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Natural, Organic, Bio – Oh My!!!

Organic, Biodynamic or Natural… three of the more seemingly interchangeable wine terms hitting the headlines over the past 2 to 3 years! There is so much grey area and mystique surrounding these 3 in-vogue categories, particularly when one considers that essentially, they represent a return to simpler methods in both the vineyard and winery. The […]

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Veganuary!

You may have noticed Veganuary as the buzzword around town this Jan, it’s all the rage. Not limited to food and wine, Vegan products now run the gamut through to soaps and clothes. I’ll admit to enjoying my meat-based products, however it’s easy to spot the virtues and positive impacts of the Vegan way. There […]

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The New Home of South African Wine Making

To celebrate the launch of our brand new South African collection we delve into one of the most exciting wine regions in the world… “I reckon in a decade’s time we’ll look back and say: ‘I was there.’ For this is when South African fine wine came of age.” Jamie Goode What does your relationship […]

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Our Christmas Wishlist

Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? We have the ultimate guide that will help you fall in love with wine this winter season (if you weren’t already obsessed!). Whether you’re a sucker for a silky red or you’re a white wine fanatic, we have a selection that will stop you right in your wine-searching […]

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Melanie Brown | Chef, entrepreneur, restauranteur, now wine producer

This week we’re talking to our own Queen B, Melanie Brown.  She’s founded The New Zealand Cellar in 2014, The Australian Cellar in 2018, The Laundry Restaurant at Walton Lodge in Brixton which just opened last week, and creator of New Press Wines, launching 08 November exclusively at Specialist Cellars and The Laundry at Walton […]

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Behind Pinot Palooza with Dan Sims

What is Pinot Palooza and why are you so obsessed? Put simply, it’s a Pinot Noir party. Looking back to when we started the whole thing in 2012, I was becoming increasingly frustrated that every time I had a discussions around Pinot Noir I was surrounded by (generally) older men telling me what I didn’t […]

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All Blacks RWC 2019 Starting XV & New Zealand Wine Match

As a rugby obsessed country the Rugby World Cup (RWC), hosted by Japan, is a time of celebration, expectations and sometimes heartbreak, but above all there is hope. This is our chance to showcase the All Blacks, our culture and our talent on the world stage. As for favorites (once again), it is New Zealand’s […]

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Down In The Cellar with Hugh Crichton | Vidal Estate

The New Zealand Cellar sits down with Hugh Crichton from Vidal Estate to discuss all things wine in our “Down In The Cellar” series.  Who do you admire most in the world of wine and why? That’s a difficult question given there are so many great people in the world of wine but if I […]

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Down In The Cellar | Organic Wine Makers

Specialist Cellars sits down with Organic Winemakers to discuss all things wine & organic in our “Down In The Cellar” series special.  From the 16th to the 22nd of September, The Organic Winegrowers New Zealand (OWNZ) will be celebrating New Zealand Organic Wine week in partnership with a number of restaurants, online stores and wine […]

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Organic Wine

Ok, So this is never the easiest question to answer… In the USA wine can only legally be called organic if no sulfites are added during the winemaking process – although they can add “made with organic grapes” if they have added Sulfites. Sulfites for those that don’t know is an inclusive name for Sulfur […]

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Winter Warmers: Our Ultimate Survival Kit

As the nights draw in and we say goodbye to the last vestiges of our summer tans drinking priorities take a turn to deep, luscious, warming winter reds. Thankfully this needn’t signal the advent of teeth stained smiles and unremovable stains as more and more winemakers pull back on alcohol and extraction without compromising inherent […]

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How to Taste New Zealand Wine

Typical NZ wine styles From Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to Central Otago Pinot Noir it is no wonder the world has fallen in love with New Zealand wine. New Zealand is a New World wine region with a moderate to cool climate with wines. The wines produced in New Zealand can share similar characteristics to other […]

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