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 […]

Pinot Noir at Cloudy Bay – Nelson Mail 23.08.17

  Last week I was one of a group of wine writers, buyers and communicators who were invited to attend a Pinot Noir Salon at Cloudy Bay hosted by Estate Director Yang Shen, Senior Winemaker Tim Heath and Viticulture Manager Jim White along with Cloudy Bay winemakers Mario Dussurget Victor Joyeux and Dan Sorrell. While […]

Colin Harrison Memorial Trophy & Rimu Grove Wines – Nelson Mail 16.08.17

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of helping judge the Colin Harrison Memorial Trophy for Nelson’s top chardonnay, however, rather than selecting an outright winner as we have in previous years, we selected our top three wines from those entered and took those along to the recent Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Aspire […]

Chocolate Velvet – Nelson Mail 25.07.17

As the name suggests Chocolate Velvet is a business that specialises in happiness, glorious cake happiness. Established in 2004 by Phil and Leanne Lash in a building at home they had converted into a commercial kitchen, it wasn’t long before their reputation for excellence spread and they needed new premises, so two years later they […]

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Aaron Ballantyne – Hopgood’s & Co Head Chef – Nelson Mail 11.07.17

Like many business owners Kevin Hopgood relies on his staff to excel at everything they do and the person leading the kitchen at Hopgood’s and Co is head chef Aaron Ballantyne. Ballantyne has worked at Hopgood’s for almost 11 years and is an important key to the restaurant maintaining a focus on consistently high-quality food, […]