Vinoptima Noble Gisborne Gewürztraminer 2007

Vinoptima Noble Gisborne Gewürztraminer 2007 $250 375ml  Could this wine be the most delectable thing ever?  (I think that’s the first and only time I’ve ever used the word ‘delectable’) Yes, it is an indulgence, and one of the most expensive things I’ve ever tasted, but its aromas of rose-caramel, toffee, candied mandarin and golden syrup […]


NEW LOVE ON THE BLOCK Years ago, when I was just starting out in this business, I remember attending a snazzy wine tasting event in Auckland.  I was desperately trying (and failing) to look professional while struggling to hold my laughably large handbag, my pen, my notebook, my dictaphone and my wine glass.  I was […]


If you’re planning to spend any time in a hotel on either of Blenheim’s main strip over the next few weeks then take it from me, you’ll need to pack a set of industrial-strength earplugs and renew your sleeping pill prescription.  Why?  Because it’s harvest time and every truck this side of the black stump […]

Pinot Favours the Brave…

I’m writing this column from the comfort of a cloth-covered trestle table upstairs in the Wellington Town Hall in what has been dubbed the “Media Centre”.  I’ve worked in loads of “media centres” around the traps in the past but this would take the cake for no-frills.  Although at least here there’s one of those […]

Rolling Riesling Day Feb 16th!

The 2013 Summer of Riesling kicks off this February and on the 16th, the , to celebrate the good folk at Black Estate, Pegasus Bay and Tongue n Groove Wines are hosting a , “Rolling Riesling Day” at C1 Espresso on the corner of Tuam and High St in Christchurch. Between 11am and 4pm they’ll be pouring […]

Wine Industry Heavy Hitters get their Cricket Bats Out…

PINOT NOIR AND CRICKET: A MATCH MADE IN WELLINGTON Wellington – make that New Zealand – will have never seen a cricket match quite like this… On Sunday 27 January, the day before the Pinot Noir 2013 conference opens in the capital, a team of touring English wine celebrities, captained by Jasper Morris MW*, will […]

Nelson on my mind…

I’ve just spent three days in stunning Nelson filming at Woollaston Estate and a bunch of boutique breweries for my show Thirsty Work.  Shane Munn and his team at Woollaston Estate produce a veritable smorgasbord of certified organic wines from their four-level, gravity fed winery in Mahana, and despite loving their floral sauvignon blanc, red-fruited, […]


“Oh that’s such a cruisy job – wanna swap?” is something I hear regularly when I meet someone new and they find out what I do for a living.  They must think it’s all just wine tasting day in day out, making a telly show and going to the occasional flash party.  They don’t see […]

Positive Chi For Your Tastebuds

One thing I’ve learned is to never drink wine whilst watching Embarrassing Bodies followed by Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.  There’s nothing like an unsightly pus-filled lump followed by another, well, slightly worse tempered, foul mouthed, pus-filled lump to put my palate up the Khyber.  For me, environment is everything. I’m no frilly hippy and I’m no […]

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