Kidnapper Cliffs Cabernet Scoops 5 Nations Trophy

September 21, 2011By Yvonne

A partnership between prestigious Martinborough producer Dry River and pioneering Gimblett Gravels winery Te Awa in Hawke’s Bay, has beaten an esteemed field from South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Chile and New Zealand to take the hotly contested Five Nations Challenge Red Wine of the Show Trophy.    The Kidnapper Cliffs Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 ($55) was … Read More

September 3 2011 Alpha Domus Aviator Reaches New Heights

September 7, 2011By Yvonne

“Having our winery right in the middle of the vineyard is the best thing for me as a winemaker” says Kate Galloway of Hawke’s Bay’s Alpha Domus wines.  “I love being able to walk outside directly into any of our vineyard blocks to check on how the fruit is tasting. I definitely think this is … Read More

NZ International Wine Show 2011

August 16, 2011By Yvonne

Righto…8.44am and I’m about to head into the second day of judging at the NZIWS at North Harbour Stadium.  80 Pinot Noir and 60 Shiraz await my team – Jane Skilton MW, Michael Ivecevich and Damian Fisher.  Sorry teeth, but it’s gonna be a big one.

Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010

July 24, 2011By Yvonne

Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010 $25  A lip-smackingly lovely sauvignon which oozes fresh passionfruit, lemon verbena, passionfruit, grass clippings and fresh basil aromas and tangy, tropical, old-school ‘Jungle Juice’ flavours which make it a fantastic match with steamed mussels slathered in garlic and parsley cream.  For more info visit    

Food Matching Mistakes and Space Age Wines

July 22, 2011By Yvonne

When it comes to food and wine matching, my less-than-lithe figure can testify to years of experience, happily most of it good.  Like the incredible, tongue-melting experience that was the John Forrest Collection Marlborough Chardonnay 2006 and seared scallops straight from the Sounds; or the wordless wonder that is a disc of foie gras atop … Read More

Cheap and not so cheerful

July 13, 2011By Yvonne

Even if you’re only drinking the occasional glass of wine with dinner, the acidity and tannins will play havoc with your enamel. However in my job, where I’m tasting a couple of dozen wines a week (or up to a hundred wines a day if I’m judging), it’s like I’ve declared all-out war on my … Read More

Fair suck of the sav’ mate!

June 9, 2011By Yvonne

New Zealand wines banned from entering leading Australian wine shows… In a case of fair suck of the sav’, some of New Zealand’s leading wineries have been refused permission to enter their wines in the upcoming Royal Hobart Wine Show according to an article written by Giles Hine of Royal Hobart’s reason for their … Read More