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Corn and Zucchini Orzo Salad Recipe


By Food and Wine, July 2016

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Recipe by Kay Chun, Photo Credit: Con Poulos 

Food And Wine Magazine Pairing Mt Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc

"Corn-and-Zucchini Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese

F&W's Kay Chun takes pasta salad to a new level with sweet grilled corn, zucchini and a creamy lime dressing spiked with chile powder. She uses fresh cilantro to add brightness and then tops the whole salad with tangy slivers of fresh goat cheese.

Total Time: 45 minutes  |  Servings: 4 

How to make this recipe

  1. Light a grill or heat a grill pan. In a large bowl, toss the corn and zucchini with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderate heat until charred and crisp-tender, about 10 minutes for the zucchini and 15 minutes for the corn. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool. Cut 
the kernels off the corncobs and coarsely chop the zucchini. Transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the orzo until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Drain well and spread the orzo out on a baking sheet; pat dry with paper towels

  3. In a large bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the lime juice, shallot, chile powder and 1/2 cup of the cilantro; season with salt and pepper. Add the orzo, corn, zucchini and the remaining chopped cilantro and mix well. Transfer to a platter. Using a vegetable peeler, shave the frozen goat cheese all over the top and serve."

Suggested pairing: Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc

15.99 /  bottle    |     191.88 /  case 


Mt. Beautiful on Grape Radio

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GrapeRadio - Wine Talk Show, 2016 

"2016 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Southern Charm: the Pinots of New Zealand

This seminar from the 2016 World of Pinot Noir features the winemakers from five New Zealand estates discussing the topography, geography, and growing conditions in some of the different regions of New Zealand – Waipara Valley, Central Otago, North Canterbury, and Marlborough.

Listen to Sara Schneider of Sunset Magazine as she monitors this fascinating seminar, featuring the Pinots of Greystone (known as Grey’s Peak in the U.S.), Maori Point, Mt. Beautiful, Mt. Difficulty and Villa Maria. Mt. Beautiful!"

Hint: the segment on Mt. Beautiful starts at 32:30 minutes.


Two Gold Medals and One Silver!

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Los Angeles Int'l Wine Competition, 2016 

"For 77 years, the Los Angeles International Wine Competition has showcased the finest domestic and international vintages through a wine-tasting event that is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious in the United States. An esteemed panel of judges use a blind-tasting method, maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism that has remained the competition’s foundation for 77 years." 

We are pleased to share Mt. Beautiful Winery's results from the 2016 Los Angeles Wine Competition: 

Gold Medal, 91 Points - Best In Class 
2014 Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc 
2015 Mt. Beautiful Riesling

Silver Medal
2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir
2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Gris 


UC Music and Classics Move to Arts Centre

By Scoop Independent News Education, April 2016

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"Generous alumnus helps UC Music and Classics move to Arts Centre

The University of Canterbury has received a substantial donation to support the relocation of Music Performance and Classics programmes, along with the James Logie Memorial Collection of classical antiquities, to the Arts Centre in central Christchurch.

The old Chemistry building near the corner of Hereford Street and Rolleston Avenue is currently being transformed into a purpose-built space over four floors for the University of Canterbury (UC).

UC alumnus Professor David Teece and his wife, Leigh Teece, donated funds to support the refurbishment of the old Chemistry Building, part of which will house the James Logie Memorial Collection of classical antiquities.

A portion of the funds will be held in an endowment for the conservation of the Collection’s antiquities as well as the purchase of further pieces.

In recognition of the Teece family’s generous donation, UC Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr has confirmed the University will name the museum in their honour.

“The museum that houses the James Logie Memorial Collection of classical antiquities will be officially named the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities at the University of Canterbury,” Dr Carr says.

Based in Berkeley, California, Prof Teece studied economics at what is now the Arts Centre site when it was the University’s campus and he recognises the historic link between UC and central Christchurch.

“We are pleased to share in the University’s strong future and to help restore a treasured part of Christchurch. We especially look forward to seeing vibrant student life return to the central city’s artistic heart when Music Performance and Classics programmes return to the Arts Centre,” Prof Teece says.

“We are thrilled that soon more people will be able to view and appreciate the University’s James Logie Collection of Greek and Roman artefacts when it is on display at the UC Museum in the Arts Centre.”

