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Why we should drink red wine chilled

Hey, hey, hey New World Wine Warriors! Long time no speak. We know you missed our blogs, so we have decided to slowly introduce them back into the flow on our website. Take it easy on us because we have a new girl on the ropes for this writing stream – our social media warrior […]

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¡ New World Icons ! pt.2 – The Women

Cullen Vanya Cullen has been wine making at her family’s Wilyabrup estate since 1983. Cullen Wines while remaining family owned has since evolved making quality wine from a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. Vanya was inducted into the Australian Business Women’s 2015 Hall of Fame which honours and celebrates Australian female business owners who […]

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¡ New World Icons ! pt.1

Tyrrell’s One of Australia’s founding wine families established in 1858, hailing from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. Now headed up by 4th generation family member Bruce Tyrrell, they produce some of Australia’s most iconic and awarded wines. Tyrrells’s Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon is one such wine. This is the pinnacle of one […]

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Mr. James Busby

February 7th marks the birthday of James Busby, widely regarded as the father of the Australian wine industry. Busby brought vine cuttings from Europe to New South Wales in the 1820’s, and planted a small vineyard in Cabramatta in Sydney’s west. Busby soon published his first book on the subject, A Treatise on the Culture […]

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Natural, Organic, Bio – Oh My!!!

Organic, Biodynamic or Natural… three of the more seemingly interchangeable wine terms hitting the headlines over the past 2 to 3 years! There is so much grey area and mystique surrounding these 3 in-vogue categories, particularly when one considers that essentially, they represent a return to simpler methods in both the vineyard and winery. The […]

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Veganuary!

You may have noticed Veganuary as the buzzword around town this Jan, it’s all the rage. Not limited to food and wine, Vegan products now run the gamut through to soaps and clothes. I’ll admit to enjoying my meat-based products, however it’s easy to spot the virtues and positive impacts of the Vegan way. There […]

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All Blacks RWC 2019 Starting XV & New Zealand Wine Match

As a rugby obsessed country the Rugby World Cup (RWC), hosted by Japan, is a time of celebration, expectations and sometimes heartbreak, but above all there is hope. This is our chance to showcase the All Blacks, our culture and our talent on the world stage. As for favorites (once again), it is New Zealand’s […]

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Down In The Cellar with Hugh Crichton | Vidal Estate

The New Zealand Cellar sits down with Hugh Crichton from Vidal Estate to discuss all things wine in our “Down In The Cellar” series.  Who do you admire most in the world of wine and why? That’s a difficult question given there are so many great people in the world of wine but if I […]

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Down In The Cellar | Organic Wine Makers

Specialist Cellars sits down with Organic Winemakers to discuss all things wine & organic in our “Down In The Cellar” series special.  From the 16th to the 22nd of September, The Organic Winegrowers New Zealand (OWNZ) will be celebrating New Zealand Organic Wine week in partnership with a number of restaurants, online stores and wine […]

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Organic Wine

Ok, So this is never the easiest question to answer… In the USA wine can only legally be called organic if no sulfites are added during the winemaking process – although they can add “made with organic grapes” if they have added Sulfites. Sulfites for those that don’t know is an inclusive name for Sulfur […]

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Winter Warmers: Our Ultimate Survival Kit

As the nights draw in and we say goodbye to the last vestiges of our summer tans drinking priorities take a turn to deep, luscious, warming winter reds. Thankfully this needn’t signal the advent of teeth stained smiles and unremovable stains as more and more winemakers pull back on alcohol and extraction without compromising inherent […]

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How to Taste New Zealand Wine

Typical NZ wine styles From Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to Central Otago Pinot Noir it is no wonder the world has fallen in love with New Zealand wine. New Zealand is a New World wine region with a moderate to cool climate with wines. The wines produced in New Zealand can share similar characteristics to other […]

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