Canvas Magazine Matches Saturday 29th May 2021

May 30, 2021By Yvonne

Drinks matches for Canvas Annabel L Sat 29th May 2021 Nutty cumin Dukkah Wow. wow and triple whammy wow. The Smith & Sheth Cru Heretaunga Syrah 2018 ($40) was chosen as one of just 12 wines to feature in the exclusive, Gimblett Gravels Vintage Selection for 2018 from a tonne of contenders. It’s ultra-elegant and … Read More

Yakutin Family Wines Matakana

May 28, 2021By Yvonne

From Kazakhstan with Love… Oleg Yakutin, owner of Yakutin Family Wines (a 1 hectare vineyard, marked by an ancient brick chimney on Matakana Road, Warkworth), is the first Kazakhstani winemaker in New Zealand. A corporate marketing career in a past life fed his love for fine food and wine, so when the time came for … Read More

Canvas Magazine Matches May 22 2021

May 26, 2021By Yvonne

Matches for Annabel May 23 2021 Canvas   Wild pork( or duck) rillettes Misty Cove Wines ‘Waihopai’ Limited Release Marlborough White Blend 2020 ($29) Well, I’ll be hogtied and hornswoggled and all sorts of other ‘h’ words — this blend of gewürztraminer, grüner veltliner, and riesling is what I’ve been searching for ALL year! This … Read More


October 9, 2020By Yvonne

Rhys Hall announced as 2020 Corteva NZ Young Viticulturist of the Year Congratulations to Rhys Hall who became the 2020 Corteva NZ Young Viticulturist of the Year on 8th October.  Hall was representing Marlborough and is Assistant Vineyard Manager at Indevin’s Bankhouse. Congratulations also to Sam Bain from Constellation Brands who came second and George … Read More

Yvonne Lorkin WineFriend podcast for Entrepreneurial Women With Purpose

June 30, 2020By Yvonne

I was fortunate to be invited to record a podcast with the dynamo that is Catherine van der Meulen for her organisation Entrepreneurial Women With Purpose.  We talked about the foundation of WineFriend and the things that drive our small business forward and also what gives me purpose and direction in my working life.  It … Read More

The Hedonist McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018

February 15, 2020By Yvonne

The Hedonist McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018 $30 I loved the 2016 vintage of this organically produced, biodynamically-grown wine, so I’ve been chomping and stomping to try the new release.  Made by winemakers Kimberly and James Cooter, this is a shiraz that is the opposite of those sweet, jammy, cheek-punchers on the supermarket shelves.  It’s the … Read More

Hawke’s Bay Regional Tasting Oct 2019

October 16, 2019By Yvonne

Presented by Amy Hopkinson-Styles of Halcyon Wines on 16th October 2019. Four chardonnay’s selected by the committee: Te Awanga Estate Quarter Acre Chardonnay 2017 $30 Aromas of cleansing stonefruit, lemon, pineapple, grilled grapefruit, solid acidity yet an underlying creamy macadamia-like mid-palate.  Very pretty and fine. Smith & Sheth CRU Mangatahi Chardonnay 2015 $40 Showing that … Read More

Church Road TOM release 2019

July 12, 2019By Yvonne

In a new move, the release of arguably one of New Zealand’s most aristocratic range of wines has taken on a new timeframe.  Church Road TOM is a tribute to Tom McDonald (1907-1987), a visionary winemaker who devoted his life to producing outstanding wines at Church Road Winery (formerly known as McWilliams Wines) in Hawke’s … Read More

Bayer Northern Young Viticulturist of the Year 2019 announced

June 10, 2019By Yvonne

Bayer Northern Young Viticulturist of the Year 2019 announced Congratulations to Pietro Aloisi from Ake Ake who became the Bayer Northern Young Viticulturist of the Year 2019 on Friday 7 June. Aloisi grew up in Italy but is now a New Zealand resident arriving here over seven years ago.  He has been working in the … Read More