One thing I have found through teaching wine courses is that students who are new to wine bring a refreshing perspective to the way they describe it. Wine should be described in an evocative (but hopefully pretention-free) way and we shouldn’t feel shackled by use of conventional anglo-saxon lexicon.
The start of the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards judging week did not bode well. I’d been excused judging on the first day (not enough NZ entries apparently) so was catching up on emails when I received a fraught text from Emma asking me if I could venture out buy her something warm to wear… Read More »
A flying visit to Porto meant an opportunity to go to the Douro, a region I’ve always wanted to explore, but never made the time. A new motorway takes you most of the way there but the final 30 minutes is on roads so winding, they make the road over the Rimutakas look like the… Read More »
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 the relationship of winemakers to the region; consultant winemakers (eg. Dean Shaw, Pete Bartle, Rudi Bauer), those from out of region (Jim White), or from… Read More »
“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 who focussed intently on learning but whom were quite shy about speaking up. So I was taken aback when one sommelier asked me to rank… Read More »
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 Bistro. Justifiably proud of his heritage, Stephen took time to explain his winemaking philosophy, how the wines had come to get their names and his… Read More »