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2013 BusHHawke Vineyard Fiano

When a package arrived from Hawke’s Bay, I was surprised to unwrap a bottle of Fiano. I wasn’t aware there was any planted in NZ but remembered the words of advice given to me when I moved here, ‘everything’s available, you just have to know where to look’.

2013 Bacardi Legacy NZ Competition

No-one was more surprised than me when I was asked to judge the NZ Bacardi Legacy competition. Spirits are an integral part of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust qualifications, but cocktails are not.

The Chosen One?

That Marlborough sauvignon blanc is the engine room of the country’s wine is a given. But in a typically New Zealand fashion, we seem to both be extremely proud and incredibly dismissive of the grape and style.