Smoking Loon 2015 Pinot Grigio, 2014 Chardonnay, Merlot and Malbec

Smoking Loon is one of the California brands that Jonty Hamer and Misha Taylor of Procure Liquor have successfully introduced into the New Zealand market. The brand was established in 2000, and is part of the Don Sebastiani stable and the name refers to "Don Sebastiani’s love of cigars and his father’s passion for water fowl”. The mantra at Smoking Loon is not to take anything too seriously, and as a result the wines are very accessible. The wines, originally made from California fruit now include those with fruit sourced from other regions and countries. Here, I review a selection of four wines, one from Chile.


  • Smoking Loon California Pinot Grigio 2015
  • Smoking Loon California Chardonnay 2014
  • Smoking Loon California Merlot 2014
  • Smoking Loon ‘El Carancho’ Valle Central Malbec 2014

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