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Mike Bennie – Understanding Natural Wine In Australia

Natural Wines – But What Are They? Natural wine in Australia is nothing new. The near 200-year history of grape-growing and winemaking of Australia is riddled with touchstones that sit comfortably under the umbrella of natural wine. Dirt floor wineries, old, large format oak barrels, non-chemical farmed grapes, rudimentary or gentle winemaking practice, lower alcohols, wines […]

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South West London Top Food and Wine for 2018

The team at HQ have developed a love for our SW neighbourhood – the creativity, diversity and consistent evolution means no two days are the same. With exciting pop ups, hidden gems and downright delicious places at every angle you turn, it’s hard to decide where to shell out your precious time and hard earned […]

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New Zealand Wine. The Position, Perception & Challenges in the UK Market

New Zealand Wine, where are we going? On Friday 9th of November, I was lucky enough to attend a debate hosted by New Zealand Wine Growers at New Zealand House, London. Amongst a group of passionate and extremely knowledgeable wine industry folk, we were there to witness a few key members debate New Zealand’s position, perception and challenges […]

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The Australian Cellar Joins the NZ Cellar’s Garage Sale in Brixton

For the first time The Australian Cellar will be joining The New Zealand Cellar for their South London famous Garage Sale in Pop Brixton. Brixton will be a rocking with killer tunes and festive cheer and there will be plenty of Aussie and NZ wines to indulge in. Plus for those that like to get […]

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The New Zealand Cellar’s Garage Sale

For the first time ever the famous New Zealand Cellar Christmas Garage Sale will include our other half The Australian Cellar. Brixton will be a rocking with killer tunes and festive cheer and there will be plenty of Kiwi & Aussie wines to indulge in and for those that like to get a head start […]

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Christmas Red Wines 2018

Christmas arguably the biggest holiday of the year, and in New Zealand it is certainly the sunniest. We all look forward to it with equal part excitement and apprehension all in one. It’s the time of year when families come together. You all contribute to the Christmas feast, your nieces and nephews play boardgames, you […]

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The Grape Game : All Blacks VS Wallabies

On Saturday 27th the All Blacks are playing the Wallabies for the 3rd game of the Bledisloe Cup. The Kiwis are hoping for a 3 game sweep! This game is the first of the 2018 Northern Tour fixtures for both teams. We thought we better help the English familiarise themselves with the All Blacks and Wallabies players. […]

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Andy Crozier from Burn Cottage talks with Specialist Cellars

Mel Brown sits down with Andy Crozier from Burn Cottage to discuss all things wine in our “Down In The Cellar” series.   Who do you admire most in the world of wine and why? Oh my goodness …  I think it’s going to be a bit cliche but Claire Muholland, who I work with (General Manager/Associate Winemaker). If you […]

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Paul Pujol from Prophets Rock Talks with Specialist Cellars

Mel Brown sits down with Paul Pujol from Prophet’s Rock to discuss all things wine in our “Down In The Cellar” series. WHO DO YOU ADMIRE MOST IN THE WORLD OF WINE AND WHY? Its obscure – no one will guess this! Francis Burn, Gueberschwihr, Alsace single handedly keeping muscat as a varietal alive at […]

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Helen Masters from Ata Rangi Talks with Specialist Cellars

Mel Brown sits down with Helen Masters from Ata Rangi to discuss all things wine in our “Down In The Cellar” series. Who do you admire most in the world of wine and why? It’s too hard to pinpoint this down to just one person…. What wine variety are you most excited about for it’s […]

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Mike Bennie’s take on Australian Wine

“There’s never been a more exciting time for Australian wine” It’s the mantra. Dogmatic phraseology can be trite, can be bandied about too much. The thing is, it’s ringing true. Sure, there’s a standpoint that says Australian wine had its first revolution in the 1950s when Greek and Italian immigrants encouraging regular Aussie Bruce and […]

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2014 Kumeu River Maté’s Vineyard Chardonnay

2014 KUMEU RIVER MATÉ’S CHARDONNAY “One of most revered New World Chardonnay’s produced” Our latest shipment of 2014 Kumeu River Maté’s Chardonnay has landed! This wine is a royal when it comes to new world Chardonnay and routinely challenges the great wines of Burgundy in blind tastings! In high demand, there’s an extremely limited supply of Maté’s (we […]

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