Endorsements and Testimonials

You certainly helped to stoke the fire of my passion for wine, and I'm always in awe of your tasting and wine writing abilities. - Douglas Brett, 36 Bottles

I was never really a wine person before I met you and now I drink far too much. Thank you. - Mark Hewett, Wellington
So thorough!! If this is representative of what you will do for every wine then you are creating a brilliant asset for the industry! - Eveline Fraser, No.1 Family Estate
Thanks for writing such kind words and for the opportunity to see your review. Glad you enjoyed the book. It's a very personal story and never set out to be the complete history of Central Otago wine and your review suggests you understood my approach. Thanks. – Alan Brady, Central Otago
Thank you for this. Very interesting for us to see your comments. – David LeMire MW, Shaw+Smith
Thanks for the reviews. Appreciate your quick response. – Rachael Cook, Spy Valley
What a wonderful write-up and such detailed notes; I always love reading and hearing what you have to say about wines. – Stephen Wong, Wine Sentience
Great website. I enjoy Geoff Kelly's reviews for the detail and Bob Campbell's for how frequently it is updated and its coverage. Your website seems to provide an excellent balance of both. It is wonderful to have another independent N.Z. wine critic to follow. Well done. - Dave Monro, Auckland
Thank you for such prompt service. I will send other new release wines as they are ready and we appreciate the style and care you give in your tasting notes. - Susan McCarthy, Kennedy Point Vineyard
Just wanted to thank you for losing half my morning to your website...I tweeted it out and Kent Baddeley lost half his morning too.  Well done. It's a great read and a tremendous resource. - Martin Bosley, Martin Bosley's Restaurant, Wellington
I've found your wine reviews really useful, and just wanted to let you know that I intend to use the odd quote (well referenced to you of course), in some of our in bar promotion when we put a new wine on the menu. Thanks for all your efforts - it is a great resource for us "interested but not expert" wine lovers. - Kathryn Koopmanschap, Hashigo Zake, Wellington 
Keep up the good work. Your reviews are ‘required reading' down here. – Rex Ormandy, Vino Fino, Christchurch
Enjoying your website and the detail of your notes.  Keep up the good work - the industry needs people like you! - Max Marriott, Auburn Wines
We always like to get an independent review to back up our enthusiasm for a wine and yours is certainly an opinion we respect and trust – as do our customers! - Anna Astin, Advintage Wines
You have always had a great talent as a taster and communicator in fine wine and New Zealand is lucky to have you there bringing those skills and your experience to the page at Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. - Linden Wilkie, The Fine Wine Experience, London and Hong Kong
It is really great to get honest feedback it keeps us on the straight and narrow to put the right product in the bottle. - Mike Poff, Shoestring Wines
Thank you very much for coming over to conduct the Pinot Noir tasting at Wino's. It was a great success and your ability to involve the customers in the tasting was wonderful! Also, your depth of knowledge made the tasting extremely interesting for everyone. We would love you to do another tasting in the future for Wino's. - Sheena Thomson, Wino's Liquor, Blenheim

Your reviews are a welcome pat on the back for us for hard work so far – and great confirmation to keep heading in this direction. They are deep and thoughtful reviews - really helpful. - Vic Tutton, Waipara West

I just came through your website and read the wonderful review that you made about our company and our wines. I want to thank you very much for the nice words and I am pleased that you were positively impressed about the wines and the efforts that we are trying to do to keep high the image of Lambrusco. - Pierluigi Medici, Medici Ermete, Italy

Never ceases to amaze me the amount of work you get through on your website. You’re a machine... - Anto Coates, Fine Wine Delivery Co., Auckland

We have been using your evaluation notes in all our accolade sheets, it's great to have them if the overseas shows haven't addressed the wines yet. So it has been very worthwhile. - Ruud Maasdam, Staete Landt

Your taste experience of our wines is completely aligned with mine, which is reassuring! It really helps us to get a non-biased 3rd party assessment of our wines, so thanks for your honesty and feedback - Julie Ashcroft, Kina Cliffs

Your site is very good and having been to many of your tastings at Regional in days gone by I trust your reviews and find them in depth enough to determine if I will enjoy the wine. - Dayl Shillito, Christchurch

Wine tastings would be far less exciting and entertaining if your palate wasn't present - Guy McMaster, Urlar

You provide the most prompt winewriting and coverage in the country - Geoff Kelly, Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews

I often use your site as an excellent resource for N.Z. tasting notes - Catherine Petrie, Goedhuis & Co., London

Thank you for the prompt service and reviews. I was thrilled to log onto your website and read about us and some of our Champagnes. - Andrew Lindsay, Three French Vines, Auckland

Thanks for sending through your reviews, we really appreciate the careful and considered thought you put into them. - Alistair Gardner, Grava Wines, Martinborough

Thanks Raymond, brilliant. Your insightful views are very heartening, and I feel the last two or three years graft on the concrete egg project is now seemingly worth all the effort! - Tony Bish, Bish Wines, Hawke's Bay

I always like your reviews and your high level of technical information on winemaking - Lindsay Monaghan

You certainly have the most accessible website for reviews and notes - which is very helpful! - David Haglund, Wine Direct

I've certainly enjoyed keeping tabs on the NZ industry through your website over the past few years - you've managed to maintain it as the most active NZ wine-related website on the net. Among the greater NZ wine fraternity that I keep in touch with, people are always eager to hear your thoughts on their wines - as much for the in-depth analysis than the review itself I feel. - Max Marriott, Tasmania

Superb review and commentary of the Chapoutier tasting Raymond. Likewise blogs on the many NZ Shows. - John Comerford, Lower Hutt

We are all smiles here reading over your review. Thank you so much for your outstanding observations and wax lyrical. Nobody could write a better review around Homage as that is truly a benchmark for Trinity Hill. We floated over your words, picking up gems along the way like completeness, sustained richness, plush and sweetly rich. A tear to the eye has to be the best accolade of all. You are so eloquent and such a wordsmith, we need you on the team! - Cara Gittings, Trinity Hill

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