Tongue in Groove Riesling and Pinot Noirs

Tongue in Groove is the winegrowing venture of six people who have been involved in "winemaking, marketing, vine tending, making money, food and design”, being friends for 20 years and sharing times at Roseworthy College. They see their skills and experience as being complementary, a perfect fit or like a 'tongue in groove’ for the business. The partners are ‘The Tongue’, marketing specialist Angela Clifford, ‘The Groove’, winemaker Lynette Hudson, ‘The Vine Tenderer’ viticulturist Nick Gill, ‘The Aesthete’ chef Carolyn Reid, ‘The Sugar Daddy’, businessman Charles Reid, and ‘The Silent One’, an unnamed silent partner.

The company came about in 2012 after the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011 provided the inspiration for life changes. The home base for Tongue in Groove is ‘The Food Farm’, a permaculture property in the Waipara Valley, North Canterbury, and 2011 vintage Riesling and Pinot Noir was made from Waipara Valley fruit. Quantities will be limited. The name, and labelling are very individual, with Monty Python-esque label and website imagery. Here, I review the new 2012 Riesling and two Pinot Noirs, including a new 2012 vintage from the ‘Clayvin’ vineyard.


  • Tongue in Groove Waipara Valley Riesling 2012
  • Tongue in Groove ‘Clayvin Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
  • Tongue in Groove Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2011

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