Three to satisfy urges

February 20, 2016By Yvonne

Published NZ Herald Sat 20 Feb 2016   If you feel the urge to adopt an organic edge, embrace the ANZAC spirit or immerse yourself in something unusual from Italy, I think I’ve got just what you’re looking for this week…   Richmond Plains Nelson Pinot Noir 2014 $27.99 Don’t be expecting to see a neatly … Read More

Fancy an Italian? Read this first.

February 16, 2016By Yvonne

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Tue 16 Feb 2016   What’s up DOC, or was that DOCG? I think I might have VDT… More and more Italian wine is becoming available in New Zealand, and while it’s hardly rocket science figuring out how Italy (with its climatic blessings) manages to produce superlative wines year after year, … Read More

A trio to love

February 15, 2016By Yvonne

Published NZ Herald Sat 13 Feb 2016   So you’re gunning to get into the good-books with your valentine tomorrow.  You’ve bought flowers, heaping wads of the best chocolate you can find, you’ve even bought a snazzy card and poured your heart out to her with a handwritten message inside (remember handwriting?)  Complete the equation … Read More

Wine talk

February 9, 2016By Yvonne

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Tue 9 Feb 2016   Clos Marguerite Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $27 ★★★★½ For me, sauvignon blanc’s like this absolutely scream their sense of place.  From a mile away you can tell it’s from the Awatere Valley because of the gorgeous elderflower, lemon blossom, peach and lime perfume typical of the … Read More

Three soothing bottles

February 6, 2016By Yvonne

Published NZ Herald Sat 6 Feb 2016   If you’re finding you’re struggling to cope with the TPPA, the threat of ISIS, the shambolic weather this week and those ubiquitous, eye-stabbingly annoying ‘Be Like Bill’ posts on your Facebook timeline  – help is at hand.  You can thank me later.    Gemtree Bloodstone Shiraz 2013 … Read More

Tastes of summer

February 2, 2016By Yvonne

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Tue 2 Feb 2016   Hands up if you’re one of the 340-odd thousand people who viewed the clip on YouTube of Australian woman Cheryl Marshall, making her own sparkling wine from a 5ltr cask (or ‘goon bag’ as they say in OZ) of Berri ‘Fresh Dry White’ in her soda … Read More

Don’t slip into a rut

January 30, 2016By Yvonne

Published NZ Herald Sat 30 Jan 2016   Well that’s it then.  January’s over, the kids head back to school next week and routine will reign again.  But this is no time to get all normal when it comes to your wine however.  Push the boat out with these babies…   Champagne Lanson Black Label … Read More

Tropical tang for sipping

January 26, 2016By Yvonne

Published NZME Regional Papers Tue 26 Jan 2016   It’s a rare thing, (seeing as the modern New Zealand wine industry is still so very young in the bigger scheme of things) that anyone gets to sit down, taste wine and chat with a person whose been making wine at the same company for over … Read More

A white flight

January 23, 2016By Yvonne

Published NZ Herald Sat 23 Jan 2016   During these summer days it’s okay to be a bit of a white wine snob — but be warned, overchill and you’ll kill the aromas, dull the flavours and ruin everything.   Mahurangi River Estate Albarino 2015 $28 I’m really excited about Albarino and the potential it … Read More

Punch of a boxer in a ballgown

January 19, 2016By Yvonne

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Tue 19 Jan 2016   Love me tender?  Hardly… They say trying to buy houses is one of the most stressful things for any relationship.  I would go further and say that trying to buy a house via ‘tender’ is actually THE most stressful thing.  The sheer, bewildering, ambiguity of being … Read More