Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Apr 23, 2010 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2008 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestCentral Otago, New Zealand$37-42 (coming soon) www.twopaddocks.comWow – Playhouse Wine Festival week. Busy times. And that’s putting it mildly. 1700 wines, 196 wineries, 14 countries, 63 events, 7 days. Plus 25,000 wine drinkers in attendance. Certifiably busy.And there is no busier place than the grand central hub of it all – the International Festival Tasting Room. For two days (trade) and three nights (public) this room lofty room at the VCC has seen more swirling, sipping and spitting than any other in Vancouver. It takes a few spins of the room to get your bearings. Theme regions, Argentina and New Zealand, have special consideration and critical mass clumping. There were many surprises – and many delights.One table that I had to keep circling to pounce on was Two Paddocks, from NZ’s Central Otago region. The buzz about this winery preceded its arrival at Playhouse. Sometime Hollywood actor Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) is the proprietor of this small family estate winery – and entirely dedicated to producing wines (primarily Pinot Noir, plus Riesling) that sing the praises of their region’s terroir. Sam was in attendance at the festival – graciously shaking hands, granting interviews and pouring, pouring, pouring. He had as many people gawking at him as tasting. There were two Pinot Noirs at the booth, and these – plus a Riesling – will soon be available for purchase in BC thanks to the amazing and astute team at New World Wines (www.newworldwines.ca). The top tier PN – Two Paddocks Central Otago – is a lovely cool climate PN.Silky and elegant, but pensively so – with dark cherry, floral, leather and wet earth notes in this light-medium bodied wine. In my lunatic tasting book: “rocky edge that will most certainly mellow with age.” And “heaps of character.” Fitting for an actor, no?Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean)New ZealandRed WineWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.