Category Archives: nz wine

Casa del Vino, Nelson

I was delighted to be invited by Juliane and Glenn Cormier to come present a tasting at their Nelson wine shop, Casa del Vino. Originally from the US, the couple have made Nelson their home, “it’s much warmer than Chicago” says Juliane.

Q Wine Waitaki

New Zealand is reknown for its mercurial climate, with frosts, tropical storms, extreme winds and drought keeping viticulturists and winemakers the length of the country on their toes. 
While most seem resigned to dealing with Mother Nature, it has always struck me that Waitaki seems to take pride, and actively promote itself, as being the… Read More »

Great Whites from Austria

Attending an MW Education Seminar is hard work. Most of the students wouldn’t have sat for 10 hours a day in a classroom for some time and the stress of five days packed with formal blind wine tastings, intense theory sessions and lectures from renowned experts (Jean Guillaume Prats and Professor Dr Monika Christmann this year)… Read More »

Kumeu River : 2015 New Releases

(apologies for the blurry  photo – I couldn’t locate the ones I took myself so had to snitch from the Kumeu River website). The annual invitation to taste the new releases from Kumeu River usually involves driving out to the Brajkovich family winery in West Auckland. This year the venue was the only-just-reopened O’Connell Street Bistro –… Read More »

Tantalus Estate, Waiheke

As I’m up to my ears in wine all week, I don’t make a habit of visiting producers on my days off. But a long standing invitation to taste the wines made by one of my students, Alex Perez, at Tantalus Estate on Waiheke Island proved irresistible. With relatives visiting from New York and a… Read More »

Hippies, unite here

  Human life depends upon the soil and yet we abuse it, degrade it, pour endless indelible chemicals upon it and suck the very life from it. Crazy, no? And yet apparently it’s people who practise organic and biodynamics who are the crazy ones. Yes that’s right, it’s those people who nurture, value and place… Read More »

Alto Adige

I’d never been to Alto Adige so an opportunity to visit was one I couldn’t refuse.  Alto Adige is a small (5400 hectare) but incredibly diverse region.

2016 Decanter World Wine Awards

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 »