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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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Australian Wine Region – Tasmania

THE ISLAND OF PLENTY The small island state to the south is a treasure trove of stunning landscapes, fresh produce and world class premium wines. Tasmania’s wine credentials are based on quality over quantity. There are seven sub-regions on Tasmania including: The Tamar Valley, Pipers River, East Coast, North West, Down South, Coal River Valley […]

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Australian Wine Region – New South Wales

THE BIRTHPLACE OF AUSSIE WINE New South Wales (NSW) is Australia’s oldest wine region – The first grape vines were brought over on the first fleet and planted at Sydney cove in 1788. New South Wales is also the 2nd largest producer of wine in the country, responsible for 30% of Australia’s wine production. NSW has a total […]

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Australian Wine Region – Western Australia

ANCIENT EARTH, TALL SKIES & PRISTINE WATERS One of the most geographically isolated and pure wine regions in the world, Western Australia (WA) is the largest state in Australia by land mass and is home to 9 specific wine regions concentrated in the South West corner. The sub-regions of WA include: Swan District, Perth Hills, Peel, Geographe, Blackwood […]

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Australian Wine Region – South Australia

THE WINE CAPITAL OF AUSTRALIA South Australia is home to some of the premier wine regions in Australia including: Barossa Valley, Mclaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and the Adelaide Hills. This collection of great wine growing regions has earned South Australia the prestigious title of the ‘Capital of Australia Wine’ and one of the nine Great Wine […]

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Australian Wine Region – Queensland

WINE REGION ON THE RISE Queensland is not typically the first region that comes to mind when you think of ‘Australian Wine’, however this region has wine history that dates back over 150 years. In more recent times Queensland has experienced significant growth, particularly in the last 10 years – There are now over 1500 […]

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