The move to the Arts Centre also means there will be greater performance opportunities for UC Music students. As well as dedicated spaces for public recitals, larger concerts may be held in the nearby Great Hall.

Dr Carr explains that locating the University’s Music Performance and Classics programmes at the Arts Centre will lead to more effective engagement with Christchurch’s wider arts community.

“In particular, the Classics and Music departments will have an ideal environment for greater collaboration with the Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum, galleries, music centres, theatres, and other key parts of the Christchurch cultural and educational community.”

UC will start teaching Music Performance and Classics programmes at the Arts Centre in 2017.

The Teeces have also agreed to fund the restoration of the Townsend Telescope at the same site."

One of the Coolest Wine Labels of 2016

By Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, April 2016
2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir

Forbes contributor, Katie Kelly Bell selected our 2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir as having one of the coolest wine labels in 2016! Keeping reading to learn what makes all of Mt. Beautiful's wine labels unique. 

"The label features an original font created from the handwriting of Allan Teece, long deceased father of owner David Teece. When Allan served with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in WWII, he wrote letters home to his family. These letters inspired the label and ultimately a whole new font." - Katie Kelly Bell

SF Int'l Wine Competition


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SF Wine Competition, 2016

"The largest and most influential international wine competition in America, the San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC) has been setting the standard for professional wine judging since its debut in 1980. Now in its 36th year, the SFIWC maintains the highest level of integrity with a blind-tasting system performed by a highly experienced panel of internationally acclaimed wine experts.

A SFIWC medal has been established as a reliable indication of wine excellence, and wines recognized as medal-worthy by our judges are universally understood to be among the very best."

We are pleased to announce that our 2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir received a Silver Medal in the Pinot Noir class of this year's 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition!

25.99 /  bottle    |    311.88 /  case 


Blogger Grapefriend Loves Our Pinot Noir

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"Packed with pear, white peach and yellow apple, the explosion of fruit just seems to scream spring and bloom time.  Pretty much any you get from Oregon (the king of Pinot Gris making, in my opinion) will be good so you can just look for ones from the Wilamette Valley.  But, New Zealand makes some really nice ones as well, like this very pretty Mt. Beautiful (2014 Pinot Gris)"

Truculent Trout and Winsome Wines

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By Frederick Thurber | Published: February 16, 2016

New Zealand occupies a magical green place in my imagination, and I like to think I am there when sipping their wines.  There is a lot to like about New Zealand; I am especially interested in the rural, rustic environment of this other land down-under (I also appreciate the lack of venomous spiders, dodgy snakes, and saltwater crocs).  A friend of mine who fishes for New Zealand’s gigantic, truculent trout claims that the fish grow so large because of the rich, aquatic life in the Kiwi streams, which he attributes to the low pesticide use in this country.  I don’t know about that, but in general New Zealand seems much more careful with their environment than we are.  One example is the Mt Beautiful winery; they are certified sustainable.

The aptly-named Mt Beautiful Winery is one of my favorite wineries in New Zealand.   This winery is owned by David and Leigh Teece.  David Teece is a native Kiwi, a renowned professor of economics at Berkeley, and a highly-successful entrepreneur.  Mr Teece is also a promoter of US/New Zealand relations and the export of New Zealand goods to the US; in Mt Beautiful wines he has found a winery that has a definite niche here in the States.

While airfare to New Zealand is not in my budget at this time, the Mt. Beautiful wines definitely are.  They strike the right balance between quality and price.  Below are descriptions of two Mt Beautiful wines I recently tried.

2014 Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc.  $16.  I found this wine to have the classic grapefruit / spruce / grassy flavor that I have come to expect in New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.  However the grassy spruce scent was tamed quite a bit making this wine much more quaffable than so many of the other Kiwi versions of this grape such as Cloudy Bay (which I cannot drink).  There is just enough spruce to wake up the palate without being over powering.   Interestingly enough, I found this wine to be even better on day two after opening.   Right now I would consider this my top choice in this price range to pair with seafood.   Sure, you could spend $50 for an Arkenstone or Herb Lamb flagship Sauvignon Blanc, but I doubt you could do better than Mt Beautiful in the $16 range.

