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Giesen's new Kiwi-German wine collaboration

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Giesen's new Kiwi-German wine collaboration

The German born Giesen brothers have added a new Riesling from their homeland to their range of wines. "It's a happy coincidence of timing and a chance meeting at the German wine fair, Prowein, in 2017 with a young German winemaker, Tobias Treis, says Alex Giesen. “Tobias and his family are deeply rooted in Mosel where they own and run a multi-generational vineyard and their family has been making wine in Mosel since 1684,” says Alex Giesen.  “We remained in contact and within a few months of our return to New Zealand, Tobias was on the phone letting us know...

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Whitehaven Wines go gold internationally

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Whitehaven Wines go gold internationally

Congratulations to one of our favourite wine brands - Whitehaven Wines from Marlborough, which has won a bunch of gold and double gold medals at the 2020 Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards. “This is the largest number of awards we have received from the Sakura competition. We are keenly waiting to see if either of our Double Gold medal wines receives a Diamond trophy - that would make the outcome a truly fantastic result," says Sue White, co founder of Whitehaven, who is thrilled with the result.  Double gold medals were awarded to two whites from this iconic  winery - the...

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Woman wins winemaker of the year title

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Woman wins winemaker of the year title

Central Otago winemaker Jen Parr of Valli Vineyards has been named New Zealand Winemaker of the Year 2020 by Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine. “Her experience and attention to detail serve her well when creating wines of great quality and sense of place," said Gourmet Traveller Wine editor Judy Sarriss, at the awards held it the Grand Hotel in Auckland on Monday 20 January.  Parr is one of the three winemakers who creates the four Valli Pinot Noirs every year; the wines make up some of the most interesting comparative Pinots in the region; all are made along the same guidelines but...

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Valentine's pink wine (and it's vegan friendly)

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Valentine's pink wine (and it's vegan friendly)

It may taste damned delish, but this vintage of Luna Pinot Meunier Rosé was far from easy to make. Jack Frost and high rainfall led to crop losses, so this wine was pretty pricey to make. Not only were quantities reduced, but the rainfall meant that the grapes had to be hand harvested, due to the condition of the vineyard. Add in the fact that crop levels were severely reduced, due to cold and rainy weather and you have smaller than usual quantities of a tasty rosé. The 2019 vintage is the first time this wine was made with an old Swiss...

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Summer of Rosé... Drink pink

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Summer of Rosé in store Saturday 18 January 1pm to 5pm... Find out the answer to all your pink drink questions... Is rosé dry or sweet? Does the colour of pink wine influence the style and flavour? What makes a good rosé? What grapes are used to make rosé? Is pink wine a blend of red and white - or something else? Summer of Rosé takes on a delicious new meaning this Saturday at Regional, thanks to pink wines from Lebanon, France, North Canterbury and Central Otago, all made from different grapes  Everyone is welcome to our in store wine tasting...

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