My tasting associate Mr Collins and I have been sitting down to a binge of pinot noirs recently ("binge'' - now that's an interesting addition to the collective noun compendium).
A couple of weekends ago, I had a thoroughly enjoyable Saturday visiting Central Otago cellar doors.
Wine judge Jim Harre spills on the good and bad parts of drinking for a job. Melissa Nightingale reports.
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.