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Searching for food-friendly wines to match your culinary creations? Look no further than Marlborough. Located at the southern end of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, its wineries produce a multitude of ideal tablemates.

Renowned for its sauvignon blanc, Marlborough's take on the variety matches all non-sweet white meat and vegetable dishes, and packs enough punch to handle stronger flavours such as goat's cheese.

Marlborough's also well known for its seafood and local vintner Henri Bourgeois knows how to make a sauvignon blanc that's fantastic with oysters. Dry with a rich texture, Clos Henri 2010 Sauvignon Blanc is super food-friendly.

Chardonnay drinkers will not be disappointed when visiting Marlborough's cellar doors.

No one trick pony, the region also produces some great chardonnay. Vegetable dishes, chicken and seafood are obvious choices to pair with this variety. We suggest matching local seared scallops with Nautilus 2010 Chardonnay. Heavenly.

The region's Pinot Noir is typically soft and light, ideal with red meat dishes and even seafood too. Partner Cloudy Bay's 2009 Pinot Noir with New Zealand lamb for a dining experience to remember.

To find out more about tasting wines from along the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail go to www.classicwinetrail.co.nz