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 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: Craggy Range Te Muna Road Riesling 2011

This Riesling is fantastic, it has a really lovely light finish, but it still has some body.  Flavours of lemon, lime and passionfruit are balanced by a gentle minerality.  It’s delectable. I’ve been drinking a lot of Australian Riesling from the Clare and Eden Valley (which is usually bone dry although the Monsters Attack was not) and I have to say this kiwi example definitely has a much gentler touch. Being … Continue reading Wine Review: Craggy Range Te Muna Road Riesling 2011

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

Wine review: La Gitana – Hidalgo

If you didn’t know this already, Sherry is sexy.  London has a dozen bars (La Pepito, Jose’s and more), dedicated to the drink.  I was curious to see what the fuss was about, and was recommended to try La Gitana from Bodegas Hidalgo by my flatmate who just so happens to work at Highbury Vintners. La Gitana is a dry Manzanilla sherry from Hidalgo, one … Continue reading Wine review: La Gitana – Hidalgo

Txakoli is pronounced “Chakoli”

On a recent trip to Bilbao and Getxo in the Basque region of Spain  I had to taste one of their unique local wines – Txakoli.  For a start the name threw me, we don’t get taught how to pronounce ‘tx’ in English.  Secondly, selecting a bottle was also difficult, having never drunk it before it was hard to know what was good so I … Continue reading Txakoli is pronounced “Chakoli”