It’s such excellent hosting when a wine of good quality is served when at a friend’s place for dinner. Especially if it’s inexpensive, which makes it more of a talking point. In this case, the wine was Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, from Marlborough in New Zealand (in my opinion, the best place in the world for growing this grape). It was harvested this year, 2009, and was 13%. Like 90% of the wines I encounter now, it was screwcap, with an elegant, Burgundy-shaped, sloping-shouldered bottle. It was fruity, mostly gooseberries, although not quite so sharp. There was liquorice and limes on the body, with a hint of cheddar on the nose. The finish was a satisfying, smooth and lengthy one. Pretty good stuff!