My notes taken on Thursday 18th April 2013 at the Martinborough Hotel. I had no idea which wineries had submitted wines, all wines were pre-poured into identical glasses and tasted blind. This was a genuinely exciting line-up of wines. A spectrum of colours, very different approaches to winemaking
An invitation from Wines of Martinborough to spend a couple of days in the region was an offer I couldn’t refuse. It meant I could finally get to use my new camera but, looking at my distinctly amateurish snaps, have realised I’m going to have to get over my paranoia at taking pictures of winemakers.… Read More »
The focus on individual regions at Pinot 2013 afforded a great opportunity to meet winemakers but not (for me at least) a great opportunity to taste wine properly. I have never mastered the whole glass/booklet/pen/spittoon juggling act nor, more importantly, the ability to taste and make an honest assessment under the watchful (and sometimes, extremely… Read More »
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…
This is the transcript of my introduction of Dr. Emmanuel Bourguignon, delivered during the Pinot2013 conference.
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…)
I was rather intrigued by this invitation as generally anytime one sees a ‘celebrity’ or sports person’s name associated with wine, it is more about marketing and self-promotion than the actual stuff in the bottle.
When Nick Lane asked me if I’d like to ‘say a few words’ at the 2011 Pinot @ Cloudy celebration I was delighted, and agree to do so. However, when the brief arrived, I found I was delivering the Inaugural Cloudy Bay Address.
In last week’s Sunday Star Times column I bemoaned the fact that a growing number of Central Otago Pinots are expensive wines that curiously lack soul. Afterwards, I wondered if I had been too harsh. Most Central winemakers seem like decent law abiding chaps, though it must be admitted I have only ever seen them… Read More »