In recent years the whisky industry has borrowed from the
Joining me on the tasting panel today were Dunedin wine
enthusiasts Alastair McLaren and Ricky Collins.
A vaulted cellar, serried ranks of dusty bottles gaining in
profundity, exclusivity and value with the passage of time,
as the mysterious alchemy that is ageing transforms humble
bottles into things of wonderment.
You are sitting in a moodily-lit restaurant perusing the wine
list, wanting to impress your dinner date: wine waiter
standing over you.
Highly respected publication Drinks International, which
focuses exclusively on the global wine, beer and spirits
market, has released its annual ''Most Admired Wine Brands''
The Black Caps' recent prowess in the Cricket World Cup has
brought a strong vein of pride and patriotism to the fore.
As you read these lines spare a thought for the wineries of
Central Otago: harvest is getting under way.
Late last year I joined friends for a week in France's
southern Rhone. Visiting wineries there, a recurring theme
was succession; of passing the baton to the next generation.
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