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Planet Wine Blog

Meet our YNGAL – Jemma Grobbelaar

A chance meeting at last year’s Game of Rhones festival in Auckland started a series of conversations that now sees wine specialist, world traveller, kite surfing champion and part-time model Jemma Grobbelaar as an integral part of the Planet Wine sales and marketing team.Going to school in the heart of South African wine country gave her [...]

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Daniel Alba – The Monastrell Time Machine

Earlier this month, I spent a week in southern Spain; to explore new wine regions and wineries and also to cement relationships with several of our current suppliers.In Yecla, in Spain’s south east, just 50km from the Mediterranean coast, my destination was the eponymous Daniel Alba Bodegas. Daniel is a French engineer turned winemaker who [...]

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SPAIN'S NEW APPROACH - WINE SPECTATOR

Spain's New ApproachA growing number of winemakers are upending tradition in their pursuit of terroir. Thomas Matthews. Issue: October 15, 2016"Rioja made a big mistake. We focused on gran reserva, rather than grand cru." When Álvaro Palacios made this observation, in 2012, he was standing in an old-vine Garnacha vineyard at his [...]

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The Long and Winding Road

Dutch couple Clara Verheij and André Both have found themselves in the hills, NEE of Malaga, making wine and delicious food.  When they still lived in Holland, they had accumulated a large cellar of excellent wines and often entertained and tasted wines with good friends.  Frequent holidays to France and a quick tour into N [...]

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The world’s best wines for you, in Kumeu

Chris Carrad’s previous roles in the industry – running large wine shops in London and as tastings co-ordinator for Wine magazine – gave him the opportunity to travel the world’s top wine regions, meet the greatest winemakers and try the best wines. At Wine Circle in Auckland’s West, he’s put that experience and those connections [...]

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Teusner Wines – The new face of the Barossa

Beer plays a big role in Kym Teusner and Mick Page’s lives. They hatched the plan that saw the birth of Teusner Wines over a few ‘coldies’ and you’ll see your fair share of freshly emptied bottles if you visit the estate. But when it comes down to business, it’s dinkum good wine the Barossa [...]

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Bouchard Finlayson – South Africa’s home of pinot noir

In New Zealand we have good reason to consider that we boast some of the Southern hemisphere’s top exponents of pinot noir. It may surprise you to learn that in a hidden valley on the South-East coast of South Africa, a country better known internationally for its fuller bodied reds, a handful of winemakers can [...]

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Mullineux & Leeu – South Africa's modern Revolutionaries

The Swartland husband and wife team of viticulturist Chris and winemaker Andrea Mullineux started their wine business less than a decade ago and yet they have already established a reputation as one of the leading producers in the competitive South African field. And Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines’ achievements have been rewarded with the industry’s [...]

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Unison Vineyard – Elegant wines from Classic Soils

As the saying goes, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” In the extremely challenging conditions of the cool, damp 2012 New Zealand vintage, Unison Vineyard – one of the most consistent premium small-batch producers of Hawke’s Bay and Gimblett Gravels – showed its true mettle. A number of wineries, including New Zealand [...]

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Customer is King for Liquorland’s Bennett Smith

With a long family history in the industry, it was almost inevitable that Bennett Smith would follow in his father Keith’s footsteps. The two own a successful Liquorland franchise in Northcross on Auckland’s North Shore, where they are pushing the boundaries with a wide range of international wines. We chatted to Bennett about what [...]

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