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10/02/2016

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,  

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01/02/2016

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

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29/01/2016

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...

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23/01/2016

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...

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21/01/2016

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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11/11/2014

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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30/10/2014

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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