Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

February 17, 2016By Yvonne

Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $19 ★★★★½ You won’t be disappointed with this crunchy, clean, passionfruit-packed sauvignon, in fact the minute you try it you’ll probably want to race down to the supermarket to grab a second bottle.  Signature grassy notes, capsicum zingy juicy white nectarine, white pepper complexity and juicy length of flavour, make this … Read More

Two Paddocks Central Otago Riesling 2014

January 19, 2016By Yvonne

Two Paddocks Central Otago Riesling 2014 $32 ★★★★½ How winemaker Dean Shaw manages to stuff the equivalent of an entire citrus orchard into a 750ml bottle is beyond me, but if you’re a fan of anything resembling a crunchy-crisp, lime and apple smash up, that also manages to be stylish and elegantly put together, then … Read More

Kina Cliffs Nelson Pinot Noir 2013

January 19, 2016By Yvonne

Kina Cliffs Nelson Pinot Noir 2013 $30 ★★★★ The instant I stuck my nose inside the glass, I was met with a whoomph of cherry-chocolate, smoked coconut, dried herb and peppery plushness.  It’s been sixteen years since Julie and Alistair Ashcroft purchased their 4.5 hectare block overlooking Tasman Bay and twelve years since the vines … Read More

Theory & Practice Gisborne Chardonnay 2014

January 5, 2016By Yvonne

Theory & Practice Gisborne Chardonnay 2014 $19.95 ★★★★ Crafted by Ant McKenzie, (wine consultant to the stars) and his viticulturist brother Bryce, this is a cracker of a chardonnay that’s jam-packed with juicy tropical fruit and grilled citrus notes alongside caramelised, toasty characters and edged with creamy, custard square pastry-like notes.  Fresh and tangy.  To … Read More

Goodwill & great wine at auction

December 8, 2015By Yvonne

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Tue 8 Dec 2015   Back on November 14th the Hawke’s Bay wine community achieved something rather incredible.  They sold a record $141,000.00 worth of wine and gave every cent to Cranford Hospice in Hastings at the 24th Annual Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction. Cranford is one of the leading palliative care … Read More

A Tasty Trifecta for under $20

August 1, 2015By Yvonne

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 1 Aug 2015   It’s about that time of year when couples the length and breadth of the country start to freak out because their spring wedding is just around the corner and they still haven’t organised the drinks for the reception!  If your budget happens to be on the … Read More

Don’t ignore 2012’s from Hawke’s Bay

October 15, 2014By Yvonne

An email arrived halfway through January from Michael Henley, CEO of Trinity Hill Wines. “Trinity Hill are releasing our 2012 Gimblett Gravels wines and I was wondering if you would be interested in receiving some samples?”  “Save your samples”, I wrote back, “I’m actually in Hawke’s Bay right now and I’m happy to pop over … Read More

Chefs Create ‘Zealous Passion’Tribute to Noel Crawford

July 22, 2014By Yvonne

MEDIA RELEASE                                                     NZ Top chefs join for top dinner Avid foodies will have to be quick to get tickets as some of New Zealand’s best chefs create a four-course dinner on 30th August 2014 in celebration of their friend and colleague the late Noel Crawford.  But that’s not all.  Their purchase will raise funds … Read More

Boost your wine know-how on a Budget

July 16, 2014By Yvonne

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked “How can I get better at tasting wine and deciding what styles I like?” This one is easy to answer.  You’ve got to practise.  Taste anything and everything you’re exposed to and soon grasshopper, it will all become clear which types of wines will … Read More

Sauternes 2001 Library Tasting

July 10, 2014By Yvonne

Library Tasting of 2001 Sauternes Here’s your chance to be one of the privileged few to taste 12 of the greatest sweet wines (including Ch. D’Yquem) from “Perhaps the greatest Sauternes vintage in modern times” according to Jancis Robinson MW. Held in Wellington, at the Tasting Room at Regional Wines & Spirits at 6pm, Thursday … Read More