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Black Cottage 2018 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Noir
Forrest Wines 2018 Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Albarino, and 2015 Gruner Veltliner and Pinot Noir
The Hunting Lodge 2017 Pinot Gris, Marsanne Viognier and Chardonnay
Lake Chalice 2017 ‘The Falcon’ Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling, and Raptor Chardonnay
Matchbook Dunnigan Hills ‘Old Head’ Chardonnay 2016
Nevis Bluff 2017 Rosé and 2014 Pinot Noir
Summerhouse 2018 Marlborough Pinot Rosé and 2016 Hawke’s Bay Merlot
Valli 2018 Waitaki Riesling, 2017 Pinot Gris and 2017 Regional Pinot Noirs
Palacio de Oriente Rioja Tempranillo 2017
Locharburn 2018 Central Otago Pinot Rosé and Pinot Gris
Tantalus 2017 ‘Cachette’, 2015 Merlot Franc, and ‘Voile’, ‘Evoque’, and ‘Ecluse’
Mount Dottrel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
Greystone ‘Thomas Brothers’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2016
Stoneburn Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Pinot Noir
Mount Brown 2018 North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling
Zaria Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018
Craggy Range ‘Prestige Collection’ 2016 Vintage
Morepork Northland Pinot Gris 2018
Julicher Estate and ’99 Rows’ Te Muna Pinot Noir 2015
The Winemaker’s Wife and The Lady Ranfurly Releases from Simon McGeorge
Mission ‘Barrique Reserve’ 2017 Chardonnay and Syrah, and 2016 Pinot Noir and Cabernet
Dashwood 2018 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris
Black Cottage 2018 Rosé and Pinot Gris
Taiao Estate Bridge Pa Hawke’s Bay Releases
Sliding Hill Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
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Hawke’s Bay Wine Celebration 2018 – A Wellington Photo Exposé

Thursday 23 August 2018
The Hawke’s Bay Wine Celebration is one of the great New Zealand wine events for the wine and hospitality trade, as well as the public. It is the ‘Hot Red Road Show’ that grew to allow whites to be showcased, and now attendees can get to see top examples of all... ...read more

Nose to Tale – Wellington Wine Country at Le Cordon Bleu

Tuesday 21 August 2018
The wine producers of the Wairarapa have had a close relationship with Le Cordon Bleu for many years, and notable is their pairing up for the annual ‘Wellington on a Plate’ (WOAP) gastronomic festival. The timeless approach of wines matched to a designed menu......read more

Vidal ‘Legacy’ Vintage Release 2018

Thursday 9 August 2018
Hugh Crichton of Vidal Estate in Hawke’s Bay conducts his ‘Legacy Annual Vintage Release’, this year in three cities in the country to the Vidal Estate database, showing his latest flagship ‘Legacy’ releases. These figure among the top wines made in the country......read more

A Detailed Conversion Table for the 20-Point Scale to 100-Point Scale

Tuesday 7 August 2018
With the growing use of the 100 point rating system for wines in wine judging competitions, critics ratings and published reviews, I have found it useful to provide a more detailed conversion chart which relates my usage of the 20-point scale to the 100-point scale......read more

Negociants N.Z. Fine Wine Tour 2018

Wednesday 25 July 2018
This annual event is one that is highly anticipated by wine and hospitality professionals throughout the country. Negociants N.Z., one of this country’s leading wine distributors takes its portfolio of New Zealand and Australian wines around the country......read more

North Canterbury Wine Soils and Terroir with Lynnette Hudson

Monday 23 July 2018
Lynnette Hudson who is intimate with the North Canterbury wine scene came to Wellington to present a seminar and tasting of wines describing the different soils and terroirs of North Canterbury and how it is assumed to influence the taste of the wines......read more

Palliser Estate ‘The Great Riddler’ Chardonnay 2016

Tuesday 10 July 2018
In July 2016, Richard Riddiford, the founding managing director of Palliser Estate passed away. Richard was a very strong-willed man who is best known for making Palliser Estate one of the strongest producers in Martinborough, and who many credit was... ...read more

New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards 2018

Thursday 5 July 2018
Today, New Zealand Winegrowers have announced the ‘New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards’ as the replacement for the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. It also replaces the Bragato Wine Awards, but will “combine the best components of the previous competitions”......read more

Claire Mulholland of Burn Cottage in Wellington

Tuesday 26 June 2018
It’s always delightful to catch up with Claire Mulholland, general manager and winemaker at the high-flying Burn Cottage Vineyard in Central Otago. I’ve known her for nearly 20 years from when she took over the reins at Martinborough Vineyard......read more

Appellation Marlborough Wine Launched

Saturday 9 June 2018
One of this country’s most important wine initiatives was launched this week: Appellation Marlborough Wine (AMW). This brand has been introduced and trademark registered to protect the reputation of Marlborough wine......read more

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