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Game on for Gamay

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Winemakers Rod and Emma Easthope make one of New Zealand's best  Gamays, Not that there are many Gamays made but Easthope Family Vineyards Gamay is super impressive. Despite its brand name it's actually made with grapes grown on Ian Quinn's the Two Terraces Vineyards in Maraekakaho, Hawke's Bay. Quinn is a fellow lover of the velvet smooth reds that the Gamay grape is capable of making.  Legend has it (by relatively good authority, we are led to believe) that Gamay originally comes from Burgundy, France, but was banished from there in 1395 by Phillippe the Bold. It is documented that this...

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An old Italian white with a new lease of Kiwi life

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Jenny Dobson is a Hawke's Bay winemaker with a long history of European winemaking experiencing, but since most of that is in Bordeaux in the south west of France, it was a surprise to find out that she makes an exceptionally textural dry white wine from an obscure Italian grape. Fiano it is. Buy Jenny Dobson's Fiano here for $34.99 She buys grapes from the Bush Hawk Vineyard on Ngatarawa Road, Hawke's Bay, a site owned by Bryce Campbell, who planted 300 vines in 2010 and had the first crop in 2013. She has since made a 2014 Fiano from this same vineyard,...

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A French Pinot with a twist

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All Deiss wines are certified organic, made from grapes grown biodynamically and they break new ground in style and quality... Hippolyte Rouge is a French Pinot Noir from one of the country's great classic wine regions and from a cult producer, but it's not from Burgundy. Hippolyte is new in store from Domaine Marcel Deiss, one of the greatest organic and biodynamic winemakers in Alsace, the most eastern, the driest and the most Germanic of all French wine regions. Appropriately enough, it is packaged in a tall, Alsatian bottle rather than a fat rounded Burgundian one. It's made from arid...

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Top dry white from beautiful Marche in Italy

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Top dry white from beautiful Marche in Italy

We are thrilled to welcome back Plenio, one of the best dry whites from central Italy's beautiful Marche region.  Plenio is the top white wine from Umani Ronchi, a winery based in the beautiful coastal region of Marche in central Italy. It is made entirely from Verdicchio, a white grape variety that is used to make high quality white wines and can also be used to make sparkling wine, thanks to its refreshing acidity which is one of the hallmarks of the variety. This wine is also a Riserva, which Italian wine law stipulates must be aged for a minimum...

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Craggy Range winery of the month - on special

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Craggy Range winery of the month - on special

We're excited to launch a new winery of the month for May, Craggy Range, which is situated in one of the most iconic landscapes in the country. Te Mata Peak towers in the foreground while the Tukituki River meanders gently along behind this Hawke’s Bay winery and its luxury lodge. The winery has forged a reputation as one of the best in the Bay since its first vintage in 1999. Ironically, this large Hawke's Bay winery sources a significant proportion of grapes from just down the road in Martinborough where its Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are growing in volume...

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