2014 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Gris. $19.  This wine caught me by surprise.  New Zealand is famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, so I was not expecting its Pinot Gris to be so good.  This wine featured delicious floral/fruit scents and right now is my favorite wine from New Zealand.  Interestingly it also had a bit of spritz; I am not sure if this was intentional or not, but it worked.  I tried this wine on some local wine professionals (while we watched the Super Bowl!), and they were intrigued, both for its flavor and exotic origin. Like all truly great wines, this wine was still wonderful on day two after opening.  This is an outstanding wine that deserves more recognition.

While we are on the topic of exports from New Zealand, you should be on the lookout for New Zealand honey.  I used to keep bees myself and am extremely skeptical about claims of organic honey, at least in North America.  I suspect that New Zealand is the only place in the world that exports truly organic honey.  Why?  Unlike the deplorable import controls in this country, New Zealand has vigorously prevented any bees or bee products from entering their country and have thus been spared the huge spectrum of hive disorders that have wrecked bee keeping in the USA.  So if you can find Kiwi honey, buy it!  [I cannot write about Kiwi honey without also noting that New Zealand’s most famous gentleman bee farmer was Sir Edmund Hillary who made the first ascent (along with Tensing Norgay) of Mt Everest.]

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Mt. Beautiful Pinot Gris, New Zealand. My absolute favorite flower scent is jasmine. and when I open a wine that sends wisps of jasmine out of a wine glass, I inhale more deeply. The scent of this white wine was welcoming to me, and the crisp flavors of pear, apple, honey and some lemony-citrus were perfect last unusually warm December when I first tasted this wine. This is a wine you want to start drinking now to hurry spring along. It's about $20 retail.

Mt. Beautiful's wines are certified sustainable and created in the up-and-coming North Canterbury appellation of New Zealand. The vineyards that were first planted in 2003 and the newly built winery are a "long-term project that focuses on the adoption of sustainable practices to preserve the landscape for generations to come."

Let's Talk Wine; Time to Head South


By JoAnn Actis-Grande

Posted Jan. 28, 2016 at 4:26 AM

I recently tasted through the portfolio of Mt. Beautiful wines. They are made in the Southern Hemisphere – where it happens to be summer right now!

The vineyards are located in North Canterbury, New Zealand, and the wines are as beautiful as their name.

New Zealand is a country that sits in the middle of the South Pacific, made up of two islands called the North Island and South Island. Both islands produce wine. The North Island is smaller and more populated than the South Island, which is filled with lakes, rivers, glaciers, mountains and volcanoes.

The country has 10 main wine regions. The cooler maritime climate conditions produce wines with very distinct characteristics. The Marlborough region basically put New Zealand on the map as a wine region with its renowned Sauvignon Blanc. White grape varietals dominate the landscapes, and the Rieslings are famous from Canterbury. New Zealand Pinot Noir is some of the best I have tasted.

The North Canterbury wine region can be found on the east coast on the South Island, not far from the Pacific Ocean. Mt. Beautiful wines are the expression of the wild, rugged and breathtakingly scenic region. Only seven miles from the Pacific Ocean, their benevolent namesake, Mt. Beautiful, protects the vineyards from harsh sea winds.

New Zealand native, Dr. David J. Teece, a well-known scholar, author, and entrepreneur, together with his wife Leigh, also accomplished, spent two years searching for the perfect place where they could pioneer an undiscovered region and fulfill their dream of bringing the best of New Zealand to the world. Today, the fruit of their mission is a selection of certified-sustainable, estate-grown, and distinctively restrained wines that let the pure terroir shine through. They also own a working sheep and beef farm surrounding their vineyards that is four times larger.

Mt. Beautiful wines are unique from most New Zealand wines by way of their location in up-and-coming North Canterbury, but they are also different in style. The wine style captures the essence of New Zealand while embracing a more restrained approach. Consulting winemaker Sam Weaver describes the winemaking style as clean wines with "drive" and length of flavor. They show abundant fruit, but “pull in the reins” to manage it with more balance. All of the wines carry the North Canterbury appellation and are 100 percent varietal.

The Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc exceeds expectations with floral aromas and tropical fruit flavors that sustain a smooth balance with each sip. The Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay are delicious, and the Pinot Noir offers violet aromas followed by vibrant berry fruit flavors.

Mt. Beautiful wines are affordable ($16 to $26), easy to drink and pair beautifully with seasonally fresh foods or opened for special occasions.

Look for them at your favorite wine retailer or shop online at


JoAnn Actis-Grande travels to many great wine regions all over the world writing about wine, travel, and curious lifestyles. She lives in Portsmouth and can be reached by email at Find more of her Let's Talk Wine columns online.


