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.
Reading the first paragraphs of the 15th March edition of TWTW on the point-scoring between the point-scorers was an amusing enough experience. Though I couldn’t help but wonder if all the vitriol may in fact represent something other than petty jealousies and score settling.
I always find it quite exciting to see a wine I’ve never tried before cross my doorstep but tinged with this is some trepidation: will it be any good? The odds are not as encouraging as one would hope…
There is something very encouraging about the approach of Auburn Wines of Bannockburn. The singular focus on riesling and desire to explore the variety through various sub-regional bottlings underscores the growing maturation and confidence in our terroir.
Having tasted Misha’s Vineyard’s inaugural release, I was interested to see how their mission statement – No Compromises – was holding up (always a bold statement given the vagaries of weather and markets…)
It is said that dogs resemble their owners (as the owner of, amongst others, a whippet and a greyhound I live ever in hope) but more often I find myself wondering how much wines resemble their winemakers.
Not being a partaker of social media (yes, yes, but it’s just not for me) I have, perhaps thankfully, missed many of the comments being generated by my previous article. But I have had some thought-provoking emails come directly to me and one in particular raised a not dissimilar thorny issue, one which I have… Read More »
There has been a fair amount of commentary recently in the wine press and social media regarding the pros and cons, ethics and otherwise of wine critics/reviewers being paid by producers to review their wines. For obvious reasons, this is a topic close to Jane’s and my own hearts and one we have been pondering… Read More »