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May I paraphrase singer/songwriter Meatloaf's well-known refrain and say “five out of six ain't bad”, as this describes our ability to offer you wines to celebrate with your favourite America's Cup team.

Of course, I would like to include the determined group from Sweden but, sadly, we have nothing from their beautiful country.

If Oracle is your choice, then you have access to our largest selection, but only one winery has the registered right to label themselves The Official Wine for Sailors — Dry Creek Vineyard in Sonoma. All of their labels feature sailing craft and they have sponsored and supported many sailing events, even previous America's Cup challenges.

Earlier this week, I had a tasting/training session with folks that will be involved with Dry Creek wines shortly and we opened the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon that sells for $29.95. It represents everything that I love about Californian wine and it is absolutely delicious.

Wine Enthusiast magazine agrees: “This wine over-delivers a mouthful of juicy quality vis-à-vis price, combining cab with smaller dabs of petit verdot, malbec, merlot and cabernet franc.

Savoury blackberry and cassis lift the fruitiness, seasoned in savoury tones of black tea and cranberry that give it an edge. Fleshy and smooth, it's a good wine to stock up on. Editor's Choice. 91/100.”

Of course, it is a no-brainer to find a wine to support Groupama Team France, but let's contrast the ultimate in modern sail engineering with a wine from the birthplace of French vineyards some 2,600 years ago.

Mirabeau Pure Rosé 2015 is a wine made from some of the highest vineyards in the Côtes de Provence.

Very pale, delicate violet pink with a hint of salmon weaving through the colour spectrum. Strawberry notes appear first closely followed by raspberries and white cherries. Then, a merest whisper of that most elegant of fruits, rhubarb. The acidity is crisp and integrated and the generous fruit provides an element of texture that enables this wine to be drunk as an aperitif as well as with food. A pure expression of the very best from Provence and a perfect way to help you savour your most special moments. Like the Dry Creek, it also was rated 91/100, but this time by Robert Parker. $21.10.

Emirates Team New Zealand should love us for our support of their country's wine industry, so let us pick their oldest winery and enjoy Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Hawke's Bay.

Well-known wine critics of these wines give quite spectacular ratings: Raymond Chan, five stars; Sam Kim, 95/100 and Gary Walsh, 95/100. This is not for the weakhearted as 4 per cent semillon, 11 per cent sauvignon gris and barrel fermentation make it far more like a fine Bordeaux white. In fact, it has been compared with ones costing well over $100. Our price is $29.45.

Maybe you were wondering how to handle Softbank Team Japan? Even though sake is produced by a brewing process (more like beer) that converts starch to sugar, before fermenting into alcohol, it is referred to as rice wine.

We actually have 25 listings for sake and I would like to suggest Momokawa G JOY Genshu. This is actually a Junmai Ginjo Genshu, so let us expand on this for the uninitiated. Genshu means undiluted by water; Junmai tells us that the grains have been milled, or polished with at least 30 per cent of the outer layers removed (higher milling equals higher quality).

Lastly, the fact that distilled alcohol was added is described by the word Ginjo.

Please know that higher grades of sake like this one should be served chilled, just like a white wine. How about this for a description? Clear colour.

Aromas and flavours of vanilla toffee, bread pudding and dried apple with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, stimulating finish revealing notes of peppery spices, sweet potato, radish, and minerals. $25.90.

I find it interesting that good sake can reveal so many different flavours.

Fortunate indeed that England is now producing sparkling wines that hold their own with any in the world, so no worries for supporters of Land Rover BAR.

Ridgeview Bloomsbury Brut 2014 and Bloombury Cavendish Brut 2014 both sell for $52.25. Ridgeview is served at No 10 Downing Street and has also been offered at ‘the palace'. Cavendish is a traditional blend of pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay. Bloomsbury is dominated by chardonnay, but supported by some pinot noir and pinot meunier.

•This column is an advertorial for Burrows Lightbourn Ltd. E-mail or 295-0176. Burrows Lightbourn has stores in Hamilton (Front Street East, 295-1554), Paget (Harbour Road, 236-0355) and St George's (York Street, 297-0409). Visit

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Published May 26, 2017 at 9:00 am (Updated May 26, 2017 at 12:05 am)

The appropriate wine

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