Due to Covid restrictions, Alexandra locals held a tasting and a winegrowers dinner this year instead of a public event, and invited Mark Henderson along.
It feels like a bit of a race to the (Christmas Day) finish line at the moment as I compare the dwindling number of Wednesday columns to the burgeoning number of wines I would like to taste and...
Merlot combines the depth of flavour to tackle Christmas ham or poultry, yet won't overpower these dishes - and also goes well with fruitcake.
I’m increasingly aware of the sense of history in Central Otago’s wine industry. Featuring today are Chard Farm, an ‘‘old hand’’ founded in 1987.
There's a new kid in town with the release of the Tipping Point range of wines in their distinctive, funky, squat bottle. Tipping Point is a collaboration between renowned restaurateur, author and...
The pinot gris juggernaut shows no signs of slowing, and after a relatively stable period, plantings have once again increased over the last couple of years.
he New World Wine Awards Top 50 wines went live in October showcasing wines in the Under $15, Under $20 and Under $25 categories.
Regular readers will know that I always taste the wines masked and in random order, but with Riesling there is another task: bundling the wines in levels of dryness/sweetness, which I feel is...
With two-thirds of today’s chardonnays being from Central Otago, I find myself casting my mind back several years to a time when they were far less ‘‘in demand’’.
I've mentioned in an earlier column that the 2019 vintage Central pinot noirs are in the majority on the shelves, but there are a number of wineries that hold their wines back for later release and...
As part of the school from home that all families went through during lockdown a wee while back, my wife and I did a little vocabulary exercise with our daughter.
Spring is a time to branch out and explore some of those less common wines that you’ve seen on the shelves, but parked in the back of your mind.
While there may be an urge to gravitate to springtime whites, there will always be a place for fuller-bodied reds, particularly on those cooler nights.
If you’ve been perusing wine aisles recently, you may have noticed growth in low and zero-alcohol wines.
Inspired by the Greek god of wind (and their 1965 Mk III Zephyr), Zephyr Wines is very much a family business. The first vines were planted in 1988, and it is now moving to Bio-Gro certified organic.
Exciting for me in the latest collection to taste my very first wine from the 2021 vintage, from the Jules Taylor stable.