loved it, and it complimented our meal quite well. I found it online for under $20 so I think I will buy a few bottles after my next paycheck.

About Kelsey

Kelsey is a food and wine lover residing in Napa, California, where she does marketing for a boutique wine collective. She previously lived in San Francisco for over six years, where her blogging journey began. She loves to cook seasonal meals and experiment with new wine pairings. She has been drinking and learning about wine with her father since she was 14, and cooking in the kitchen with her mother since she was 6. Both of her parents taught her well about seasoning and flavors, and she continues to learn more with every meal that is made.

2 responses »

  1. I wonder who that could have been..?
    Seriously though, I’ve never bought a bottle of Marlborough County Sav Blanc that I didn’t ENJOY (not just find drinkable). And that’s across all price points, I have a number of easy-drinking bottles under $15 that are always reliable. Since I’m not much of a whites guy, I don’t like to bet elsewhere in that department (unless someone else is buying). Glad you liked!

  2. Thanks, JR for the inspiration! I would love it if you sent me some of your under $15 Marlborough SB recommendations. I think I will be making a trip to K&L soon 🙂


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