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Brancott Estate Toasts Summer in Style at Grand Governors Island Affair

Brancott Estate Toasts Summer in Style at Grand Governors Island Affair

This week Brancott Estate elevated the summer party with a delightful soiree on Governors Island.

The wine tasting event was simply divine on Wednesday as guests gathered over spectacular views to experience the incredible portfolio.

At Island Oyster ground-breaking sommelier expert Derrick C. Westbrook brought a unique twist to the event with his music pairings as samplings of half-shells were enjoyed along with the exquisite Brancott Estate Sunny Side Up cocktail with Sauvignon Blanc, vodka, lemon juice, passionfruit liquor and mint sprig.

The cool breezes at the outdoor venue were as refreshing as the Brancott Estate sips. As the afternoon sky took on beautiful hues over the cityscape the early dinner took place.

During the seafood appetizer spread of ceviche, shrimp and Oysters Champagne, Brancott Estate Flight Song was sampled. The full-flavored wine is 20% lighter in calories, but certainly not lacking any points on taste. This lively wine opens with bursts of lime and gooseberry on the nose, and the citrus flavors carry through to the palate, joined by tropical and passion fruit notes.

A main course of Lobster Rolls made of Maine Lobster with herbs, fennel, lemon, dulse emulsion and pickled cucumber was perfectly matched with the Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020. This zesty and vibrant wine jumps from the glass, with highlights of pink grapefruit, citrus, and green capsicum. Passionfruit, grapefruit, and fresh citrus ignited the senses and brought grand sweetness and a lovely sensation to the dish.

For dessert, guests cooled off with ice cream as they took in the bountiful beauty of the Marlborough “B” Sauvignon Blanc 2019. Everything about this selection is sophisticated and a perfect way to top off a night this season. Named in honor of iconic vineyards, Letter Series wines are hand-crafted from grapes of the highest quality.  Simply not enough positive words can be spoken about this wine. The richly textured palate features bell pepper and fresh citrus with an underlying herbaceous character and minerality, all bound by a crisp acidity that leads to a lingering finish.

Wines in the Brancott Estate range are considered the benchmark of New Zealand varietal wine making and have an international reputation for quality and consistency. Each wine is crafted in a style that epitomizes the unique character and flavor of the growing region.

There was simply no better way to celebrate summer. From New Zealand to New York City, here is a toast to making the best of your days this season.


ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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