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

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

Wine review: Milton Estate Crazy By Nature Shotberry Chardonnay 2011

If I had to describe winemaker James Milton of Milton Wines I would probably say “crazy by nature” – in a good way.  I had the joy of chatting to him at the RAW wine fair in London last year (I actually ended up interviewing him, but had to leave London and had left my tasting book at work, long story). I have a hazy … Continue reading Wine review: Milton Estate Crazy By Nature Shotberry Chardonnay 2011

Wine Review: Frizzell Wines Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2011

I was really excited to try this Chardonnay from Frizzell Wines – the brainchild of iconic Kiwi artist/wine lover Dick Frizzell and award winning winemaker, Rob Macdonald.  I’m swayed by cool wine labels and I like to think this one is saying “Drink me NOW!!! I’m guaranteed good times and sunshine!!” This Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2011 is juicy with a capital J –  peaches, a … Continue reading Wine Review: Frizzell Wines Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2011

Wine revew: Maven 2008 Chardonnay

According to Maven Wines, a maven is: n. A person with special knowledge or experience; one who is dazzlingly skilled in any field; an expert. Maven Wines have won a few awards, so this seems to be the case for this Marlborough outfit.  The Maven 2008 Chardonnay shows its age in the colour, but on tasting it is remarkably fresh and zingy, not unlike the Sauvignon … Continue reading Wine revew: Maven 2008 Chardonnay

Wine review: Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuisse Tete de Cru 2007

I was lucky enough to get invited to the Burgundy Tasting at Harrods, I was extremely excited for two reasons – the Burgundy region is renowned for their Chardonnay (which I love) and Pinot Noir (which I also love).  The region itself has a pretty amazing history, with Burgundian wines recognised for their quality as early as 591, and they are extremely focused on terroir, … Continue reading Wine review: Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuisse Tete de Cru 2007

Italian wine made simple

Italian wine made simple

Recently I was invited to meet with Tim O’Connell, who together with Alessandro Olivieri, created designwine  – a site focused on premium Italian wine.  They started up about a year and a half ago and began selling wine in UK over summer and “love all the wines they buy”.  Me being an antipodean by nature (and currently working for Wine Australia) I have to admit my … Continue reading Italian wine made simple