Virtually tasty: top New Zealand wines

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On September 21, wine guru Jancis Robinson tweeted about two top New Zealand wine producers on tour in the US and UK. Here is a list of top wines from the region that you might want to taste and wineries to visit.

"Lots of top NZ wine producers stopping off in London after their US tour. Trinity Hill yesterday. Ata Rangi & Neudorf today," tweeted Robinson.

Matthew Jukes, a respected wine writer and authority on wine, posted on his blog the 60 best New Zealand Wines of 2010, here are the top ten:

2008 The Wingwalker Viognier, Alpha Domus, Hawke's Bay £13.99/€16.50
2008 The Pilot Chardonnay, Alpha Domus, Hawke's Bay £10.99/€13
2009 Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough £14.99/€18
2007 Astrolabe Pinot Noir, Marlborough  £16.99/€20
2008 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir, Martinborough  £37.99/€45
2009 Headwaters Organic Block Sauvignon Blanc, Babich Family Estate, Marlborough £9.49/€11
2009 Blind River Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough  £11.99/€14
2008 Crown and Cross Pinot Noir, Carrick, Central Otago  £17.95/€21
2007 Cloudy Bay Chardonnay Marlborough 2007 £19.99/€23.50
2009 Late Harvest Riesling, Coopers Creek, Marlborough NZ $23/€12.75

And, the travel guide site Fodor's highlights New Zealand's 15 top wineries by region including Herzog, Te Mata Estate and Pegasus Bay. For details on all of the wineries, go to:

To see Jukes' complete top 60 list, visit: