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Marijana Brajkovich from Kumeu River Talks with Specialist Cellars

Who do you admire most in the world of wine and why? I have two – Melba Brajkovich – Maté and later Melba established Kumeu River in 1944 and ensured a legacy for us – their four children to continue. Secondly Jancis Robinson who has made understanding wine accessible for all wine lovers. What wine […]

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Biodynamic Winemaking with James Millton and Anna Flowerday

What is the simplest way you can explain biodynamic winemaking to someone who has never been exposed to it before? Anna: It’s old school farming, honestly that’s the easiest way to explain it. People used to farm by the moon calendar, they used to use stuff like cover crops. We’re just working with nature instead […]

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Andrew Donaldson from Akitu Wines Talks with Specialist Cellars

Who do you admire most in the world of wine and why? – Dan Sims from Pinot Palooza – the wine industry seems to be thigh-deep in people intent on intermediating the consumers experience – drink that, you taste like this, this is good, that is bad.  The Pinot Palooza team ignore all that, they […]

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Zoe Ladyman from Akarua Visits Specialist Cellars

Specialist Cellars sits down with Zoe Ladyman of Akarua 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? You know I love great writers about wine, writers who write really emotively and expressively about wine. My ex boss, Tim Stock […]

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International Sauvignon Blanc Conference 2019 | Marlborough, NZ

Every 4 years more than 250 very important delegates congregate in Marlborough to bask in a series of seminars, discussions and tastings to showcase New Zealand’s most iconic grape; Sauvignon Blanc. Having been lucky enough to attend the inaugural conference in 2016, I was thrilled to be invited back for the next instalment hosted by […]

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Hawke’s Bay’s “Must Do’s” for Food and Wine Lovers

Hawke’s Bay is the fruit bowl of New Zealand & the oldest wine region in the country, responsible for producing premium Syrah, Bordeaux style blends and amazing Chardonnay. The areas sub-regions and diverse soil types make this a wine and food lover’s dream destination. We have selected the top 10 must see and do while […]

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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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