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

Three ways to ease the speed of summer

January 19, 2016By Yvonne

Published NZ Herald Sat 16 Jan 2016   What?  How did it suddenly become the middle of January already?  To ease the shock I suggest reaching for some tastebud-distracting deliciousness that’ll send you back to September in seconds flat.   Mansfield & Marsh Methode Traditionnelle Sparkling Wine NV $14.95 This is my new favourite bargain bubbly.  … Read More

Spicy reds are drops to savour

January 12, 2016By Yvonne

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Tue 12 Jan 2016   By now so many of you will be back at work, watching the clock and making little sculptures out of blu-tac at your desk. You’ll be shuffling paper, sticking PostIt notes to things and walking purposefully from your desk to the staff loos every 30 minutes … Read More

Three decadent dessert wines

January 9, 2016By Yvonne

Published NZ Herald Sat 9 Jan 2016   Just when you’re thinking about hauling your carcass into some active wear and going for a jog, wait, shuffle around the block; you see a wine column singing the praises of those luxuriously decadent dessert wines you love so much.  Curses…   Johanneshof Noble Late Harvest Marlborough … Read More

New style, plenty of substance

January 5, 2016By Yvonne

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Tue 5 Jan 2016   Bubbles causes a real raquet… For the next fortnight, fans of backhands, forehands, faults and aces, loves, deuces, advantages, serves, volley’s, outs and on-court tantrums will be going bats and balls over the ASB Classic in Auckland.  Usuallly tennis is the domain of pimms and cucumber … Read More