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Mon Dec-16 Arrive Auckland, lunch Cin Cin, Ascott Metropolis
We took a car from the airport to our hotel, and after checking in and freshening up, we walked down to Cin Cin at 99 Quay Street for Lunch. We enjoyed a 1998 TOM, from www.montanawines.com, named for Tom MacDonald, who is credited with starting the red wine business in New Zealand in the 20th century. The grapes listed on the label (merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc) suggested Pomerol, but the acidic tightness of the wine reminded us more of Italy, with pronounced grassy notes reminiscent of the few New Zealand sauvignon blanc wines we have tasted.

We ate room service at our hotel and played a three-handed game of Peachfuzz, and Ben took photos as night descended of the green and red lights illuminating the Sky Tower -- at 1076 feet high the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere.

Rooms for 3 nights:
Ascott Metropolis Hotel
No 1, Courthouse Lane
Auckland
Ph: 64-9-300-8800
Fax: 64-9-300-8899
http://www.the-ascott.com

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