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Planet Wine Blog

Vina Tondonia – The True Custodian of Rioja

One of Rioja’s oldest bodegas – R López de Heredia – is the unofficial custodian of aged wines in Spain. Its legendary Viña Tondonia wines are revered around the word, and now they are available in New Zealand! The company is one of the most traditional in Spain, certainly in Rioja, and they still adhere to [...]

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Eben Sadie – The Surfing Wine Visionary

Some say he has changed the face of South African wine. Others describe him as a reluctant guru, and his wines as the holy grails for wine aficionados. But everyone agrees Eben Sadie is one of the great visionaries in the new generation of South African winemakers. To mark the arrival in New Zealand of [...]

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Millaman: Family heritage and old vines in Chile’s verdant centre

Beaten only by Brazil as the longest country in the world, Chile understandably has an incredibly diverse climate from north to south, but right at its heart is where Spanish conquistadors found the most hospitable conditions for growing grapes in the 1600s. Four centuries later, family-owned Millaman Wines continues to take advantage of the Mediterranean-style [...]

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Good food, good wine and good company the perfect formula

They’ve been open barely a year and already Apero on Auckland’s infamous K Road has become the go-to local for inner-city dwellers with good taste. Chef Leslie Hottiaux (ex-sous chef at The Grove and Baduzzi) and partner Ismo ‘Mo’ Koski (ex maitre d' at Sidart and Merediths) have reinvented an old tattoo parlour to create [...]

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The Revolution is over. Long live the Revolution

South Africa has regained its rightful place in the world of wine in the past 10 years. Much of the recent excitement has been driven by the winemakers in a small region only an hour north of Cape Town – Swartland. And one of the ways they have grabbed global attention is with their [...]

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The Cape Wine that’s Been Sweetening the Lips of Royalty for Centuries

We were delighted to learn from our friends at Klein Constantia in South Africa that their Vin de Constance 2008 had been served with dessert at the glittering state banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth II for President Xi Jinxing of China at Buckingham Palace last month – one of just five wines specially selected to [...]

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The Original Rebel Redefines Image of Italian White Wines

We’ve been introducing you to various up and coming industry mavericks from South Africa and Spain, but the 21st century’s original wine rebel must surely be charismatic Italian, Roberto Anselmi. And we’re not talking about the fact that he flies his own helicopter, had a Porsche made to his specifications and has a passion for fast [...]

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Cape Wine Dynasty Heralds in a New Era

Whenever I turn off Bottelary Road in Stellenbosch to head up the long, dusty dirt track shaded by tall trees, past the unpretentious signs, towards Kaapzicht Wine Estate, I am reminded of a time past – when families and their workers focused on care of the land and the people, producing wines to the best [...]

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Ponsonby Road Bistro a trademark in sophisticated informality

The central location of 165 Ponsonby Road has seen numerous restaurants come and go, but ever since the award-winning Ponsonby Road Bistro launched on the site, it’s as if nothing else ever existed there. Lauded by Metro magazine as “not just one of the leading signature restaurants of the Ponsonby strip, but a restaurant that showcases [...]

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Kereru takes home gold … and silver … and bronze

The annual Brewers Guild awards are a really big deal in the local beer world, and Kereru Brewing Company (who we represent in the upper North Island) proved their prime place in the industry at this year’s event, taking home a total tally of nine medals, including a gold for their At-At Imperial Pilsner. There was [...]

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