Wine and Food matching…

August 15th, 2010 | Read Full Post

bugs China is often seen as the great opportunity for wine exporters (all those people , if only 0.5% of the population drank a glass of wine a day etc etc) but what do we really know about the culture? A friend has just forwarded a few photos from a recent trip to Chengdu in China. Heres a few bugs on sticks at a local street market. Quite nice by all accounts but ...

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Source of Joy…

August 12th, 2010 | Read Full Post

georges road vineyard Source of the soon-to-be-released Sandihurst 2009 Waipara Pinot Gris and Riesling - the Georges Road Vineyard. Currently in the middle of pruning and a general pre harvest tidy up. The block has been heavy cut and is about half pulled out. Maybe a third is trimmed and tied down. Its quite a mission and hard physical work too. Taken hourly, progress can seem quite slow but after ...

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Riesling Rendezvous…

August 5th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Filmed at the recent Riesling Rendezvous event in the Seattle, Etienne Hugel talks to WinePress about all things Riesling. There is also a little more feedback on the conference at these other sites. All well worth reading. The Wine Hub , The Gray Market Report, Wine Peeps and JoelButlerMW. New Zealand was represented by Forrest, Villa and ...

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August at Sandihurst…

August 4th, 2010 | Read Full Post

riesling 2010 005 Into August now, possibly only another 6 weeks from bud burst. Hard to believe (its still cold here) but it certainly lighter in the mornings and evening now. Heres a quick update of things around Sandihurst. Out in the vineyard its cold and July was quite a wet month. Pruning is the major task at hand and looks on track to be completed in time for budburst (approximately ...

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Tweeting twits twogether…

August 2nd, 2010 | Read Full Post

twits There is a growing number of New Zealand wineries using  Twitter and Facebook these days. So I thought Id give them a plug because it all helps and ocassionally we've even got something interesting to say. I'll just add the Twitter links and you can take it from there.   @sandihurstwine, @greystonewines, @fiascowines, @giesenwines, @tewharerawines, @saintclairwine, @mvpinot, @durvilleawines, @nautilusestate, @invivowines, @wairauriver, @villamaria_wine, @thewildrockguy, @crossroadswines, @thecrossingsnz, @toreawines, @larrymcpinot, @sileni_estates, @elephanthill, @forrestwines_nz, @lake_chalice, @mishasvineyard, @drumsara_pinot, ...

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Watch out world…

July 30th, 2010 | Read Full Post

You have been warned, watch out world Thanks Pacific Rim. Good luck with the harvest.

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Out in the vineyards…

July 28th, 2010 | Read Full Post

the three deans mountain range in waipara Pruning is in full swing. Heres a few shots from the Georges Road vineyard in Waipara. mid row awaiting the mulcher Heavy cuts made, wood pulled out to the mid row awaiting a good mulching. row 18 Row 18 waits ...

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A vine idea…

July 25th, 2010 | Read Full Post

sheepdags Just reading over on wineanorak about Pisa Range, a small producer in Central Otago. Theres a comment about trialling sheep dags as a weed suppressant in the vineyard. This seems to be a classic piece of Kiwi number 8 wire styled ingenuity. And no reason why it shouldnt work. The dags probably not only block out light from the soil but could also act as a heat sink much in the same ...

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Im a Terroirist, not a terrorist…

July 22nd, 2010 | Read Full Post

Airline cutlery goes to good home Ive been doing some lab trials for our 2010 white wines (Riesling and Pinot Gris) to determine the level of Bentonite that will be required in order to make the wines protein stable. Its a fairly essential step as a wine that is not protein stable and stored too warm, can throw a fairly unslightly haze in the bottle that would ...

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Refreshing…

July 21st, 2010 | Read Full Post

wine snob at work on food Always great when you come across something quite refreshing. Heres a snippet from the recent winedirect newsletter about one of their recent Rhone arrivals. They love the wine but its good to see them telling it like it is because we all know the wine industry has its fair share of precious souls....     

Domaine Roger Sabon is a relatively new agency for

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