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2012 Rippon Gamay Noir

I have arrived rather late at the gamay appreciation party. Starting out in the UK wine trade in the mid 1980s, my only exposure to gamay was on Beaujolais Nouveau Day when I had to get up at an ungodly hour to unload a van full of thin, charmless red wine.

Disappointing Pinot

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 »