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New, decadent and delicious... Lallier Blanc de Noirs

Posted by Joelle Thomson on

Worth the wait. Those the first words that sprang to mind when we cracked open a bottle of Champagne Lallier Blanc de Noirs, which retails for an extremely modest $67.99. This Champagne landed along with a large shipment which has been long awaited here at Regional Wines - and talk about punching above its weight. This is on our top shelf in store and if you're a PInot Noir fan, get in fast because it's sure to sell out, given the high quality and modest price ratio. The Lallier Blanc de Noir is 100% Pinot Noir from 100% Grand Cru vineyards...

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Taste the queen of Portugal's red grapes - Touriga Nacional

Posted by Joelle Thomson on

We have opened one of our top Portuguese red wines for you to taste in store this month under Coravin, so we thought it made sense to share details about what makes this wine so good. The five year old 2016 Monte Da Cacada Touriga Nacional is one of our most age worthy reds on the Portuguese shelves here at Regional Wines & Spirits. It will reward more time in a temperature controlled wine cellar, away from light of course, but it also drinks nicely right now, thanks to being made from Touriga Nacional, the queen of Portugal's indigenous grapes....

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Sulphur and the tale of two whiskies

Posted by John Shearlock on

Sulphur and the tale of two whiskies

It all began at Dramfest back in March last year at the Signatory stand with a beastly bottle of Deanston (and I mean beastly in a good way). You remember the one - an abv as hot as hell and fumes of brimstone to match. I loved it, and wasn’t the only one, and I guess that’s down to the fact that, at the end of the day, some of us really do love a dash of sulphur in our whisky. Many distillers go to great lengths to remove the stuff - the copper in their stills being the first...

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Tasty new trio from Te Muna in Martinborough

Posted by Joelle Thomson on

Vintage was in full swing in Martinborough when our wine experts, including yours truly, here at Regional were given the chance to try three super new wines from this tiny wine region, over the hill and 90 minutes’ drive away from Wellington. It’s been a small harvest this year. There are fewer bunches of grapes and significantly lighter ones too, which means the quality is likely to be good to very good but the volumes are small. The region’s usually bone dry weather and strong winds were exacerbated by spring frosts, summer heat and lack of moisture, so watch out...

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Exotic Portugal... a new winery of the month

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Our winery of the month for April is Casa Santos Lima from Portugal Portugal is better known for its cork production and fortified red wines (aka port) than for its high quality dry reds and whites, but this month we aim to shine a spotlight on another side of this most western European winemaking country - and delve into the exotic world of Portuguese wines from Casa Santos Lima. This is our winery of the month. It's a family owned winery with over 400 hectares of vineyards growing nationwide in a diverse range of regions fromf Lisboa, Algarve, Alentejo and Vinho Verde to...

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