Category Archives: nz wine

Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration

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 »

The Central Muster

“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 »

The Writer’s Block

I first met Brendan Seal when he worked at Denbies Vineyard over in the UK. We had a chat about Bacchus, a grape variety about which I knew almost nothing, to be told by Brendan that he ‘wasn’t sure he knew a lot about it either’.