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Ode to Riesling - A global tasting on 23 September

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Join us for Riesling Around the World on 23 September Book for the tasting here This tasting is hosted by our in store wine adviser Joelle Thomson. All going well and we are back at Alert level 1, which is by no means guaranteed, we will proceed. If not, we will give full refunds.  Ode to Riesling The following is a sort of ode to Riesling, one of the great whites of the wine world and one of the oldest known wine grapes in the world if historical records are any measure to go by. Riesling was first written about in 1348...

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The best of Esk

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Esk Valley is our new winery of the month for September   Gordon Russell often describes himself as a fashion victim so it may come as a bit of a surprise to find that he often pushes boundaries in unconventional ways too, such as when he made this country's first Malbec-based red in 1993.  Malbec has become something of a household word in wine circles today but it was an incredibly little known grape back then. Russell also made this country’s only commercially bottled Verdelho for decades and he remains one of the few to continue producing Chenin Blanc, the sublime charms of which make...

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Martinborough Pinot Noirs to buy (and other news from our latest staff trip)

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Martinborough Pinot Noirs to buy (and other news from our latest staff trip)

“I had never felt so certain about anything in my life,” says Clive Paton, of his decision to buy land in Martinborough, plant grapes on it, make wine and turn his back on a career in share milking. Pinot Noir devotees know that the rest is history, still in the making at Ata Rangi Wines, one of the great producers we visited on our staff trip last month. It might come as something of a surprise to know that the staff at Regional Wines & Spirits very rarely all crack open a bottle of something good to drink together but...

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The price of whisky...

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The price of whisky...

It’s been an interesting old year of whisky tastings thus far at Regional Wines. With supply issues here, there and everywhere and a palpable decrease in whiskies to choose from, we've been forced to be inventive with, what might be called, a slightly more commercial slew of brands and bottlings. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed revisiting some classics, comparing official bottlings at a variety of ages and price points and then seeing how they go next to the odd peculiarity or indy bottling that we have managed to rustle up. In the same breath however… boy, am I looking forward to the...

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Reds from Auckland's southern hills

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Puriri Hills Estate is a great red from a small wine producer just outside the village of Clevedon, in the rolling green hills southeast of Auckland. It's an unlikely destination for a top red as there are few other vineyards in the area, which is warm with a maritime climate - the coast can be seen from the vineyard and is about a 10 minute drive away.   The wines are made solely from estate grown grapes from the four acres on site, which include Merlot, Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. This bunch of classic Bordeaux red grapes inspired...

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