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Winery Review: Holla Mt Rosa

I went down to Queenstown for a holiday, so decided to check a few wineries I hadn’t been to. Gave Gibbston a miss as its gone a bit touristy, ran out of time for Amisfield (was pretty keen to try their food TBH) and had done Peregrine before – judging from their website they seem more about their architecture than their wine anyways. So we roll up … Continue reading Winery Review: Holla Mt Rosa

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WINE AKL: EVENT REVIEW AND MANY WINES

I’m a big fan of the work that Heart of the City do, and Auckland Restaurant Month is fabulous – lots of special menus and events. Wine AKL was one of the smaller events of the month. When it popped up in my email there were two things that made me like it immediately. It was $25 to go (earlybird) and that came with 5 x … Continue reading WINE AKL: EVENT REVIEW AND MANY WINES

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Wine review: Innocent Bystander Moscato

Moscato has had some tough times, labelled too sickly sweet by many, banned to the realm of ‘dessert wine’ by even more. This time it makes a comeback, and in a classy way. The hip hop heads have helped sales in the US, notable is this sexy as Ab Soul track featuring Kendrink Lamar! Yeah I know this is from 2011, but I reckon it’s … Continue reading Wine review: Innocent Bystander Moscato

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Wine review: Hooray for Rose

Rosé makes a superb summer afternoon drink, and for me, is best enjoyed outdoors. Just because it’s pink doesn’t mean it’s for girls, nor does it mean it’s sweet.  Most Rosé you’ll find is dry, you might get some off-dry varietals from California (say made from Zinfandel grapes) and that’s not counting pink Moscato – which has a slight fizz.  I have a thing for … Continue reading Wine review: Hooray for Rose

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Wine tasting review: Getting to know Nautilus Estate

A long time ago I won a wine tasting with Nautilus Estate. We were hosted by Clive and taken through their range at Auckland’s best bar for wine lovers/winos, Golden Dawn. I believe Stephen Wong (one of a handful of New Zealanders with the Master of Wine qualification) does the wine list and it is full of interesting natural wines from New Zealand and around … Continue reading Wine tasting review: Getting to know Nautilus Estate

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Sparkly review: Johanneshof Cellars Blanc de Blancs NV

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, and I say don’t judge this wine by its label.  This is an elegant sparkling from Johanneshof Cellars – a tiny boutique winery in Marlborough – if you want to get really specific, Koromiko near Blenheim. They hand pick their grapes,  a good sign that they take a ‘hands on’ approach to their winemaking.  Edel Everling … Continue reading Sparkly review: Johanneshof Cellars Blanc de Blancs NV