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 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

Vintage Port Tasting, Wellington – Nelson Mail 12.09.18

A few weeks ago I got an email asking me if I would be interested in going to a luncheon in Wellington to taste a range of Vintage Port wines, including the release of 2016 Vintage Ports, of course I said yes, just because someone has to do these things. Kahurangi Liquor Distributors are the […]

Jeff Scott Foster – Rutherford Hotel – Nelson Mail 05.09.18

Since the Rutherford Hotel was built by DB in the 1970’s on the former Nelson Breweries site it has been through many changes, especially since being bought by a local family in the 1990’s. When built is was a landmark building in the region and Nelson’s premiere hotel and function centre, even if it did […]

Karsten’s Wurstladen & Snack Bar – Nelson Mail 29.08.18

Karsten’s Wurstladen is a little food store in Hardy St that specialises in beautifully made, traditional German fare. Wurstladen had been operating for about ten years when Karsten Rentsch bought it and rebranded the store to include his name, since then he has quietly developed a strong following, especially from those who love traditional German […]

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