Geographers, and those with an interest in the Arab world, will recognise Muscat as the capital of Oman.
July is a busy time for young winery and vineyard staff from Central Otago, with competitions taking place.
Nearly a decade ago as the GFC bit, we saw amazing wine specials in our supermarkets, as wineries, eager to shed inventory and gain turnover (in what were difficult times), slashed prices.
After several weeks of winter red-themed columns, it seemed like the right time to break out, and what better than one of my old favourites: riesling.
I'm using my slow cooker year-round nowadays, yet with the shortest day just passed, and winter's icy chill upon us, this form of cooking has even greater appeal.
Late April saw news filtering out from Portugal of the two major port companies declaring their 2016 Vintage Ports across all the wineries in their portfolios.
Putting together today's tasting felt a bit like covering all the bases - four wines that hit the value-for-money button (and will all probably sell on special for less than $15); check.
I note that a collective of syrah producers recently met in Auckland to discuss promotion and market penetration in New Zealand, enlisting the help of some of our senior masters of wine.
We've had a delightful autumn this year, largely holding the inevitability of winter at bay. Yet with the gathering gloom of the shortest day less than a month away, winter's icy grip is looming.
Late April saw the launch of the 2018 edition of the Fine Wines of New Zealand list by Air New Zealand.
The highly respected Drinks International magazine has just released its seventh annual ''most admired wine brands'' list, our own Felton Road Wines from Central climbing into the top 10 (after...
Journalist, author, beer columnist, and Earnscleugh resident Ric Oram has published a book on the Alexandra wine region.
One indication of the changing face of wine retailing in New Zealand is the plethora of ``foreign wines'' that can now be found on our shelves.
Today's article is not about friendly vegans, but rather, what makes a wine vegan (or vegan friendly)?
Recommended retail prices (RRPs) are a funny thing and can sometimes seem to have little to recommend them (forgive the play on words), writes wine reviewer Mark Henderson.