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Burgundy revealed... and our sale

Burgundy revealed... and our sale

Is climate change having an effect on one of the world’s smallest, highest priced and, arguably, most revered wine region? Burgundy is the smallest...

Lower on alcohol, bigger on good taste

Lower on alcohol, bigger on good taste

If you had to name three big buzzwords in wine circles today, what would you say? Lower alcohol, organic and biodynamic are the first to spring to ...

Sip, savour and cycle... and drink a great dry aged Riesling

Sip, savour and cycle... and drink a great dry aged Riesling

If you've ever heard the old saying that there are no great wines, only great bottles, then hopefully you'll have moved with the times and realised...

The story of Central Otago's 'other' Pinot Noir - bubbles

The story of Central Otago's 'other' Pinot Noir - bubbles

Austrian winemaker Rudi Bauer was the first to work with a champagne family to make sparkling wine in Central Otago, using the same grape varietie...

Speaking of Sauvignon... it can be complex

Speaking of Sauvignon... it can be complex

The second International Sauvignon Blanc conference in this country was held in Marlborough in late January this year as a celebration and tasty in...

Liquid Gold - El Dorado Rum Tasting

Liquid Gold - El Dorado Rum Tasting

If you're into layers of complexity, not just in the flavour profile of your rum, but in how it was produced - then our El Dorado tasting on Tuesda...

North Canterbury’s Pinot peaks

North Canterbury’s Pinot peaks

Long hot summers are the stuff of childhood dreams and great vintages – and the best wines from the Waipara Valley gain their great flavours from t...

The great white of Rueda… Verdejo

The great white of Rueda… Verdejo

What makes Verdejo a great white wine when it was unknown 40 years ago? This great white grape was virtually unheard of, even in its homeland of Ru...

NZ's great Nautilus bubbly

NZ's great Nautilus bubbly

If you're planning to stock up on festive bubbles, you're in good company. Our in store tastings of great bubblies have left us with such a great ...

Best of the Best Whisky Tasting 2018

Best of the Best Whisky Tasting 2018

With a lineup of whiskies that looked as dark and menacing as they did enticing, and the promise of the ceremonial butchering of an unsuspecting ha...

Saturday Taittinger tasting

Saturday Taittinger tasting

There are big names and then there are big producers and next weekend we are dedicating our Saturday in store tasting to a champagne house that fit...

Say it with Syrah - Homage

Say it with Syrah - Homage

We would never say ‘forget the flowers’ but there are more ways than one to a girl’s or a guy's heart. Homage is the one of the best ways to say yo...