Tag Archives: New Zealand wine

Wine tasting in Waipara

About 45 minutes drive north of my hometown of Christchurch, NZ, lies the North Canterbury wine region of the Waipara Valley. The valley is nestled between the Teviotdale Hills, which shelter the region from the cool Pacific, and the foothills … Continue reading

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James Flewellen’s Top Wines of 2012

A recent post by my friend Tom Parker on his top wines of the last year inspired me to go through my notes to consider the same question. Wine tasting being the highly subjective and opinionated business that it is, … Continue reading

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New Zealand highlights at the Decanter New World Fine Wine Encounter

As I mentioned earlier, there were six New Zealand producers represented at the recent Decanter New World Fine Wine Encounter. I wrote extensively on my impressions of Marlborough Pinot Noir. Here are some of my other highlights from these producers. … Continue reading

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Marlborough Pinot Noir

There were six New Zealand producers represented at last month’s Decanter New World Fine Wine Encounter: Nautilus, Dog Point, Brancott Estate, Saint Clair, Mud House, and Mt Beautiful. The first four of these producers are based in Marlborough, and Mud … Continue reading

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Decanter New World Fine Wine Encounter

I recently attended the Decanter New World Fine Wine Encounter, held in the Landmark Hotel, London. It was my first ‘big’ wine tasting fair, so I thought I’d share a few reflections on the event and suggest an approach for … Continue reading

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Acidity, Alcohol & Sugar – the Wines

To illustrate the structural elements of acidity, alcohol and residual sugar in wine, we tasted eight different wines in four pairs. A  Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine is an archetypal bone dry, light-bodied French white. Made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, this … Continue reading

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Summertown Selection

I recently went to the Summertown Wine Café with my friend Leanne, visiting from NZ. We tasted our way through about half the tasting menu, including many wines that are not commonly available in New Zealand. We were informed and … Continue reading

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