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Gimblett Gravels 2016 Annual Vintage Selection

The Gimblett Gravels is an appellation just on the outskirts of Hastings in Hawke’s Bay. It is believed to be the first region in the new world defined by a combination of geolocation and soil type. The Gimblett Gravels brand is protected by copyright and members can only label their wines Gimblett Gravels if at […]

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A First For New Zealand Wine

Villa Maria named 3rd most admired wine brand in the world! Prowein 2019 was the 25th anniversary of the worlds largest and most important trade event for wine and spirits on the planet. Each Prowein event since the beginning has been held in Dusseldorf, Germany and has grown from just 321 wine exhibitors in its […]

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Vasse Felix | Margaret River’s first Winery

An Interview with Vasse Felix’s Paul Holmes à Court Margaret River Western Australia’s iconic wine region: Only 3% of Australian wine is produced in the Margaret River, however approximately 20% of the wine classified as Premium Wine produced in Australia comes from the Margaret, so it is certainly fair to say this region is pretty high […]

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Rosie Finn from Neudorf Visits Specialist Cellars

Mel sits down with Rosie Finn of Neudorf wines to talk all things wine in our “down in the cellar” series.  WHO DO YOU ADMIRE MOST IN THE WORLD OF WINE AND WHY? There are too many people I could write about here… my parents, the team I work with at Neudorf, Melanie Brown, the […]

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New Zealand Riesling Styles and Wine Regions

Firstly lets talk pronunciation – its REE-SLING, you must forget the ‘i’ even exists, for fear of sounding like you really don’t know this traditional German grape. Riesling is made in an abundance of different styles, of different sweetnesses from a plethora of different cool climate countries. This can ultimately mean several things, a) Riesling […]

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Central Otago’s Top 10 “Must Do” for Wine Tourists

Central Otago – the South Island’s most picturesque landscape (well according to a totally biased ex resident of the area). When it comes to New Zealand and wine, most people will know that Central Otago is known for its world class Pinot Noirs, as the hot dry summers and cool winters provide perfect growing conditions. […]

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Australian Red Wine in the UK

We’ve been following (albeit tracking) with great interest the UK’s ongoing love affair with this charismatic red wine producing country. No sooner had we seen the vivacious success New Zealand wine had offered we were quickly catapulted into the arrival of small, boutique hand-crafted wines being produced by a ‘new wave’ of Australian wine producers. […]

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All We Want to Drink is NZ Chardonnay

New Zealand Chardonnay : My soft spot. Having had the pleasure of attending the New Zealand Chardonnay symposium in Gisborne earlier this month, my love of New Zealand’s most widely planted grape was solidified. And by widely planted, I can confirm it is the only grape that is planted and flourishes in every single region […]

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Exploring Vegan Wine & Where To Find Vegan Wine In The UK

What is Vegan Wine? Isn’t all wine Vegan?? It’s just grapes right??? Well, in fact it is extremely common for wine to contain traces of animal products. These animal products are not added to the wine but are used in “conventional” winemaking techniques. The most common fining agents to be used are egg whites, gelatine, […]

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Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 2019

Mel Brown got everything she was hoping for and more at The Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 2019 which has established itself as a premier event on the international wine calendar. Each year this three day events hosts more than 200 people from across the globe, converging in one of the most dynamic and spectacular […]

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Mike Paterson from Corofin Wines Talks with Specialist Cellars

Mel Brown sits down with Mike Paterson from Corofin Wines 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 would say a winemaker but I am going to have to think twice about that. There are a lot of people involved […]

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10 Years Of Greywacke in the UK | An Insight with Kevin Judd

10 Years of Greywacke | A special London tasting In 2009, one of the most acclaimed winemakers in New Zealand decided it was time to venture out on his own and walk away from 25 years of being head winemaker for Cloudy Bay, the winery responsible for cementing NZ’s place as one of the premier […]

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