Posts in the Category: New Zealand

The Wines of New Zealand

2017 has been incredibly busy writing magazine articles, working on my new business The Drinks Project and a soon-to-be-announced wine puzzle company that I will unwrap in 2018.

I’m also writing a book – nothing like taking on too much! Over the course of the next four months, I’ll be researching and writing a book for recently …

Posted in - Blog Posts & New Zealand & wine on November 21st 2017 1 Comments

10 things I learned in New Zealand

Six years, one month and 13 days after landing in New Zealand, I said goodbye to the wonderful warmth of Auckland in January; afternoons spent on the beach digging sandcastles swapped for muddy puddles and early morning windscreen scraping in North Yorkshire.

My Kiwi husband is delighted.

We’ve moved back to be closer to my family …

Posted in - Marlborough & New Zealand & Pinot Noir & Sauvignon Blanc & trends on February 18th 2016 0 Comments

Wines of the year 2015: 5 Sauvignons to get your mitts on

With 2015 drawing to a close, it’s time to reflect on a year’s drinking.

Thankfully, I’ve enjoyed a lot of bloody good wine this year thanks to three cracking vintages on the trot: the growing conditions in 2013, 2014 and 2015 made it much easier to make good – and great – wine in New Zealand; …

Posted in - Blog Posts & Marlborough & New Zealand & Sauvignon Blanc on December 17th 2015 0 Comments

Fine tuning the red section

The evolution of Craggy Range’s Le Sol Syrah is a microcosm of the progress of fine red wines in New Zealand in recent years.

Time has brought a greater understanding of the vineyards, which have themselves matured, as well as a realisation within the winemaking community that less is more when it comes to tannins and …

Posted in - New Zealand & wine on October 16th 2015 0 Comments

Why do winemakers kick their vines?

craggy winery

If you see Matt Stafford, Craggy Range’s chief winemaker giving his vines a damn good kick in the run-up to harvest, is he:
a) mad that the local air force has done a practice ‘drop’ and taken out part of the vineyard;
b) lamenting the Black Caps’ latest loss (McCullum had an off day);
c) checking for slipskin?

All …

Posted in - Blog Posts & New Zealand on October 9th 2015 0 Comments