Pinot Noir New Zealand 2010…

March 11th, 2010 | Read Full Post

 pinot bunch The Pinot Noir NZ 2010 conference was held earlier this year in Wellington. A bi-annual celebration of New Zealands best red varietal in all its guises. Complete with fantastic keynote speakers, national and international comparative tastings and lively debate on where we fit into the world Pinot Noir scene. For those who were unable to attend you can now access all the sessions in either audio or video format on the conference ...

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Sezn Restaurant, Christchurch NZ…

March 10th, 2010 | Read Full Post

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Without a doubt one of Christchurchs best restaurants, and thats not just coming from me. Sezn is one of the most reviewed restaurants in NZ on the DineOut website (itself probably NZs best food review site), with an impressive average score at last count of 9.1/10. Take the time to read some. Christchurch you owe it to yourself to check it out. The food is beautiful, superbly presented and the service second to

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The beauty of Riesling…

March 9th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Dirk Richter of Weingut Max Ferd Richterin the Mosel talks to Austin Beeman about what makes Riesling so special. He makes some great points. A few years ago now, when I was working in Germany, I met Richter at his winery and he was kind enough to show me around, taste through all his wines and put up with ...

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The Sandihurst Label…

March 8th, 2010 | Read Full Post

shlabel 004 Nearly 20 years of Sandihurst wine here, starting with the first vintage back in 1992. The label has come a long way with Hennie & Celia taking over from the Broughs after the third bottle and dropping the woodcut look. Interestingly I dont think that third bottle featured a vintage date on the front label, it must have been on the back.  The bottles are also interesting, Im not sure that lighter green ...

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NZ Wine Fair Toronto…

March 7th, 2010 | Read Full Post

torontowinefair 006 Thursday April 29, 2010 Venue: Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, Toronto Trade Fair: 2:30pm – 5:30pm Public Fair: 7:00pm – 9:30pm Consumer Ticket cost: $60.00 Discover the fabulous array of New Zealand wines, including SANDIHURST, now available for the Ontario market and enjoy your wine experience with a sampling of fine food and cheese. The Sandihurst wines are our SAUVIGNON BLANC 2008, RIESLING 2007, and PINOT NOIR 2007 Click here to purchase tickets Click here ...

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Sandihurst Central Otago Pinot Noir…

March 7th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Jayson Bryant of Aucklands WineVault store in Grey Lynn reviews our Sandihurst Central Otago Pinot Noir 2007. He likes it and so will you. So take a look and then, good people of Auckland, give Jayson a call and get a few for your cellar or dinner table. You can even stalk Jayson if you like  - in his store, on ...

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Recipe for Success…

March 5th, 2010 | Read Full Post

bonny Ive just been reading a post over on BevLaw.com  about ingredient labelling for wine. Given the increase in labelling requirements in the past few years this would seem to be a certainty at some stage in the future. It would be interesting to get some reader feedback/comment on this. Most other food and drink related products are required to have it so why should wine be exempt. This might really place ...

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Second set removal…

March 3rd, 2010 | Read Full Post

pg10 003 Another task in the vineyard at this time of year is to remove all the SECOND SET fruit. Basically the vine in its natural vigorous state is prone to producing additonal bunches of fruit at a later stage than the orignial time of fruit-set. Being later they therefore do not ripen to the same extent. At harvest time they will be underripe with low sugar levels and too high ...

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Thinking about Chile…

March 1st, 2010 | Read Full Post

talca A scene from the city of Talca in Chile, where Pablo Molinos, a good friend of mine and fellow winemaker, lives. It took me quite a while to find out that he and his family were OK which was a little worrying. But such is the age of technology that despite the city having no lights or running water at the moment he somehow still managed to post a message on his Facebook page! ...

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Viticulture through the ages…

February 25th, 2010 | Read Full Post

the fall of man Recent historical evidence suggests that the viticultural practice of leaf plucking (in order to enhance fruit exposure) may have originated in Italian orchards towards the end of the 15th century. However, despite images such as the above Titian painting,  the practice of harvesting naked and of sending small children up the trees to reach the hard-to-get-at fruit is a theory that has now largely been discredited.

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