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.

You can easily search the wine reviews and you can add your thoughts to my reviews. Whether  you agree or disagree this is the place you can have your say and see what others think too.

If you want to find out what I think about everything wine, food and beer related you can register for my regular newsletter; because wine and food simply go together you can also read restaurant reviews and if I can convince my dearly beloved who loves cooking to contribute too I will include some of our favourite recipes.

The Regions 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.

One website I love is The Doubtful Traveller, the owner of the site has visited many countries and cities around the world so her insights are really helpful if you want to do something a little different.

Recent Columns

Waimea Estates & Booster – Nelson Mail 04.07.18

One of the things that makes the Nelson wine region special is the fact every winery in the region is family owned and operated, except for Waimea Estates that the Bolitho family sold to Booster Tahi in late 2017. In other regions, but especially Marlborough, there is a huge amount of corporate ownership where organisations […]

Wine shows and Judging – Nelson Mail 20.06.18

Wine show season is rapidly approaching. The range of competitions that showcase the finest of wines includes the New World Wine Awards, for which entries are now open, that has a focus on quality wines priced $25 and under, The Bragato Wine Awards that recognise single vineyard wines, and hence grape growing, and New Zealand’s premiere wine awards, […]

Recent Tastings