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O:TU and Music Bay 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Vidal ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
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Domaine Rewa Central Otago Chardonnay 2015
Dona Paula Argentine and Carmen Chilean Wines from Red and White Cellar
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Man O’ War ‘Estate’, Privateer’ and Flagship Releases
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Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ 2016 Sauvignon, 2015 Pinot Noir and Syrah, and 2014 Merlot
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St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Wednesday 26 April 2017
The ‘St Hugo’ brand is named in honour of Hugo Gramp, grandson of Johann Gramp who was one of the pioneers of the Barossa Valley. Hugo was tragically killed in an aircrash in 1938 along with two other prominent wine industry more

Gisborne Classic Chardonnay

Monday 24 April 2017
The ‘Gisborne Classic Chardonnay’ group has been recently formed by a number of passionate Chardonnay producers to build on the reputation that the Gisborne region has in making “traditional barrel-fermented Chardonnay” more

Hugel et Fils becomes Famille Hugel

Tuesday 4 April 2017
One of the most recognised of Alsace producers, Hugel et Fils, based in Riquewihr, has been undergoing subtle changes that have brought it into the modern world to continue growing its clientele. The Hugel family refer to the company as Famille more

A Visit to Valli Vineyards

Wednesday 22 March 2017
During my first trip to Central Otago since 2014, it was essential to visit Valli Vineyards, my ‘Winery of the Year’ in 2016. Grant Taylor began the label with a 1998 Gibbston-fruited Pinot Noir, and went on to create a range of superb Otago sub-regionally expressive Pinot more

Dry River 2017 Autumn Release

Friday 10 March 2017
The 2017 Dry River Autumn Release Wellington mail order tasting was held at The Museum Hotel, as usual, and in attendance were Wilco Lam, assistant winemaker Tom Hindmarsh, and Sarah Bartlett who looks after marketing and more

German and Austrian Riesling and Terroir, with Andrew Hedley

Thursday 9 March 2017
Thoughtful winegrowers and consumers are very aware of how soils and terroir affect the taste of wine. How these tastes are manifest can be a personal and subjective experience, but generally similar terms and descriptions emanate from more

Grower Champagnes from Glengarry

Monday 6 March 2017
The category of Champagne has seen considerable changes in recent years, with the rise of ‘Grower Champagnes’. Once thought of as challengers to the Grandes Marques by consumers initially, the reality that these wines are complementary has slowly been more

Te Mata Estate Showcase 2017 – The Fabulous Fifteens

Wednesday 1 March 2017
One of the highlights of the New Zealand wine calendar, the Te Mata Estate Showcase gives hospitality and wine trade professionals, as well as keen wine enthusiasts to get an impression of the current vintage releases of Hawke’s more

Thorn-Clarke 2016 Sandpiper and 2015 Red Releases

Monday 27 February 2017
With a history of six generations of involvement in the Barossa Valley wine industry, Thorn-Clarke is one of the most-well-established family wine labels. Owned by David and Cheryl (nee Thorn) Clarke, sixth generation members Sam and Nicole are more

A Tasting of Ornellaia

Thursday 9 February 2017
The Ornellaia Estate produces some of the world’s most reputable wines. Based in the Bolgheri district of Tuscany, Ornellaia follows the lead of Sassicaia in making Bordeaux-styled wines of the highest quality. Established by Lodovico Antinori in more

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