As we (hopefully) banish the cool days of winter and transition into the longer daylight hours of spring, there is definitely a place for full-bodied white wines that can complement a meal, yet...
It's that time of year when you'll become aware of the very first wines from 2019 trickling on to the shelves as sun-warmed grapes on the vine in February and March find themselves transformed into...
Recently, I was reading Wines of the French Alps, which focuses on some very much lesser-known regions and grape varieties.
The Mercurey Young Winemaker competition is open to under-30s working in all aspects of wine production. The Otago regional competition was held last week at Vinpro in Cromwell.
As land planted to pinot noir in Central Otago has surged, the volumes of fruit and wine produced have led to a corresponding increase in lower-priced offerings.
As time goes along and vineyards, wine-makers and the industry mature, there is growing understanding and confidence as to what each vineyard will express.
There can be a perception that great vintages are always the hot, sun-kissed years but this isn't necessarily the case, particularly when it comes to pinot noir.
It can seem like the only constant in wine is change.
The changing of the seasons marks a changing of the guard for wines too, as reds overtake whites and roses in popularity.
Many years ago, I attended a trade tasting hosted by John Hancock, then chief winemaker for Trinity Hill in Hawke's Bay.
Today's assortment eschews the concept of single variety wines in favour of embracing the blend.
We humans have very good olfactory sense, that with attention and practice can detect a startlingly wide array of aromas in wine.
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.