In this week's Wine Times, Mark Henderson recommends some books about wine and wine makers, and tries out three chardonnays.
The festive season brings many occasions and get-togethers. Mark Henderson has a few suggestions on the liquids side.
Commercial pressures often mean new vintages are quickly on to the market but here we have a crop from vintage 2013, and almost all new releases. What's that saying? ''Thirteen, lucky for some''.
Our first commercial release of syrah in the modern age was just 25 years ago.
Not that terribly long ago, rose was very much a summer tipple and bottles left on retailers' shelves at the end of March sat unloved until late spring, says reviewer Mark Henderson.
In a local twist on a trend that has been gathering momentum overseas (that of urban wineries), earlier this year, Central Otago winemaker Brendan Seal ran a pop-up winery in the old Gresham Hotel...
Mark Henderson samples some pinot noir.
Glance around the shelves of the local wine shop and medal stickers glisten temptingly from all sides.
Mark Henderson previews some wine events around the country and samples some gruner and gewurztraminer.
Wine reviewer Mark Henderson is enjoying reacquainting himself with chardonnay.
Mark Henderson shares tips on learning more about wine.
A recent Sunday afternoon saw 15 friends and wine-lovers crowd my lounge to take part in the annual Blind Chicken Wine Options competition, Mark Henderson writes.
Wine reviewer Mark Henderson explains what's meant by vintage.
Mark Henderson samples some fine pinot noir.
New Zealand winemakers are dabbling in fascinating blended wines, reviewer Mark Henderson discovers.
The vineyard owners of the Bannockburn region in Central Otago have come together to produce a vineyard map for the entire sub-region, reviewer Mark Henderson writes.
Recent years have seen more and more talk of sub-regionality in Central Otago: so rather than a Central style, we should think of the wines from Bannockburn, or Bendigo, Gibbston or Alexandra as being quite distinct, reviewer Mike Henderson says.
I recently attended a masterclass of d'Arenberg wines with winemaker Toby Porter. D'Arenberg is one of Australia's "First Families of Wine'', with four generations of family ownership dating back over 100 years, and is based a short drive south of Adelaide in McLaren Vale.
When it comes to serving wine it pays to read the label, reviewer Mark Henderson finds.
This week reviewer Mark Henderson enjoys some very drinkable chardonnay.