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

Dhall & Nash Tasting – 01.08.14

In recent weeks I have attended two functions where fine-wine importers Dhall and Nash have showcased a range of wines; the first was a dinner at Hopgood’s Restaurant where American wines they import were matched with delicious Hopgood’s food with an American twist and the second was last week when they invited me to attend […]

Pinot Noir – 18.07.14

Pinot Noir can be a beguiling mistress for wine makers and consumers alike, she can get under your skin like no other wine. Some of the world’s greatest wines are made from this grape variety, however she can also be a petulant child and needs to be handled with skill and care to extract the […]

Recent Tastings