Choosing a fine wine doesn't always have to cost the earth, Mark Henderson writes.
Wine reviewer Mark Henderson shares a few gift ideas for the festive season.
On a recent trip overseas, my tasting and drinking was dominated by European wines and in particular, Italian, writes wine expert Mark Henderson.
There is something magical about opening a birth-year wine, Mark Henderson writes.
Mark Henderson taste tests some Central Otago pinot noirs.
For much of my time in wine retail, consumers have had a fondness for Kiwi whites and Aussie reds and there's no doubt that cooler weather and cuddly Aussie shiraz and cabernet do go hand in hand.
Aromatics is a sort of ''catch-all'' term to cover white grape varieties that don't see any oak in their making and in which the aromas are an integral part of the wine, writes wine columnist Mark Henderson.
If climate change becomes more and more of a reality, then one of the winners might be rose, says wine columnist Mark Henderson.
There are many grape varieties that perform well on their home turf but struggle to reach the heights abroad. Chardonnay, by comparison, is the consummate traveller.
Over the years I've lost count of the people who have approached me, sometimes breathlessly or with a conspiratorial wink, to tell me that they have unearthed a treasured, dusty bottle hidden in Granddad's basement.
Pinot noir is never a huge wine, instead it relies on fragrance, finesse and texture to get its message across and this group of wines thoroughly achieved that objective.
Wine tastings can be a fascinating experience and expectations can often go out the window.
Students of Central Otago wines and wine lovers in general will be rubbing their hands with glee at the launch of the inaugural Down to Earth wine event starting at Labour weekend.
Chenin blanc's spiritual homeland is the Loire Valley in France, though the largest plantings now exist in South Africa (where it is also known as Steen) and in California's Central Valley, where its high natural acidity is seen as a foil to those warmer climates.
There was a time when I felt that the words dry and wit made an acceptable pairing but dry and Riesling did not.
When I think of the word fashion, it conjures images of designers, catwalks and svelte models.
Pinot noir is the most widely planted red grape in New Zealand, making up 70% of our red grape vines and just over 15% of our total vineyard area.
Many wine-lovers will remember the unofficial ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) movement, which had its heyday 10-15 years ago.
My wife's brother-in-law is in many ways not your typical Italian.
Joining me on the tasting panel today for this swathe of dessert wines were Dunedin wine enthusiasts Alastair McLaren and Ricky Collins.