This past weekend I was lucky to be invited to an incredible fall harvest brunch, where the main focus was on Nobilo New Zealand 2014 Sauvignon Blanc! The hosts were two of my good friends Mike (aka @omgchampagne) and Jeff (aka @omgclassic), who are making their way on the wine scene themselves, specializing in all bubbly beverages.
Leave it to my friends to go all out on a theme. Harvest brunch was epitomized with the beautiful decor and foliage all around. In their small backyard oasis in downtown Toronto, they transported us to a farm friendly atmosphere complete with bails of hay, maze, pumpkins, gourds, mums and even a scarecrow. It ended up being a beautiful day, but there was still a chill in the air. Our hosts were kind enough to supply a basket of cozy blankets should we find ourselves in need of one. The decor was both tasteful and elegant, giving the perfect balance of sophistication and fun for a wine filled brunch.
Oyster Boy was a big sponsor of the brunch as well, providing a box filled to the brim with the underwater delights. As a vegetarian, I personally stay away from these myself, however many of the guests really enjoyed them. I got a quick lesson on how to shuck an oyster, which I thought was pretty cool! Aside from the oysters, our hosts put out a whole spread of food including: pumpkin risotto (omg was this good), mini quiches, prosciutto, and a apple and pear french toast brought by yours truly (recipe: http://www.twokooksinthekitchen.com/make-ahead-baked-apple-pear-french-toast/). For dessert, homemade Tiramisu. The food was delicious and it all seemed to pair so nicely with the wine.
Nobilo 2014 Sauvignon Blanc originates from Marlborough, New Zealand and has an alcohol content of 12.5%. It was a very fresh and crisp wine that had some fruity undertones to it. As I have gotten older and my wine pallet has become a bit more sophisticated, I find myself moving away from white wines as some of them tend to be far too sweet. Much to my delight, this wine was more on the dry side and had a fantastic finish to it. This is definitely a wine that will satisfy many white wine (and even red wine) drinkers. Mandi and Tasha were also present at the brunch from the iYellow Wine Club and they helped to facility the event. Their warm and inviting nature paired with their incredible wine expertise rounded out the whole brunch experience nicely. They were even kind enough to show me how to saber the top off a bottle of sparkling wine, which needless to say was extremely fun! I would 100% recommend this wine to any white wine drinker (and even to those who prefer reds since it is not overly sweet) and I will be definitely be purchasing this myself. Speaking of purchasing, this wine is very accessible and can be found at the LCBO for $16.95CND
So cheers to Nobilo 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, iYellow Wine club and of course our incredible hosts Jeff & Mike and please drink responsibly!
For more information on Nobilo wines please visit http://www.nobilowines.com/