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NZ Organic Wine Awards Vineyard of the Year: The Darling

3:06pm Wednesday Jun 24 2015

Marlborough Vineyard The Darling, has awarded the Trophy for best New Zealand Organic winery,The Darling Pinot Gris 2013,The Darling Barrel Sauvignon Blanc 2014
The Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2014 were awarded gold medals and The Darling Chardonnay 2013,The Darling Pinot Noir 2013 got silver medals.
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Vin Alto Lunch

1:04pm Tuesday Jul 15 2014

Sunday July 13, members of our wine club attended another fantastic lunch at the Vin Alto winery in Clevedon, here is what we had Read more

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Masi & Others

4:50pm Monday Jul 07 2014

The Masi wines arrived at the beginning of July and I sold out of my allocation within days, I managed to get more of the Amarone only after a little bit of grovelling. I am very proud of the selection of wines I have in the shop this month and already i am seeing repeat sales of some of the new wines. It is Bastille Day next Monday so we will be promoting French wines all of this week.

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Masi wines from Verona

6:28pm Wednesday Jun 04 2014

I will have stock of some of the most amazing wines in two weeks, the wines are produced by Veronise winery Masi, I have been waiting two years to get stock, check out my Italain page to find out more about their wines. Read more

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Our next tasting will be Peter Lehamnn Wines

6:24pm Wednesday Jun 04 2014

Next tasting Thursday June 19th, Malcolm Stopp, wine Ambassodor for Peter Lehamnn wines Australia will be presenting a selection of Top aussie wines, just in time for winter book via e-mail or ph more info sent via e-letter very soon Read more

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Exclusive Dinner

5:18pm Tuesday Jun 03 2014

Clos Cantenac is the only Saint-Emilion Grand Cru to have a New Zealand owner, Mercant Banker Marcus Le Grice is part owner. Read more

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Tasted Saturday April 6

2:50pm Saturday Apr 05 2014

Today I opened two wines that have recently arrived in the shop they were Georges Michel  La Reserve Viognier 2010, the wine has been aged in new and aged barrels this has added weight to what is normally a lightweight wine. I am not a big fan of New Zealand Viognier as I think they lack depth, but I have to say that the Georges Michel is very French in style, it has minerality on the palate similar to the French ones and has a lovely poached apricot finish. This would go well with any Chicken dish. Viognier is the only permitted grape for the French wine Condrieu in the Rhone Valley, it hasn’t taken off as well as people thought it would, if more were like this then maybe that would change. Read more

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Vernaccia di San Gimignano

3:40pm Wednesday Mar 19 2014

Vernaccia  is one of Italy's highest quality white wines, is produced exclusively in the territory of the Medieval town of San Gimignano, nearby Siena, a major tourist attraction known throughout the world. I have really enjoyed drinking this wine over the last few weeks Read more

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Vintage 2014

4:00pm Thursday Mar 13 2014

There has been a lot of press recently on how much bigger in volume that the 2014 vintage is shaping up to be, that may be so with bulk wines like Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough but I have spoken to wine makers and winery owners from some of the other regions in particular Central otago and they are saying that due a cooler (due to wind) that the vintage could actually be down. Which is a good thing for th industry, when there is a glut a number of things happen, growers are forced to sell grapes well below their profit margin, the wine is then on sold to the consumer at a rediculous price all very well for the consumer but it does not help the small producers who are unable to slash and burn like the big overseas companies. We need to have the smaller companies as these are the backbone of our industry, so when buying yor next bottle or two of wine choose one from a smaller boutique winery, you may very well help keep them going and help the industry as a whole.

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Vertical line up of Desert Heart Rieslings

5:03pm Saturday Mar 08 2014

Now that the Desrt Heart winery has been sold the owners are clearing some older vintages of their wines, the first to arrive is three flights of Riesling, 2009, 2010 and 2011 drinking well now but all 3 will keep for a number of years to come. Read more

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