DeVine Wine in a Can…

August 28, 2018By Yvonne

I’m as open-minded as the next cynical critic about new packaging and as such I welcomed the chance for canned wine to redeem itself. DeVine Sparkling Brut NV 200ml can $5.99 ($19.99 4pk) I think it was the playdough-yellow packaging and tired, tacky, grapey motifs on the front that initially made me throw up a … Read More

Canvas Column Sat 2 July 2016

June 21, 2016By Yvonne

Julia Child once said “I love to cook with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food”.  She also said “Every woman should own a blowtorch”. I miss Julia. Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Gewürztraminer 2015 $25 This organically produced wine is golden and glossy in the glass and absolutely heaves with heady spices, musky pot … Read More

Wine & Food Matching Lorkin Style…

June 20, 2016By Yvonne

Wine and food matching. The fact that it’s even a thing is the relatively recent result of American neo-prohibitionists in1970’s demanding that if alcoholic beverages were to be served anywhere, then suitable food needed to be provided. So canny restaurateurs clicked rather quickly that if you’re going to do it, do it well and put … Read More

New Meaning to Old Vines

October 23, 2015By Yvonne

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 17 Oct So you’re looking over at the fence at the back of your section at that gnarly old grapevine that’s been there since WAY before you bought the house and it occurs to you (again) “I wonder whether we could make wine from the grapes that grow on that?” … Read More

Sparkling Spring

October 10, 2015By Yvonne

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 10 Oct 2015   There’s something about the onset of Spring which sparks the desire for something well, sparkling. Mimi Sparkling Pink $13.99 ★★★½ Aromas of delicate strawberry shortcake and cranberry cashew trail mix lead the way to soft cherry, breadcrust and biscuit flavours.  It’s fresh, smooth, lengthy and the … Read More

Cloudy Bay 30 Years 2015

October 10, 2015By Yvonne

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 10 Oct 2015   In 1985 about this time, I was sitting in a movie theatre watching Michael J Fox as Marty McFly travel via his silver DeLorean thirty years into the future, to 2015. 1985 was when our family moved from Takapau to the big smoke of Hastings and … Read More

Wine Roulette

October 2, 2015By Yvonne

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat Oct 3 2015 A text message arrives from my friend Jen.  She’s given up on trying to pin me down for coffee, or for a proper, well-behaved, big girls glass of wine at a reputable establishment to ‘catch up’.  To say I’ve had a busy two months is a bit … Read More

Northern Hemisphere Niceness

September 26, 2015By Yvonne

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 26 Sep 2015 There’s a place in Italy called Salento.  It’s located in the Puglia peninsula region of southern Italy, the one that looks like the heel of a boot, and it’s exceptionally good at growing a red grape that I’m fast becoming a serious fan of.  That grape is … Read More

Exercising the palate

September 19, 2015By Yvonne

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 19 Sep 2015 I’m writing this column during breaks whilst judging at the New Zealand International Wine Show at QBE Stadium in Auckland.  It’s the home of the North Harbour rugby team and I would have thought that after their 48v32 loss to Hawke’s Bay two days beforehand, that the … Read More