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MICHAEL COOPER’S BEST WINE BUYS

Today sees the announcement of wine writer Michael Cooper’s Best Wine Buys of the Year, with both the red and the white picks coming in at under $20.

Eradus Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 took out the crown for the best white and Michael says at $18.99 this weighty, rich and rounded wine is priced sharply.

The five star red, Thornbury Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2007, again offers unrivalled value for money.

“In major tastings featuring many Hawke’s Bay reds twice its price, this wine stands out for its richness and sheer class, yet you can buy it for under $20,” says Michael.

This year Michael reviewed 3033 New Zealand wines and rated them in this comprehensive guide, which is considered the bible for New Zealand wine lovers.

As well as information on the year’s two best buys and shortlisted wines, Michael includes detailed information on the 2009 vintage, gives clear and frank tasting notes and value-for-money ratings as well as when-to-drink recommendations.

This year’s book also features a special report on ‘The Wine Glut’ and looks at what oversupply of grapes means for the pockets of New Zealand wine drinkers.

Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines (Hodder Moa, $34.99 RRP) is on sale now.

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