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NZ and England tie in sparkling match

Rivalry is always hot between New Zealand and England in the sporting arena, but competition stretched past the cricket pitch this week as the two nations vied for a different kind of glory.

In a tasty twist on the 'battle of the hemispheres' New Zealand sparkling wine and English sparkling wine went head-to-head before the Cricket World Cup game last night in a cricket-themed blind tasting.

After some rigorous judging lead by Oz Clarke and Jane Skilton MW, the ‘dream team’ of top 12 wines turned out to be a perfect split from England and New Zealand with each nation claiming six places each. English wine, Wyfold Brut 2010, was crowned “player of the match”. 

England-New Zealand clashes are some of the most exciting out there and Thursday's tasting did not disappoint according to Philip Gregan, New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive officer.

"As well as offering a unique wine event with a cricket theme for international media, the results from the tasting shows New Zealand and England both produce world-class sparkling wine,” Gregan said.

“The tie was a fitting result, but we hope the results will be a bit different in the Cricket World Cup game between the two nations!”

The event was a joint initiative between New Zealand Winegrowers, Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.

AB Mauri



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