The George Top 3 Wines for Summer

The Top 3 Wines for Summer from The George

As the nippy spring mornings begin to subside and make way for balmier days, we know it is time to revisit our wine list with crispness and curiosity in mind. The wine list at 50-Bistro is something we take great care to refresh with each change of season—and the summer of 2022 is no different.  While there is always a wine for every diner and every dish, we are particularly excited about these three wines for summer. Each has been researched, sampled and highly recommended by Keith Larson, Certified Sommelier and Certified Italian Wine Specialist.
Rippon Gewurztraminer

If you adore an aromatic white like a Viognier, you cannot go past the Rippon Gewurztraminer. Produced on the picturesque shores of Lake Wanaka in Central Otago, this 2019 vintage showcases crisp acids and a surprisingly light palate weight. The nose and palate are classic gewurz- ripe lychee and orange peel with a dose of spices as a finish. The 7g/L residual sugar is just enough to keep it dry, but also with a subtle hint of sweetness. The Rippon Gewurztraminer pairs beautifully with the duck liver parfait or the Canterbury fish with its flavoursome Asian sauce and lemon. Caught on a long-line and prepared using the humane Japanese Ike Jime method, all our fish is premium quality with superior taste and texture. The Rippon Gewurztraminer will emphasise these elements and elevate your dining experience at The George.


Canterbury Fish
Rippon Gewurztraminer
Dumangin Rose Champagne, NV

A summer wine list would be far from complete without at least one divine champagne. The Dumangin Rose Champagne hails from Chigny-les-Roses, a village in the Montagne de Reims long known for its elegant Pinot Noir. Fruit forward and dry on the finish, this superior sparkling is crafted predominantly from chardonnay and pinot noir. The Dumangin Rose Champagne is uplifting and invigorating; the perfect drop for a long summer Sunday lunch. An elegant and alluring accompaniment to our popular beetroot-cured salmon with mirin pickled cucumber ribbons, freeze-dried mandarin and crème fraiche. Caught just over the hill in beautiful Akaroa Harbour, our salmon sea-run king salmon. Richer in flavour than a freshwater salmon, the taste is really something special. And the Dumangin Rose Champagne will allow this dish to shine.

Beetroot Cured Salmon
Dumangin Campagne

Schubert Marian’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

A refreshing Pinot Noir is best enjoyed in summer, and this Pinot Noir is simply sophistication in a glass. And after 18 months in 35% new French oak, proprietor Kai Schubert’s gregarious personality bursts forth in this single block wine named for his wife. This highly acclaimed Wairarapa wine sees violets and dark rose petals mark the nose, followed by hints of vanilla bean and black plum. Indulge in a glass or two alongside the tamarind-braised pork belly with apple and fennel slaw, parsnip puree and wholegrain vinaigrette… After all, nothing pairs more effortlessly than pork and Pinot!

Tamarind Pork Belly
Schubert Pinot Noir


To sample all these wines and top-quality dishes, stay with us at our Christchurch luxury accommodation - The George. If you are a local resident, we would love to host you at 50-Bistro for lunch or dinner. We are open until 9.30pm, seven days a week, and reservations can be made on our website.


I’ve lusted after this wine since a succession of ripe vintages a few years back and was delighted to bring it to The George” – Keith Larsen on the Rippon Gewurztraminer


Posted by Georgina Torrington on December 21, 2022