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AltaCima – A Boutique Chilean Winery Reaching for the Summits

The rugged grandeur of the Andes is never far from any location in the slim slither that is Chile, but at Viña AltaCima in Curico’s central Lontué valley the majestic Peteroa, Descabezado Grande and Planchon volcanoes form a permanent backdrop. So it’s fitting that owners Klaus Schröder and Katharina Hanke have christened their wines with [...]

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Terras Gauda – Champions of Albariño

When some of my most loyal and knowledgeable sommeliers around town urge me to approach a particular winery, as an importer it pays for me take heed. And that’s exactly what I did when it was suggested that I make contact with Terras Gauda in Spain’s extreme north-west, home to that most distinctive of [...]

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Alex Baxter introduces Auckland's North Shore to the wide world of wine

Hospitality industry veteran and wine consultant Alex Baxter brings more than two decades of experience to his popular Rothesay Bay business, The Wine Barrel. His varied background ensures that he has an excellent understanding of what his customers are after. It is no surprise then that North Shore ex-pats stream through the doors for [...]

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​Klein Constantia Harvest Report 2016

Harvest 2016 has been exemplary in many ways. Not often are winemakers afforded the luxury of taking time off in April, this year has been the exception to the rule. A great deal of thanks is due to El Niño which caused a very warm and dry build-up to vintage, resulting in an early harvest. Fortunately, [...]

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Josh Helm – beekeeper & restaurateur

Josh Helm and Tom Hishon are leaders in an exciting new generation of Auckland restaurateurs. They take eating locally and ethically to a whole new level at Orphans Kitchen, which is partly the reason they attracted so much attention in the recent Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year Awards. Dumping his carry-on luggage to lug [...]

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Murray Street Vineyards: A Barossa Favourite

Established just 15 years ago, Murray Street Vineyards may be pretty young when it comes to wineries, but it’s wasted no time in cementing its reputation amongst the Australian trade and public. In the past two years alone, it has been selected as Barossa Valley Winery of the Year at the Melbourne International Wine Competition [...]

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Bruwer Raats: A forward-thinking winemaker with a singular obsession

When one of the world’s legendary wine critics describes you as the “most exciting and forward-thinking winemaker” in your region, you can take a bow. And, according to Wine Advocate’s Neal Martin, Stellenbosch winemaker Bruwer Raats has earned that right.That accolade came in 2014 and just a few months ago, in his latest South African [...]

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Pinino – producing classic Brunello with a new aesthetic

The eye-catching orange branding of the Pinino winery in Tuscany is an immediate hint to the background of its owners. Two couples with a shared connection to the fashion industry have taken on a centuries-old vineyard near Siena and transformed it into one of the most sophisticated, quality-led wineries in Italy.Pinino was founded in 1874, [...]

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Ken Forrester – perfectly marrying a love of food and wine

It’s pretty much a given that when a restaurateur turns winemaker, he’s going to craft food-friendly wines. That’s definitely been the case with South Africa’s ‘Mr Chenin Blanc’ Ken Forrester, whose wines are poured at some of the top restaurants in the country and around the globe. It’s also likely he’s not going to be [...]

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International sommelier ensures fine dining at Hippopotamus

When eating at a top-end restaurant like Hippopotamus in Wellington’s iconic Museum Hotel, diners expect the best, in terms of the food and the wine selection. With restaurant manager and head sommelier Maciej Zimny at the helm, they are guaranteed both – the Polish-born professional was acknowledged as New Zealand’s top sommelier in 2015. We [...]

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