Over the years I've lost count of the people who have
approached me, sometimes breathlessly or with a
conspiratorial wink, to tell me that they have unearthed a
treasured, dusty bottle hidden in Granddad's basement.
Pinot noir is never a huge wine, instead it relies on
fragrance, finesse and texture to get its message across and
this group of wines thoroughly achieved that objective.
Wine tastings can be a fascinating experience and
expectations can often go out the window.
For enthusiasts, one of the fascinating things about wine is
the inevitability yet unpredictability of a new vintage every
Students of Central Otago wines and wine lovers in general
will be rubbing their hands with glee at the launch of the
inaugural Down to Earth wine event starting at Labour
There was a time when I felt that the words dry and wit made
an acceptable pairing but dry and Riesling did not.
When I think of the word fashion, it conjures images of
designers, catwalks and svelte models.
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.
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