I’m super-proud to be the co-founder and CTO (Chief Tasting Officer) of WineFriend, the best personalised wine delivery service this side of the black stump. We help our customers navigate the vast number of wines out there in the marketplace then we match them to wines that unique and awesomely tasty. Read more about WineFriend

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Main Divide North Canterbury Gewürztraminer 2019

July 2, 2020

Main Divide North Canterbury Gewürztraminer 2019 $20.90 Paired with Sticky braised chicken with star anise, ginger and chilli in Issue 92 of dish Magazine The Main Divide North Canterbury Gewürztraminer 2019 ($20.90) is the knees of the bees with this spice-heavy, sticky-braised bird and you need to try it tout suite! Perfumed with lanolin, ginger, … Read More

Moana Park Gimblett Road Merlot Malbec 2018

July 2, 2020

Moana Park Gimblett Road Merlot Malbec 2018 $25 Paired with Vegetable Shepherds Pie in Issue 92 of dish Magazine Take the vegetable love a step further by sipping the certified vegan Moana Park Gimblett Road Merlot Malbec 2018 ($25) with this pie perfection. Fleshy, ripe and rolling with robust berry and spice flavours, this warming, … Read More

Bristol Farm Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

July 2, 2020

Bristol Farm Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $49 Paired with Rustic glazed meatloaf (lamb and pork) in Issue 92 of dish Magazine As Michelle of The Resistance in ‘Allo ‘Allo, would say “Leesen vary carefooly, ah weeel say zeez ernly wonce”.  The Bristol Farm Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 ($49)  has just the perfect smorgasbord … Read More

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2018

July 1, 2020

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2018 $24.95 Paul Dawick and Tim Preston are the crack team of talent behind Mills Reef, and merlot is their monster truck when it comes to wines that plough across your tastebuds and leave a deep, palate imprint.  Dark, inky, glossy and erupting with exotic 5spice notes, plum, cherry, … Read More

Famille Hugel Classic Alsace Pinot Gris 2017

June 30, 2020

Famille Hugel Classic Alsace Pinot Gris 2017 $42.99 Prior to 2017 this iconic Alsace producer (based in Riquewihr) was known as Hugel et Fils, however the Hugel family opted to start referring to their company as Famille Hugel, to acknowledge the incredible 13 generations of family winemaking since it was founded in 1639.  1639! Their … Read More

Domaine Joseph Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018

June 30, 2020

Domaine Joseph Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018 $44.99 If you never thought chardonnay could be soothing, cooling and chamomile-steeped, then treat your tonsils to this delicious example from Drouhin.  Pronounced ‘Dru-hahn’, this wine’s green-tinged acidity makes it minerally and mouthwatering and there’s a soft, creamy, leesy layer that brings it right back into a classic Chablis … Read More

Little Beauty Black Edition Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

June 30, 2020

Little Beauty Black Edition Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (UK & Europe only 27.50GPB) Exclusive in NZ to our WineFriends, the Little Beauty Black Edition is crafted by ex-Cloudy Bay winemaker Eveline Fraser and is sold only in the UK and Europe. The fruit is sourced from the McCree vineyard in the Waihopai Valley, drawing fruit … Read More

Scout Glasnevin Waipara Riesling 2019

June 30, 2020

Scout Glasnevin Waipara Riesling 2019 $30 Don’t let the ultra-soft, delicate, lemony aromatics fool you because as soon as this hits your palate it’s like biting into a spanky-fresh Braeburn apple with that twang of bitterness from the skin snaking across the juiciness in the mid-palate and a hit of honeysuckle reignites the varietal character.  … Read More

Petane Station Hau Hau Block Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2019

June 30, 2020

Petane Station Hau Hau Block Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2019 $30 For starters just try to peel your eyes away from the glorious golden-ness that pours into the glass in order to command your arm to actually raise it to your nose.  You’ll be hit by roast pear, caramelised, spiced apple and pecan pie perfume … Read More

Yvonne Lorkin WineFriend podcast for Entrepreneurial Women With Purpose

June 30, 2020

I was fortunate to be invited to record a podcast with the dynamo that is Catherine van der Meulen for her organisation Entrepreneurial Women With Purpose.  We talked about the foundation of WineFriend and the things that drive our small business forward and also what gives me purpose and direction in my working life.  It … Read More

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2019

June 30, 2020

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2019 $19.99 That so much pure, Hawke’s Bay syrah-ness is able to be crammed inside a bottle for just $20 just blows my mind. Yet in the hands of the team at Trinity Hill, any syrah grape can feel confident that it’ll be shepherded into the bottle with the best … Read More

Untitled Wines Pinot Petit 2019

June 30, 2020

Untitled Wines Pinot Petit 2019 $24.99 Lithe and funky, this pinot noir (plumped up with a splash of petit verdot) might be pale in the glass, but it’s intense on the chops. Sourced (in classic, crazy, ‘Untitled’ fashion) from vineyards located in Marlborough and Auckland, it’s a blend that, while unconventional, has really spun my … Read More

Thirsty Work is a television show that unearths some of the personalities behind New Zealand’s successful and innovative Wine and Beverage Industry. Broadcast on Food TV (SKY ch.9), Thirsty Work soaks up New Zealand’s beverage landscape.  Not just vineyards, but barrel halls, tank rooms, cellar doors, wine stores, supermarkets, breweries and backyard vignerons.

Missed Series 4 of Thirsty Work? Fret not, just  click  here to zoom directly to view on demand.