With two-thirds of today’s chardonnays being from Central Otago, I find myself casting my mind back several years to a time when they were far less ‘‘in demand’’.
I've mentioned in an earlier column that the 2019 vintage Central pinot noirs are in the majority on the shelves, but there are a number of wineries that hold their wines back for later release and...
As part of the school from home that all families went through during lockdown a wee while back, my wife and I did a little vocabulary exercise with our daughter.
Spring is a time to branch out and explore some of those less common wines that you’ve seen on the shelves, but parked in the back of your mind.
While there may be an urge to gravitate to springtime whites, there will always be a place for fuller-bodied reds, particularly on those cooler nights.
If you’ve been perusing wine aisles recently, you may have noticed growth in low and zero-alcohol wines.
I've said it before and I’ll say it again, ‘I like my job’.
What is it about Central Otago that attracts so many young women to the wine industry?
Inspired by the Greek god of wind (and their 1965 Mk III Zephyr), Zephyr Wines is very much a family business. The first vines were planted in 1988, and it is now moving to Bio-Gro certified organic.
Exciting for me in the latest collection to taste my very first wine from the 2021 vintage, from the Jules Taylor stable.
In life you might question someone who goes by an alias, but in the world of grape varieties this is all very commonplace.
Once just a light, lunchtime quaffer for French farm workers, piquette is undergoing a resurgence.
Fortified wines in all their guises, which may seem just a bit too full on in the heat of summer, truly come into their own as the temperature falls.
One of my regular tasting colleagues was in Central Otago recently and, as one does, managed to fit in a few pleasurable cellar door visits.
Today's line-up allowed me to compare a quartet of Central Otago chardonnays with a Hawke’s Bay pairing.
Today's collection covers a couple of bases with a trio of rose taking the lead.
A press release from Pegasus Bay arrived in my inbox recently, celebrating their 30th vintage.
Many wine enthusiasts enjoy a wide range of flavour experiences, and boutique spirits fit that bill.
For all its many devotees, every day can be a sauvignon blanc day given its accessibility, affordability and sheer all-around drinkability.
As our quarantine-free air corridors to Australia open, money will be spent on goods and services in both countries: a lifeline for a number of businesses.