New Zealand Wine Reviews

A skilful balance

A skilful balance

There was a time when I felt that the words dry and wit made an acceptable pairing but dry and Riesling did not.

Today's drinkers spoilt for choice

Today's drinkers spoilt for choice

When I think of the word fashion, it conjures images of designers, catwalks and svelte models.

Pinot noir reigns among red grape plantings

Pinot noir reigns among red grape plantings

Pinot noir is the most widely planted red grape in New Zealand, making up 70% of our red grape vines and just over 15% of our total vineyard area.

Chardonnay back, in elegant robes

Chardonnay back, in elegant robes

Many wine-lovers will remember the unofficial ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) movement, which had its heyday 10-15 years ago.

Food and wine at the table

Food and wine at the table

My wife's brother-in-law is in many ways not your typical Italian.

Enhancing the experience

Enhancing the experience

The jury is still out on all the perceived benefits of decanting your wine; however, there are many valid reasons why it is worthwhile doing.

Sweetness - but not light

Sweetness - but not light

Joining me on the tasting panel today for this swathe of dessert wines were Dunedin wine enthusiasts Alastair McLaren and Ricky Collins.

Healthy soils, healthy vines the aim

Healthy soils, healthy vines the aim

There are some who think Organics is a character in the Asterix comic strip; others have visions of long-haired hippies wearing kaftans and Porridge sandals. The reality, however, is somewhat different.

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