Independent Wine Monthly

forthright & independent wine commentary and reviews



Higgledy-Piggledy triumphs

If Charlie Thompson, a confectionary salesman, hadn’t (purportedly) dropped his tray of samples in front of a potential customer, thereby jumbling up all the sweets,  



Central Pinot or Pinot Central?

Having departed a beautifully sunny and ever-spectacular Central Otago with heavy heart, the opening of a brief window before the plunge into the inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration



Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration

Emma and I are in Queenstown, as guests of Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd, to take part in the 2016 Pinot Noir Celebration.  The opening session, “A Question of Style”, explored...



Well if everybody’s doing it, it must be ok then…

We all see life through a prism of our own experience (and prejudices) but I must confess to being at a loss when reading the recent commentary on Wine Writers...



The Central Muster

“Don’t worry, they won’t ask many questions” said Natalie Potts, NZ Winegrowers Asia Marketing Manager. I was in Beijing teaching NZW wine education courses and was getting used to students...

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The Strange Case of a Dartmoor Vineyard

It seems to rather befit an outfit with a slightly dualistic nature (think hedonistic party boys who also happen to produce some of the country’s finest wines) that their flagship chardonnays...

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Henschke : latest releases

Stephen Henschke was in Auckland to show the latest Henschke releases. I couldn’t miss the opportunity to taste some of Australia’s finest wines so hot footed it to O’Connell Street...

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