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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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Down in the Cellar with Gordon Russell | Esk Valley

Specialist Cellars sits down with Gordon Russell from Esk Valley to discuss all things wine in our “Down In The Cellar” series. Who do you admire most in the world of wine and why? “I find this impossible to answer as the world over there are people daily putting their sweat, money, and reputations into […]

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Down in the Cellar with Ben Glover | Zephyr Wines

The New Zealand Cellar sits down with Ben Glover from Zephyr Wines to discuss all things wine in our “Down In The Cellar” series. Ben Glover, also called The Janitor of the Glover family and Zephyr heritage has become an outstanding winemaker with incredible background experience as a Wine Marlborough committee member, chair of the […]

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Anna Seifried from Seifried Wines Talks with Specialist Cellars

Who do you admire most in the world of wine and why? Sounds cheesy to say, but I’d have to say my Dad, Hermann.  A true pioneer of the NZ wine scene, he was one of New Zealand’s first qualified oenologists (prior to this most Kiwi winemakers were from a food science background). When you […]

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Matthew Sutherland from Dog Point Talks with Specialist Cellars

The New Zealand Cellar sits down with Matthew Sutherland from Dog Point to discuss all things wine in our “Down In The Cellar” series. Who do you admire most in the world of wine and why? Probably my father. He is a pioneer of the industry in Marlborough and is probably the hardest worker I know. […]

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