Waipara Valley + The Beginning

I’m not ashamed to admit that it took me a couple years past drinking age to really enjoy wine.

The turning point was when I was visiting my sister and she loaded me up on a concoction of Sauv Blanc and Sprite (okay, white wine spritzers) while having me help her clean out her closet. Despite being from Napa Valley, where huge, jammy, full-bodied wines, are par for the terroir, my first love was New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. It’s still my favorite wine on a warm California day.

While standing at a panoramic view point, surveying where the Waipara Valley meets the ocean, I couldn’t help but wish my sister was with me to share of glass- okay, bottle- of what I felt, for me, had started it all.