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Villa Maria Family of Wineries’ Trade Day

Monday 11 September 2017
I’ve always had huge admiration for Villa Maria Estate and its family of wineries. The quality of the wines and their individuality comes foremost to mind, but in reality it is the quality of the people behind the wines that is the most important more

Dry River 2017 Spring Release Tasting

Saturday 2 September 2017
The Dry River 2017 Spring Release tasting was a departure from how the release was held in the past, where tastings were put on in the main centres around the country. The Dry River team only conducted one event, and that was held at the winery in more

Bragato Wine Awards 2017 – The Trophies and Golds

Friday 1 September 2017
The trophy winners of the Bragato Wine Awards 2017 have been announced at the Bragato Conference over the last two days, with the Champion Wine of the Show announced last night. This was The Boneline Waipara Cabernet Franc more

Escudo Rojo and Kahurangi in at Poquito

Friday 25 August 2017
Although I’ve reviewed the Escudo Rojo wines imported and distributed by Kahurangi Liquor Distributors nearly a year ago before Greg and Amanda Day invited a group of wine media, including myself to try a selection of the wines again, but in the context of matched more

Vidal ‘Legacy’ Release 2017 with Hugh Crichton

Wednesday 23 August 2017
Hugh Crichton, winemaker at Vidal in Hawke’s Bay must be buzzing. The recent releases of his ‘grand cru’ styled ‘Legacy’ wines have earned exceptional praise with critics and judges both overseas and in New Zealand. I’ve had the fortune of tasting a number of them more

Stu Marfell of Vavasour and Foley Family Wines Visit

Wednesday 16 August 2017
It’s always a pleasure and educational experience whenever one catches up with Stu Marfell, winemaker at Vavasour in the Awatere Valley. The Marfells are well-known Marlborough farming stock but Stu says he was attracted by the wine more

Matt Evans of Maori Point in Wellington

Monday 7 August 2017
It has been some time since I caught up with the happenings at Maori Point Vineyard near Tarras in Central Otago. My last reviews of the Maori Point wines was at the end of 2015, but the visit by owner John Harris in the middle of 2011 is still fresh on my more

Negociants N.Z. Fine Wine Tour

Tuesday 25 July 2017
Every year, Negociants N.Z. take their portfolio of New Zealand and Australian wines for road trip through the country, inviting the trade and consuming public to sample the latest wines and meet the principals behind the more

Ash Ridge Shows Greater Definition and Quality and a Syrah Surprise

Tuesday 11 July 2017
Ash Ridge is a relatively recent wine venture in Hawke’s Bay; Chris and Sonya Wilcock have made enormous progress since they planted their first vines in 2005. Their winery and cellar door are based at the ‘Cardoness’ vineyard on S.H. 50 near the junction of Ngatarawa more

Maxim and Pig’s Back Wines Released

Thursday 29 June 2017
It takes much courage to launch a new wine venture and brand. Most new entrants realise they are on a steep learning curve. If they are the actual growers and makers, there’s half the battle. The other half, deemed the most difficult, is the selling of the more

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