The Beautiful People - Caitlin Manning, Eastern US Sales Manager

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Our Eastern United States Sales Manager is Caitlin Manning.  She is originally a New England native but now enjoys living in the heart of New York City. Caitlin brings 19 years of wine industry experience to the Mt. Beautiful team and is familiar with all aspects of the industry. Before she switched to the supplier side; she was a Sales Rep for a boutique wine distributor and spent several years working in fine dining restaurants.  Here at Mt. Beautiful, she manages the sales of our wines in 15+ states and has rapidly increased the size of her territory since she came on board in March 2015.  We are so glad to have Caitlin as part of the Mt. Beautiful USA team.

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We wanted to give you a better idea of who Caitlin really is, so we asked her the following questions:

MB: Who would your ideal dinner party guests be?
Caitlin: Gwen Stefani, Leonardo DiCaprio and Elvis Presley- my dad’s idol! 

MB: What’s your favorite Mt. Beautiful wine?
Caitlin: 2013 Pinot Noir

MB: What’s your favorite food and wine pairing?
Caitlin: Sauvignon Blanc and a huge seafood tower loaded with shellfish

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MB: What is your favorite restaurant?
Caitlin: Locande Verde in Manhattan, Nobu in Malibu, and Cape Neddick Lobster Pound in Cape Neddick, Maine.

MB: What’s your favorite vacation destination?
Caitlin: The South of France

MB: What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Caitlin: Cooking, trying new restaurants in the city, winery visits, Soul Cycle and going to the beach with my daughters and husband. I also love fashion, so I'm a big shopper.

MB: What was your first paid job?
Caitlin: A bus girl at an Italian restaurant. 

MB: What is your favorite TV show?   
Caitlin: Six Feet Under is tied with Breaking Bad for my favorite show. My guilty pleasure- The Bachelor

MB: What’s your favorite color?
Caitlin: Green

MB: What do you never leave home without?
Caitlin: iPhone and business cards

MB: What is a fun fact about you?
Caitlin: Growing up in New Hampshire I was able to meet a lot of presidents since we have the first primary. My favorite was President Ronald Reagan.  I have also met the entire cast of Entourage. 

The Hunt for the Perfect Gift


This is a true story about a father searching for the perfect graduation gift for his daughter…

Hannah was studying Product Design Engineering at Strathclyde University (United Kingdom). She spent her third year studying in South Carolina. Shortly after her 21st birthday, her family flew to the United States to spend a short visit with her. During their stay, Hannah introduced her family to her favorite burger restaurant where they tried the recommended Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc… And they loved it! They returned to the burger restaurant on their last evening in South Carolina and the Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc was the first thing ordered.

Hannah’s graduation from Strathclyde was approaching and her parents thought that a case of Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc would be a perfect surprise graduation gift.  So, her father embarked on a search for Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc.  He spotted the wine on the website of a supplier of New Zealand wines in the UK. However, in the few days it took him to place his online order the wine had sold out. He then emailed Mt. Beautiful in New Zealand directly and they connected him with Genesis Wines in London. Genesis confirmed that they were able to supply him with the Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc within days—Just before Hannah's graduation!

 A few words from Hannah’s father…

“…Its an absolutely perfect present with which to reward Hannah for all her hard work and I could not be more grateful to both Mt. Beautiful and Genesis Wines for helping me make Hannah's day even more special - or beautiful even!”

The Mt. Beautiful team would like to congratulate Hannah on all of her hard work! Thank you to the Scott Family for sharing their heartwarming story.


The Beautiful Flowers in our Vineyards

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Here at Mt. Beautiful, we use sustainable farming methods. We grow flowers and other plants that attract beneficial insects in and around our grapevine rows. The beneficial insects prey on the insects that could potentially damage our vines and resulting grapes.  Additionally after these have flowered and served their purpose, the organic plant matter from these flowers and plants adds nutrients to our soil. This careful practice allows us to limit our use of insecticides and chemical fertilizers in our farming practices, and so trace amounts of these chemicals do not end up in our wines either.

To further break it down, We plant a mixture of Phacelia and Buckwheat in rows approximately 16m apart, as this is how far the insects will travel to the next flowers. That means we plant it every 8th row in our 2m rows (Pinot Noir) and every 6th row in our 2.4m rows (Pinot Gris, Riesling & Chardonnay). We plant oats and peas every fourth row in the Sauvignon Blanc for soil fertility and for organic matter.

