As a wine writer for several publications I taste many wines each week, some are sent as samples by wine companies, some are from our cellar, some we buy and others dinner guests bring along to share with us. I will publish tasting notes for most of them, if I taste a wine several times over the years I will include ‘re-tasted’ notes so you can see how a wine is aging if you happen to have it in your cellar.

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The Touring Guide section is where I will recommend great places to visit, wines to hunt out, restaurants to indulge yourself and things to do when you are on holiday, whether it is in my home region of Nelson, other places in New Zealand or overseas.

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Recent Columns

Jellyfish Restaurant and Bar – Nelson Mail 20.09.17

Sitting on the new deck at Jellyfish Restaurant with views across the wharf and down the estuary to the open sea, is arguably the best waterside aspect in the region. TDC recently repaired the heritage wharf-side building that is home to Jellyfish, the old rotten timber wharf was re-strengthened and the building was fully rewired […]

FORD’s Restaurant & Bar – Nelson Mail 13.09.17

The building FORD’S Restaurant is located in at the top of Trafalgar Street has had many iterations as a café or restaurant since the late 1980’s. I can’t remember what business was operating in the premises before Jane and the late Nigel Price renovated the old building and turned it into Nelson’s first coffee roastery, […]

Kahurangi Liquor Distributors – Nelson Mail 06.09.17

A couple of years ago I wrote a column about Kahurangi Liquor Distributors and the Port wines they import and distribute; just over a week ago Greg and Amanda Day invited me to a luncheon with other wine writers to taste some of a new range they are importing from Chile and as we talked […]

Recent Tastings