Olssen’s Vineyard Sold – announcement just in

13 October 2011By Yvonne

Hello Yvonne It is with mixed feelings that after 22 years in the business John and I have found a great set of future custodians for the special vineyard that is Olssens.  By planting on the now famous Felton Road we became wine making pioneers of the Bannockburn region and the Cromwell basin. We had a vision of creating … Read More

Wynns Wines and Hard Rock Shiraz

11 October 2011By Yvonne

Wynns has been around since the dawn of the dingoes and Kiwi’s have long been huge fans.  When I asked around my local traps (the school mums, supermarket checkout ladies, the lotto man, the rural post driver, the plumber and the sparky), about the first red wines they ever tried, this reliable, cuddly Coonawarra brand … Read More

Gritty kiwi winemaking doco gives a few giggles

29 September 2011By Yvonne

It’s called Passion and Patience, it’s a no-frills account of what’s involved in growing grapes, making wine and trying to make a dollar along the way.  Don’t expect flashy, slick film making on this dvd – expect an honest account and a few laughs. http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/passion-in-gritty-wine-doco/1117501/  

Kate Moss, Sailors, Mosel and Ethiopian Wine

28 September 2011By Yvonne

Model Winemaker I had to have a chuckle the other day after I’d tweeted the news that international supermodel Kate Moss had purchased a £130,000 vineyard in France for her new husband Jamie Hince.  Replies included “unless she’s careful the wine will taste thin and lack body”, and cheekily referring to her cigarette habit and … Read More

Kidnapper Cliffs Cabernet Scoops 5 Nations Trophy

21 September 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

7 September 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

16 August 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

24 July 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 www.nautilusestate.com    

Food Matching Mistakes and Space Age Wines

22 July 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

13 July 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