Sam Pillsbury Turns on New Zealand Wine -- Sort of

I watched the chef swirl and sniff as I opened the rest of the bottles. I had learned not to expect too much from resorts, and this was one of them. We have really nice relationships with some, but they tend to be too big, run by out-of-state corporations, and not know or care about local wines.... That's surprising because tourists want to try local wines, but it's easier for the food and beverage department to pick up the phone and order everything from one distributor. So the local pickin's can be slim.

This guy seemed different. He was young, wasn't jaded, seemed like he had a brain and a point of view...and a palate....

He sipped. He lit up. "Wow. I know just what to pair this with! What's next?"

See also: - Sam Pillsbury Spills on the Reason He Landed in Arizona, and Launches a Wine Column for Chow Bella