John Buck Inducted into Wine Hall of Fame

April 26, 2012By Yvonne

Kiwi wine pioneer honoured… Chairman of Te Mata Estate Winery, John Buck, OBE was honoured as the latest inductee to the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame at a glittering black tie dinner celebrating the 2012 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards in Auckland last week.  About time too.  Where New Zealand wine would (or wouldn’t) … Read More

Auburn Affair…

March 20, 2012By Yvonne

I love the first line on the Auburn Wines website “We grow Riesling. We craft Riesling. We love Riesling. A lot.” A. Because it intrinsically explains why they chose to become New Zealand’s only riesling-exclusive winery, and B. They used the words “A lot” instead of the words “Bigtime”, “Totally” or “Fully” which they easily … Read More

An Escarpment Escapade…

March 20, 2012By Yvonne

One of my biggest fears when I first started judging at wine shows was that I’d have to sit next to a famous wine person and be expected to converse in a clever and intellectual manner.  So when Larry McKenna himself sidled up as I stood at the bain marie attempting to grab a greasy … Read More

Mediterranean Mecca

March 7, 2012By Yvonne

Mediterranean Mecca  view pdf of newspaper column… Nestled amongst panel beaters, plumbing firms and various other trade-oriented whatnot down the industrialised end of Tuam Street in Christchurch is a veritable oasis for anyone yearning for a Mediterranean wine and food fix.    The wine shelves at Mediterranean Foods are almost back to their bulging best following … Read More

Methode Acting…

February 27, 2012By Yvonne

For Richard Riddiford of Martinborough’s Palliser Estate “there are some occasions where only bubbles will do” and I agree with him wholeheartedly.  Over the last twelve months I’ve immersed myself in surfeit of sensational New Zealand sauvignon blanc at the Wine Marlborough Weekend, tantalised my tastebuds with lashings of luscious, lime-laden rieslings at the Summer … Read More

Be a Herzog Winemaker for a Day April 2012

February 20, 2012By Yvonne

Kemp Rare Wines presents Herzog Winemaker For A Day – Harvest 2012 Come join Hans & Therese in their beautiful vineyard and get dirty for a weekend vintage stint! Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th April 2012 DAY 1 – Saturday. Early morning session from 8am – Vineyard & Winery  Harvest is on – get a … Read More

A Summer Riesling Riot…

February 3, 2012By Yvonne

  view pdf of newspaper article… “Are you going to ask me about politics and religion?” asks goatee-bearded New York-based bar owner, riesling aficionado and founder of the ‘Summer of Riesling’ concept Paul Grieco.  God no, I thought.  Having just sipped and spat my way through 67 rieslings from around the country at Tipapa Homestead … Read More

Hens, Chickens and Frost…

February 3, 2012By Yvonne

You’d expect at the end of January things out there in winery land would be all go.  With harvest just weeks away surely there’d be no end of things to do; tanks to clean, barrels to wash, equipment to sterilise and loads of general endeavour by everyone concerned.  So on a sneaky little trip to … Read More

Pinot Noir 2013 is Good to Go!

February 3, 2012By Yvonne

In a year’s time the Wellington waterfront will be awash with New Zealand’s best Pinot Noirs, the world’s leading wine media and wine lovers and traders, makers and viticulturists. It is Pinot Noir NZ 2013 – New Zealand’s premier wine event. It starts 28th of January and wraps up on the 31st. This is the fourth … Read More

Dramfest Is On!

February 1, 2012By Yvonne

Dramfest ‘12 brings wealth of whisky to Christchurch and if you’ve got tickets from last year’s event which was scuppered by the earthquake fret not – they’re still valid! This popular biennial event, organised by Michael Fraser Milne of Christchurch whisky specialist store, Whisky Galore, takes place in Christchurch from 24-26 February 2012. The expo … Read More