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.
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.
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.