NZME Regional Newspapers Column Saturday March 18 2017

Despite the semi-glamourous image that the wine industry has around its edges, winemakers are essentially farmers. They can only harvest their crop once a year, during a tiny window of optimum fruit ripeness (between March and May) in order to extract the best possible quality juice with which to make the best quality wine they […]

Canvas Column Sat 2 July 2016

Julia Child once said “I love to cook with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food”.  She also said “Every woman should own a blowtorch”. I miss Julia. Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Gewürztraminer 2015 $25 This organically produced wine is golden and glossy in the glass and absolutely heaves with heady spices, musky pot […]

Wine & Food Matching Lorkin Style…

Wine and food matching. The fact that it’s even a thing is the relatively recent result of American neo-prohibitionists in1970’s demanding that if alcoholic beverages were to be served anywhere, then suitable food needed to be provided. So canny restaurateurs clicked rather quickly that if you’re going to do it, do it well and put […]

Arriba Albarino

Arriba Albariño!! New Zealand’s breakout, white grape star Albariño, might have it’s historic home in the North West of Spain and Northern Portugal, but it’s also achieving degrees of distinction in the east coast gloriousness of Gisborne. Pronounced Al-Barr (roll your rrrs) – Een-Yo and first planted in the region back in 2009 albariño is […]

Wine Talk: Tropical, fruity wines

Published NZME Regional Papers Tue 12 April 2016   I’ve been spending a lot of time on vineyards around the country over the last few weeks.  Harvest is in full swing and it’s an intense time for anyone involved in the wine industry.  Winemakers and grape growers are glued to weather forecasting apps on their […]

Escape life’s demands

Published NZ Herald Sat April 9th 2016   You’ve spent the week working hard to be all things to all people.   Maintaining through the demands of family, friends, your workplace and those pesky SocMed platforms that’ll forget you in a click if you don’t ‘like’, ‘share’, ‘regram’, ‘retweet’ or ‘snap’ something every seven minutes. Good […]

Wine & Wilderpeople

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Tue 5 Apr 2016   I’ve just returned home from the local premier of Taika Waititi’s ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’.  It’s based on the Barry Crump story Wild Pork and Watercress and stars 13yr old Julian Dennison (he’s skux, look it up), Sam Neill (he’s crusty), Rima Te Wiata (my new […]

Appreciating creative powers

Published NZ Herald Sat 2 Apr 2016   How long is it until the next census?  In the box that asks to what religion I subscribe, I shall write “The Holy Brethren of Broad City and Caitlin Moran”.  These women appreciate the creative powers that tasty wines can impart on ones choreography skills; values that […]

Wine talk: Sweet wines

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Tue 29 Mar 2016   Life without the occasional sticky treat would be so boring.  Wines that are indulgently delicious, swoon-inducingly sweet, yet make all the cavities in your teeth scream bloody murder with every sip.  Bring it on!   Pegasus Bay Aria Late Picked Riesling 2014 750ml  $30 ★★★★★ Wow.  […]

Fifty Shades of Gris…

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Tue 29 Mar 2016   Back in the early 2000’s when I said goodbye to my loved ones, packed up my corkscrew and set out to seek my fortune in this wine writing caper, things were already on the turn.  There was change in the air, confusion and wonder.  The rules […]

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