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La Bella Italia

Italy is one of the two biggest winemaking countries on Earth but what sets it apart from the other biggie, France, is the sheer mindboggling diver...

Matt Stafford Tastes his Prestige Range at Regional Wines

Matt Stafford Tastes his Prestige Range at Regional Wines

The Regional Wines tasting room was graced with an educational wine tasting tour de force last Tuesday, thanks to the unassuming Matt Stafford from...

Malts of the Midlands Tasting with Daniel Bruce McLaren

Malts of the Midlands Tasting with Daniel Bruce McLaren

It was a collection of seven drams from an elusive region that some might call the Midlands, others might call the Southern Highlands and the odd p...

Black and White - A Brief Story of 13 Whiskies...

Black and White - A Brief Story of 13 Whiskies...

Last month saw two bottles of ancient blended whisky, retrieved from a shed, opened and tasted at Regional Wines. The whiskies were a White Horse c...

Great German Whites

Great German Whites

 Great German whites If you had to name the steepest vineyards in the world, which country would spring to mind? The answer is Germany - and for...

Taupo Expo a big hit

You know what they say about overnight success stories? Behind every single one of them, there are two decades of hard graft as someone works hard to turn their dreams into reality.

New Zealand’s first Organic Wine Week - 17 to 23 September

Organic Wine Week New Zealand’s first Organic Wine Week is from 17 to 23 September Does organic wine taste better? It’s the question on everyone’s...

Quartz Reef new X-factor bubbles…

Quartz Reef new X-factor bubbles…

By Joelle Thomson It was a treat this week to have Central Otago winemaker Rudi Bauer in store from his Central Otago winery, Quartz Reef – a rari...

James Millton looks at sweet, salt, sour and astringent (amongst other topics)

James Millton looks at sweet, salt, sour and astringent (amongst other topics)

James Millton is passionate, you can feel it in the air when he talks, and you can certainly taste it in his wines - wines made with intent, from h...

Myshterry Whiskies at Regional Wines

Myshterry Whiskies at Regional Wines

With ages of 2 to 22 years old from an array of casks spanning first fill and refill Oloroso to PX and bourbon, alcohol levels between 43% and 64% and no fewer than four regions present, this was a mystery tasting that would surely scream individuality despite a theme of Sherry.

Blog… A French affair…

Blog… A French affair…

Blog… A French affair…   This week’s blog highlights the most popular French wine at last Saturday’s Bastille Day tasting. A white wine stole t...

Peaty Picks of Dramfest - A Tale of Two Tastings

Peaty Picks of Dramfest - A Tale of Two Tastings

As I disinfected the kitchen floor adjacent to the tasting room a few hours prior to the Monday tasting, I realised I was getting my first peat-lik...