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3 Pinots, 2 Austrians, 1 Central Otago Glass

In what was probably a world first, two Austrians hosted a New Zealand Pinot Noir masterclass.

The unusual double act? Georg J Riedel, the 10th generation of the eponymous family-run glass company, and Salzburg-born winemaker Rudi Bauer, owner of Central Otago winery Quartz Reef.

The reason for the tasting? The...

March 30th 2015 Read more »

Hawke’s Bay Blends Pass Hawk-Eye Test

It’s not only New Zealand’s cricketers that are enjoying their time in the sun; Hawke’s Bay winemakers seem to have a renewed energy and confidence, no doubt springing from two smashing vintages on the trot – 2013 and 2014.

While I harp on and on about the merits of New Zealand...

March 5th 2015 Read more »

New Zealand Takes the Flor

The wines of Sherry and Jura are known for developing under flor – a film-like yeast that protects the wine from oxygen – and now a New Zealand producer is set to launch its first wine aged under flor.

Bellbird Spring in Waipara, an hour’s drive north of Christchurch, has been...

February 16th 2015 Read more »

Variety is not the spice of life at Air New Zealand

Angry New Zealand vintners dumped tens of tonnes of rotting grapes at the entrance of Air New Zealand’s Auckland headquarters today* after the national carrier announced it would be serving just one supplier’s wine on its flights, leaving nearly 700 other wineries wondering what the hell they’d done wrong.

While the...

January 21st 2015 Read more »

My New Zealand Reds of the Year 2014

Think New Zealand red, think Pinot Noir but there’s more to New Zealand red wine than one variety: some of the best reds I’ve reviewed over the past 12 months reflect New Zealand’s ability to produce classy Bordeaux styles as well as sexy Syrah, particularly in the warmer climes of Hawke’s...

January 13th 2015 Read more »

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About Me

I was born and raised in north-east England but the local steelworks and coal mining industry was on its knees so wine journalism seemed like a better way of earning a living. After winning the UK's Young Wine Writer of the Year in 2006, I joined UK wine trade magazine, Harpers, going on to become its features editor. As a freelancer, I contributed to prestigious titles including Decanter, Wine Business International, Imbibe, Food & Travel and Sommelier Journal, and was named the Louis Roederer International Wine Writer Awards' inaugural Emerging Writer of the Year. Since 2012, I have been the editor at Wine-searcher.com. Within 18 months of launching the editorial side of Wine-Searcher, it was shortlisted for Wine Website of the Year in the 2013 Louis Roederer Awards. In my spare time, I'm also trying my best to become a Master of Wine. Having passed the theory and practical sections of the exam, the dissertation is now the last hurdle. When not working or studying, there's a little time for open water swimming, mountain biking and sitting on the sofa watching The Wire. Thanks for visiting the site and I look forward to hearing from you.


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