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
This week I was lucky to take part in grape picking for a morning at Heron’s Flight vineyard in Matakana. Heron’s Flight is a small, family-owned vineyard, with grapes first planted by David Hoskins and Mary Evans in 1987. They specialise in Italian varietals and only grow Sangiovese and Dolcetto, I’d been there before for one of their pizza afternoons – see the review here. … Continue reading Picking the bunch at Heron’s Flight Matakana
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
In London cycling is a no brainer over the warmer months. It’s fast, it’s cheap and it’s damn easy. There’s no need to worry about the last tube or having to squeeze onto a bus full of drunk/grumpy/smelly/rude people. However, when riding a bike built for serious city commuting (with no parcel tray or basket) transporting wine becomes an ugly chore. The sweaty back pack … Continue reading Have wine, will cycle. With style.
Blue Nun was HUGE in the 70’s, and was largely responsible for introducing German Riesling to the world with her distinctive blue bottle design and sweet nature. This summer she’s back with a new taste and new look for a new generation. Back then she would have been a medium to sweet easy drinker, and has been blamed for giving German Rieslings a stigmata many of them didn’t deserve. … Continue reading Return of an icon: Blue Nun Rivaner Riesling review
Being in the Laguedoc-Rousillon of France we had the good fortune of staying in Agde while Vinocap was on – we had to go. For 5 Euros you got a wine glass and access to more than 80 local producers (and their wines!) set up around the marina. A lazy outdoor tasting in the sun is the best way to taste wine, we even had … Continue reading Vinocap 2011, tre bien!
Winehos returned to Harrods for taste of sunshine at their California Wine Road Trip tasting experience. The team hand picked 39 producers to showcase their wines which proved to be a packed out event. I think I was probably the youngest person there (apart from some of the people on duty!). California isn’t a new wine region, they’ve harvested grapes since the 18th century but … Continue reading California Dreaming at Harrods and Verite vs Verite