After a string of pinot noir tastings, the dynamic duo of Collins and McLaren sat down with me for a tasting of sauvignon blanc, highlighting a number of value offerings.
Some love their oysters cooked, others insist on them raw: whichever your preference, there are several sublime wine pairings to take the experience to another level.
The 2017 vintage reports I received from Misha's Vineyard, Grasshopper Rock and others provided sobering reading: a warm early spring shifted to a cold, wet December and very cool January,...
I've recently had the opportunity to taste my way through a swathe of 2017 pinot noirs from Otago.
Having some understanding of where and how a glass of wine is grown and made adds another layer of interest to the total experience, writes Mark Henderson.
During the recent grape harvest, a small window of opportunity allowed me to scamper up the hill to the Prophet's Rock Vineyard in Bendigo, where I met Paul Pujol and Francois Millet.
Regular readers will know I try to taste (and report back on) wines in flights of comparable wines.
The 2016 growing season in Hawke's Bay was cooler early, but a warmer January, February and March saw growing degree days catch up to the long-term average.
I'm often approached by people celebrating a significant event - a wedding, a birth, the founding of a new business - wishing to buy wines from that same year to open in the future.
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.