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The idea behind the flowers is that they will attract beneficial insects into the vineyard that will attack the undesirable insects that cause rot or botrytis through their presence. We are letting nature do its thing, instead of spraying insecticides, which inevitably kills both good and bad insects.  The additional bonus of increasing the insect population is that it attracts birds, who also do their part by eating the insects. It’s a Beautiful circle of life!

Not only do our beneficial flowers deter pests, they also add some more beauty to our vineyards.

Drink Beautiful and be healthy!

The Beautiful People - Cori Gormley, Business Operations Manager US

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Cori is one of those people who does it all, and does it with a smile! We are so glad to have her as part of our team. She started with Mt. Beautiful USA in January of 2011.


Cori is a San Francisco Bay Area native and her diverse 25-year background in accounting includes work in the construction, healthcare, property management, and pharmaceutical industries. She also spent a few years as the assistant to the finance director at Marine World Africa USA (now Six Flags Discovery Kingdom). In the 10 years prior to joining Mt. Beautiful USA, Cori started and operated a number of businesses, including a paint-your-own pottery studio, a foil imprinting business, and a private bookkeeping service.


We wanted to give you a better idea of who Cori really is, so we asked her the following questions:

MB: Who would your ideal dinner party guests be?
Cori: Robin Williams, John F Kennedy, John Adams (distant relative) and my late Grandmother (because she’d keep them all on their toes)

MB: What’s your favorite Mt. Beautiful wine?  
Cori: Sauvignon Blanc

MB: What’s your favorite food and wine pairing?
Cori: Smoked Salmon and Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir

MB: What are a few of your favorite restaurants?
Cori: Slanted Door-SF, Bottega-Yountville, Carmines-NYC

MB: What’s your favorite vacation destination?
Cori: Anywhere with a great pool and an even greater cocktail selection

MB: What are your favorite things to do in your free time?  
Cori: Cook and watch movies in front of a fire

MB: What was your first paid job?
Cori: I grew up in my family’s restaurant business, so I worked as a banquet waitress for my dad from the time I was 12 years old.  My first non-family paid job was as a clerk for a florist in high school

MB: What are some of your favorite TV shows?  
Cori: Criminal Minds, American Horror Story, Master Chef Junior, House of Cards

MB: What’s your favorite Color?
Cori: Orange

MB: What things do you never leave home without?
Cori:  Sunglasses and cell phone

MB: What are some fun facts about you?
Cori: I have two amazing sons, 15 & 22, who I am VERY proud of, and husband of 27 years who somehow puts up with my controlling ways every day!  And I am a HUGE San Francisco Giants Fan!!

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Mt. Beautiful Doing its Bit for Women's Health

Here at Mt. Beautiful, we are pitching in to help support women with breast cancer. If you were to drive around our farm, you would see big rolls of pink-wrapped hay bales.

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The pink plastic-wrapped silage is in support of Sweet Louise, a foundation that supports women and families living with secondary breast cancer. The foundation receives a percentage of the cost of each roll of silage and hay wrap.

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Sweet Louise CEO, Fiona Hatton, said, "It looks great and it's a fun way for people to do their bit and support something really important."

Rural women suffering from breast cancer can be at a disadvantage, simply because of their location. "To get to and from their appointments can be really difficult and expensive and it's a hard-hitting reality . . . a life-changing diagnosis," said Ms. Hatton.

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Agpac, the company that started the initiative, imported 3000 kilometres of pink bale wrap into New Zealand. It all sold in less than a month and we purchased a bunch of it.

Agpac’s Financial controller Stewart Turner, is thrilled with the response from agricultural contractors. "It's been an overwhelming success. People got right behind it and it's all for a good cause. Wives, women, are an important part of the business. While the blokes tend to drive their tractors, the women are also driving, doing the books, keeping the guys fed." He described the act of writing a cheque as "too easy," so the company tossed around ideas they hoped would make a bigger impact.

The pink-wrapped bales are currently being used alongside existing bailing and silage products. The change in color makes no difference - it's the same agricultural product as everything else, only pink. And it helps people.

We are happy to be doing our small part to support women with breast cancer and those who love them. If you would like to join us in supporting the Sweet Louise Foundation, click here.

Helping is a Beautiful thing.

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