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: 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

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: El Burro Kick Ass Garnacha 2011

What can I say? This is kick ass Grenache – wonderfully rich, soft ripe cherries with a touch of leathery spice.  Well balanced, and well priced! Get it while you can from Farro Fresh or First Glass.  Something for when winter digs it’s heels in, and fantastic value for around $16! As you can tell I had to buy more than one bottle because this wine … Continue reading Wine Review: El Burro Kick Ass Garnacha 2011

Wine review: Monte Nobile Nero d’Avola 2010

With the change in weather I decided to warm up with a sexy red.  On perusing the options I settled on this for three reasons: My partner has Sicillian blood I’d never tasted this grape variety before The label looks cool. I found it a bit schizophrenic – it was fruity and savoury – but that made it interesting. Lively bright blackcurrant, leather and spice … Continue reading Wine review: Monte Nobile Nero d’Avola 2010

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

Cellar door visit: Runner Duck Estate/Plume Matakana

Food and wine go hand in hand, so we were pleased to come across Matakana’s Runner Duck Estate which is complemented by Plume restaurant. Husband and wife team team Farida and Clyde Cooper swapped a successful business in Mumbai, India for a small patch of vines just north of Auckland, NZ where they pursue their passion for food and wine. This is a small boutique estate  … Continue reading Cellar door visit: Runner Duck Estate/Plume Matakana