Margrain Vineyard La Michelle Methode Traditionnelle

February 2, 2012By Yvonne

Margrain Vineyard ‘La Michelle’ Methode Traditionnelle $38  66% pinot noir and 33% chardonnay is the blend in this ultra pretty, white gold hued sparkling. I love the aromas of malt biscuit, grilled peach and toasty breadcrust along with its tangy, minerality and lemony-rich, mouthfilling layers of flavour. A very sexy sparkling indeed. Margrain La Michelle Methode … 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

Classy new Glass

January 26, 2012By Yvonne

If you lamented the loss of the old style of champagne saucer, or ‘coupe’ then you’ll be pleased to know that its usurper, the ‘flute’, may also soon be turfed into untrendy territory. For umpteen years the coupe was rumoured to have been modelled on the breasts of a well known female French aristocrat and … Read More

Ash Ridge gets busy…

January 7, 2012By Yvonne

It is exactly one year since Ash Ridge Wines opened their tiny, tin shed cellar door on State Highway 50, ten minutes drive southeast of Hastings.  Offering a handful of wines, coffee, tea and good old gap-fillers like antipasto, cheese platters and lasagne, they’re perfectly poised to snare parched and peckish people speeding north from … Read More

Osawa Sustainable Dots Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2010

January 4, 2012By Yvonne

Sustainable Dots Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2010 $19  If you’re a fan of fabulous, well-priced gewürztraminer then this is for you!  It’s a beautiful example with lychee, rose and soft spices on the nose followed by clean, crisp, tangy tropical flavours in the mouth.  It’s a wine with fantastic lines and definitely leaves an impression.  More … Read More

Tresillian Single Vineyard Akaroa Chardonnay 2009

January 4, 2012By Yvonne

Tresillian Single Vineyard Akaroa Chardonnay 2009 $23  This is a superb Canterbury chardonnay chock-full of melon, mango and peach notes on the nose all followed by an explosively fresh burst of tropical and citrus flavours in the mouth.  Clean, long and linear, it’s a lovely drink indeed.  Buy from   Tresillian Single Vineyard Akaroa Chardonnay 

Rochdale Pear Cider

January 4, 2012By Yvonne

Rochdale Pear Cider 330ml ($15 x 4pk) A lovely, full-flavoured cider that bursts with tangy, pure pear character before finishing with refreshing acidity and excellent length of flavour.  Drink super-chilled with snapper slathered in spicy mango salsa.  For stockists in your area contact  

Kidnapper Cliffs Hawke’s Bay Pinotage 2010

January 4, 2012By Yvonne

Kidnapper Cliffs Hawke’s Bay Pinotage 2010 $45  One of the most sophisticated examples of pinotage on the NZ market, this wine oozes cranberry, redcurrant, rosehip tea and cherry cola aromas yet it has a spicy edge with savoury, dried herb flavours and is soundly built with solid tannins a warming mid-palate and lengthy persistence of … Read More

Church Road Reserve Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2010

January 4, 2012By Yvonne

Church Road Reserve Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2010 $40  I love the essence of orange oil, quince and wild flowers on the nose and the immediate burst of mandarin, apricot and soft spices in the mouth. Its lusciousness and mid-palate texture is absolutely divine and it’s a superb example of the style.  One glass is just … Read More

Shiraz with a bit of Sparkle…

January 4, 2012By Yvonne

If there’s one thing surer than death and taxes, it’s that by now you’re probably wondering what on earth to do with all that excess Christmas chocolate, the boxes of crystallised ginger that grandad keeps forgetting to take home with him, all the uneaten Round Wine’s or Krispie’s left in the Griffins Sampler tin and … Read More