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

Wine Writers of New Zealand visit to Nelson Day One – 13.11.14

A number of New Zealand wine writers have formed an organisation to promote excellence and independence in wine reviewing and commenting. Wine Nelson invited the group for a two day visit to the Nelson region so writers could experience the wide range of wines produced in Nelson and to also see the places these wines […]

The Grapes of Wrath: France’s Great Wines Are Feeling the Heat – Pt 3 A Minor Miracle of Globalization

This article is part three of a series sourced and reproduced from  Spiegel Online International and written by Ullrich Fichtner with the original article translated from German to English by Christopher Sultan. Thanks to Andreas Welte from Sustain-Ability/EcoGrape for bringing it to my attention.  The series of three parts discusses the effects of climate change in France and the impact […]

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