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

Capital Cider Co. – Nelson Mail 31.10.18

There is a new player in the craft cider scene in Nelson and they will be launching their Capital Cider Co. treats on the unsuspecting public at the New Zealand Cider Festival this weekend. Capital Cider Co. is owned by talented winemaker Trudy Sheild, marketing man Ryan O’Connell and their respective partners so they bring […]

Heke Homemade Herbals

Local Food and Beverage Heroes – Nelson Mail 24.10.18

Over the years I have written about some the wonderful food and beverage producers Nelson is lucky enough to have living and working in this region. When you stop and think about it there are many world-class products made here, everything from craft beers to fine wines and superb products. Nelson has always been recognised […]

Tasteology @ Kahurangi Estate – Nelson Mail 17.10.18

I am sure you will know what I mean when I say familiar faces and tastes in a different place, and that is exactly what you will find at the rejuvenated Kahurangi Estate cellar door and cafe at Upper Moutere. Cameron Woods and Maria Gonzalez who both worked at the Neudorf Vineyards cellar door have joined […]

Recent Tastings