New taste for the sav gurus

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Tue 29 December 2015   Sauvignon Blanc.  It’s the fuel that drives the engine room of our wine industry.  So it stands to reason that the home of the world’s first International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration should be Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine region.  That’s right, between Feb 1-3 2016, the movers […]

Trouble with the Santa list

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Tue 22 December 2015   Why do I do it every year?  My offspring, now in their teens, will supply me with a ‘Santa List’ on December 1st.  It’s the rules according to them.  I go through the lists and secretly cross off all the R18 X-Box games and DVD’s (sorry […]

Christmas chardonnay time

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Tue 15 Dec 2015   It’s about this time of year when people ask me what my predictions will be for what we’ll be drinking in the next twelve months.  I hate questions like that.  I’m about as good at seeing into the future as I am at singing “Our Love […]

3 syrah stars

Published NZ Herald Sat 12 Dec 2015   Four weeks ago the 24th Annual Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction collectively raised $141k for Cranford Hospice by auctioning off rare wine lots.  Mucho big bucks were dropped on syrah, a rising star from Bridge Pa…   Selaks Reserve HB Syrah 2013 $22 Sourced from the Selaks ‘Home’ […]

A triple treat

Published NZ Herald Sat 5 Dec 2015   Tween television appears obsessed with churning out programs featuring perfect-looking kids striving to become a ‘triple threat’, meaning they need to sing, dance and act better than anyone else in order to be a STAR.  In winemaking you need great ground, great fruit and great skills – […]

Dive into a boutique bottle

Published NZ Herald Sat 28 Nov 2015   Make this the weekend you step sideways from commercial brands and dive into something on the boutique side of the bed.  These will have you walking the stride of pride the next day…   Collaboration Aurulent Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013 $35 Hawke’s Bay-based winemaker Julianne (Julz) Brogden is […]

Summer scorcher calls for bubbles

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Tue 1 Dec 2015   I’m writing this column from the comfy new couches at an air-conditioned Napier airport on a day that the weather boffins have predicted will hit thirty-plus degrees. Updates on Facebook are flooding my feed with photos from the dashboards of friends’ cars with outside temperatures of […]

Wine with experimental grapes

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 28 Nov 2015   When Kim and Erica Crawford sold the Kim Crawford brand back in 2003, it was fair to say the New Zealand wine industry stood back, scratched it’s collective scalp and wondered what on earth these two vin-trepreneureal powerhouses would do next.  The silence stretched for years […]

A sense of place

Published NZ Herald Sat 21 Nov 2015   I like it when the name on a bottle gives me some kind of geographic indicator as to the origin or owner’s connection to the wine instead of those awful ghost brands from nowhereville that plague our supermarket shelves.  Here are three that shout their sense of […]

Wine Stories

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 21 Nov 2015   Homage Returns November 20th sees Trinity Hill release its flagship syrah, Homage 2013 ($120), the first Homage to be released since 2010.  Known now as one of the top red wines New Zealand’s ever produced, full-stop, (except I put a comma there) it comes out with […]

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