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

A Delightful Taste of France in Hardy St – Nelson Mail 23.06.15

When Greg & Mylene Auphin established La Gourmandise in Hardy St they brought a wee slice of France to Nelson. France has many regional food specialties but the crepe is a traditional specialty food that is found almost everywhere. It is so popular and highly regarded as a food style there is a school in France […]

Spencer Hill Wines – Published Nelson Mail 09.06.15

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of Phil and Sheryl Jones’ purchase of land in the Moutere Hills to establish Spencer Hill Wines. The most well-known wine from this producer is the Tasman Bay label, gaining this recognition after the very first chardonnay produced at Spence Hill in 1994 was named Champion Chardonnay, Champion White Wine […]

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