I must admit that Mr Collins and I went into this tasting with some "emotional baggage'', though we always remain open-minded.
This was a fascinating tasting for Mr Collins, Mr McLaren and me as it was a compelling example of the benefits of giving wines some time to "breathe''.
Amongst the plethora of new grapes beginning to spread over our vinous landscape is the white grape Gruner Veltliner.
Aussies Shiraz. I cut my vinous milk teeth on wines like this.
Recent figures released by New Zealand Winegrowers show that in 2016 the US (the world's largest market for wine) imported $US400 million ($NZ571 million) of our wine, making NZ the third-largest...
The language we speak is constantly evolving as new words and terminology are adopted into usage, yet at times, facets of our daily lives have evolved faster than language. ''Corkage'' may be a...
Beaujolais (the wine and the region in France) is on my mind as I plan to visit the area this year, roughly half an hour's drive northeast of the city of Lyon, Beaujolais: produced from the red...
Mark Henderson enjoys some malbec.
Magnificent pairings whet the appetite of wine lovers. Highly regarded, but contrasting vintages can lead to friendly debate as to which is the ''better'' year.
I was delighted to receive the Gimblett Gravels Selection to review, as were my two tasting colleagues Messers Collins and McLaren.
This collection of wines showed the diversity in the marketplace today, covering a range of price points from the user friendly $20 (and quite probably lower on promo) to $30, $40 and above.
I've mentioned before in this column that rose is now very much a year-round tipple, yet that premise may have been tested by our rather dismal summer.
Riesling is one of those grape varieties much loved by winemakers and the trade but can be a wine that punters can’t quite get their head around. As a riesling lover, I find that a shame, as in its...
A couple of terms may confuse the novice wine enthusiast: horizontal and vertical wine tastings.
It is an important time in Wellington for New Zealand wine, and for New Zealand pinot noir in particular.
Last week's attempt to shine a little sunshine through the lens of a glass of sauvignon blanc might be deemed a dismal failure, given the weather bomb that made its way up the island on Wednesday.
Sauvignon Blanc is a year-round wine for most wine drinkers but I have to buck the trend. There is something about the vibrant summer sunshine in a glass of sauv that shrieks to me of ... well,...
With a number of Marlborough wines in the tasting today, please spare a thought for the wineries after the destructive earthquakes, for the losses and damage that they have suffered.
At the Sauvignon Blanc Celebration in Marlborough earlier this year, a couple of influential overseas critics cautioned against wholesale changes to the style of wine.
Petit Manseng is not a grape that regularly trips off the tongue of New Zealand wine lovers. However, a small band of pioneers already has great hopes for this unsung French white variety.