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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...

Marlborough Launches Appellation Protection

Marlborough Launches Appellation Protection

Safeguarding the reputation of New Zealand’s biggest wine region is the aim of a new group that launched in June calling itself Appellation Marlbor...

Martinborough Vineyards tasting with winemaker Paul Mason - June 22 201

Martinborough Vineyards tasting with winemaker Paul Mason - June 22 201

Martinborough Vineyards tasting with winemaker Paul Mason - June 22 2018Thanks Paul Mason from Martinborough Vineyards for a fascinating look back ...

Lower Alcohol Wine

Lower Alcohol Wine

Lower alcohol wine is growing. The world wants lower alcohol wines and it wants the good stuff, says Dr John Forrest, who just arrived back in New ...

New Rioja at Regional Wines

New Rioja at Regional Wines

Did you know that Rioja accounts for 30% of the export volume of Spanish DO (geographical indication) wines? The northern Spanish wine region ...

Standard Strength Picks of Dramfest - With Daniel Bruce McLaren - Monday & Tuesday 23/24 April

Standard Strength Picks of Dramfest - With Daniel Bruce McLaren - Monday & Tuesday 23/24 April

Remember back at school when you didn't get picked for the footie or netball team, and your mum said to you, “Don’t worry darling - you have streng...