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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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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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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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