And this is why I needed a new camera

I swear I am not this bad at taking pictures. In fact, people used to frequently ask me to take pictures at various family events because my camera just took great photos. Then it died, about 2 weeks after I started Wannabe Wino. Stupidly, I guess, I just bought the newest model of that camera, thinking it would be great, just like the one I had. Sadly, no dice. So now I am the proud owner of a brand new Canon SD 1100. I hope that the pictures from it will be much crisper and cleaner than these images. For example, the terrible picture of a very tasty bottle of wine.

When home in CT over July 4th weekend, my dad and I went to Branford Wine and Spirits in Branford, CT to pick up some bottles for the long weekend. One of my first picks was the bottle of 2006 Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc. I believe it retailed for about $8, hails from New Zealand, clocked in at 13% alcohol by volume, and had a screw cap closure.

This bottle is one of those bargain New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs I love. The nose gave up gooseberries, limes, citrus, melon, and tropical fruit. I could smell the acidity and new it was going to be one I liked. And the nose followed through to the mouth! Grapefruit, lime, gooseberries! The wine was crisp, acidic, tart, and very refreshing. Definitely a great easy drinker for a hot summer day, and it was perfect for the picnic we were having on July 4.

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4 Responses

  1. Have you actually smelled a gooseberry in real life, or is that just the nice way to say “cat pee”?

  2. I’ve seen both Oyster Bay and Crossing Over on the shelf…after reading both reviews my toss up is settled! Thanks…I’ve been wanting to try a New Zealand wine.

  3. Dhonig-I had not until last year when I hunted and hunted and finally found a jar of gooseberry jam because I was tired of hearing about gooseberries in wine reviews and having no.idea. what a gooseberry was! And no, I don’t mean cat pee…two distinct smells imo.

    Boney-I’d take the Oyster over the Crossings, but I’d take the Drylands over both of these!

  4. [...] the 2005, also all purchased from Branford Wine & Spirits.  You can read my review of the 2006 here. We chose the 2007 Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc for the evening. It had a screw cap closure, clocked [...]

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