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Wellington Wine Country Room Opened at Noble Rot Wine Bar

Tuesday 8 May 2018
The greater Wairarapa winegrowing region has a very strong bond with Wellington city. Many of the Wairarapa’s winegrowers originate from Wellington, and most of the wines from the district are sold in Wellington. It’s the natural order of more

New Zealand Organic Wine Awards 2018 – The Results

Wednesday 2 May 2018
The results of the 2018 New Zealand Organic Wine Awards have been announced. The ‘Riedel Wine of the Show’ was awarded to the Carrick ‘Josephine’ Central Otago Riesling 2017. The ‘Vintec Sustainable Vineyard of the Year’ was awarded to more

Villa Maria’s Super Winery in Hawke’s Bay

Friday 27 April 2018
It was a logical decision to have all of the Villa Maria groups’ Hawke’s Bay production conducted on one site. The Vidal Estate, Esk Valley, and Te Awa wineries were all functioning well, but the Villa Maria wines had no ‘home of its own’ apart from the Auckland more

Trinity Hill 2018 Red Tank Samples and 2016 ‘Homage’ Syrah Preview

Friday 27 April 2018
During my recent visit to Hawke’s Bay, it was a treat to be able to catch up with Warren Gibson and Cara Gittings, for a tour of the Trinity Hill vineyards, and to taste some 2018 red wines fresh from tank. I was also treated to a preview of the Trinity Hill ‘Homage’ Syrah more

A Visit to Elephant Hill and Tasting 2018 Red Barrel Samples

Thursday 26 April 2018
The rise of Hawke’s Bay winery Elephant Hill has been nothing short of remarkable. Established in 2003 by Roger and Reydan Weiss of Germany, they set up a vineyard, winery, cellar door and restaurant in the coastal district of Te more

Book Review- Latitude 45.15s, By Ric Oram

Saturday 14 April 2018
This is a self-published book by Ric Oran, a writer and journalist now living in Alexandra, Central Otago. The book is a history and presentation of the current state of the Alexandra district as a vignoble, and is sub-titled ‘among the world’s southernmost vineyards’ more

Book Review- Bursting Bubbles, By Robert Walters

Sunday 25 March 2018
Robert Walters, an Australian wine importer, vineyard owner and writer has written a provocative book that all wine lovers who enjoy drinking Champagne should read. The title ‘Bursting Bubbles’ is apt in that the book puts forward a very different more

Book Review- The Next Vintage, By Michael Bassett and Judith Bassett

Monday 12 March 2018
Josip Babich first harvested his grapes in Northland to make wine in the autumn of 1916. This book was written by historians Michael and Judith Bassett to commemorate and record a century of winemaking by Josip Babich and his more

Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2018 – Trophy Winners

Sunday 4 March 2018
The trophy winning wines of the 2018 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards were announced at the awards dinner at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland last night. The Champion Wine of the Show was the Te Awa ‘Single Estate’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay more

Dry River 2018 Autumn Release Mail Order Tasting

Friday 2 March 2018
It is very pleasing to see the continued progress of Dry River Wines in Martinborough since Wilco Lam took over the label’s stewardship, the 2013 wines being the first under his complete control from vine to glass. The culture of Dry River remains on achieving the highest more

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