For some obscure reason, Compo came into my mind the other day - not the ACC mind you, but the character in the TV series The Last of the Summer Wine, writes Mike Henderson.
My tasting amigos, Collins and McLaren, joined me once again to taste this collection.
As many of you will know, I taste the wines for this column “single blind”.
Having made Drinks International's top 10 for the past four years, Villa Maria leapt into a podium spot, ranked No 3 in the world.
As you read this, preparations for harvest 2019 in Otago will be getting under way: machinery is checked and re-checked, tanks and barrels are cleaned, and wineries are generally made shipshape for...
After an early surge of enthusiasm was dampened by spring and early summer rains, my barbecue has sat somewhat forlornly unwanted on the deck.
My good friends and tasting buddies Messrs Collins and McLaren recently attended a Sunday tasting with friends (which, sadly, I was unable to attend). The theme was 'What I want to drink more of in...
The recent hot days have had me wavering in my wine choices, with the temperatures seemingly demanding a coolish white, while I'm yearning for a red (popping a red into the fridge for 15 minutes on...
Glera will mean nothing to most of you - it's the rather dull name for the grape variety that, until 2009, was known as prosecco.
The last fortnight has been a hectic and important one for the New Zealand wine industry, Mark Henderson writes.
As we move into what should be warm and settled weather, it's time for riesling and rose, writes Mark Henderson.
Mark Henderson suggests some wines that may broaden your horizons.
After acquiring ''the wine bug'' many years ago, it was a natural progression to visit winery cellar doors, Mark Henderson writes.
Among the rush of last-minute things to do before Christmas, there is also the decision of what wines to serve on the day itself.
If you asked most consumers to name a style of bubbly, there is little doubt that Champagne would top the chart, yet there are a raft of other styles produced around the world, writes Mark Henderson.
Today's tasting flight was a classic example of what a little air (and time) can add to a wine, writes Mark Henderson.
With rosé firmly in the ascendancy, there/s a high likelihood that it is going to cross your path over the festive season, says Mark Henderson.
Some things are made to go together: ham and cheese, Vegemite and avocado, Champagne and oysters - items that are delicious by themselves but form an even more enticing harmony and synergy when...
My inbox is getting its fair share of press releases as results from a swag of recent wine shows go public and are published.
My first tasting after an overseas break, with Messrs Collins and McLaren champing at the bit to join me. A line-up of 2016 New Zealand syrah beckoned, covering the gamut of price points, and...