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Ron Mulata – the best of Cuba in a bottle

Just as the ‘Cuban Thaw’ sees the welcome signs go up for the anticipated flood of American first-time visitors into the Caribbean nation, so a very Cuban export is heading the other way in growing numbers. Rum, or ron as it’s known to Cubanos, conjures up the island every bit as much as cigars and [...]

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An intimate Auckland bistro serving world class wines

Acclaimed for its wine list as much as it is for its great food, O’Connell Street Bistro in the heart of Auckland city is one of Planet Wine’s longest standing customers. In the first of a regular column, we talk restaurants, wine lists and the joys of travel with owner Chris Upton. When British-trained Chris arrived [...]

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Young Bloods resurrect ancient vines at Mas Candi

Age-old traditions and fresh ideas mix seamlessly at Penedès winery Mas Candi. I have just visited the three young Catalans who are breaking new ground by resurrecting ancient vines on their family vineyards 45 minutes SW of Barcelona. It’s an easy drive out of the city but as the famous Sagrada Familia’s spires and the hordes [...]

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South Africa’s best are gathered at Planet Wine

UK Master of Wine Tim Atkin’s latest South Africa Special Report and his hotly debated 2015 Cape Classification have shone the spotlight on that thriving industry yet again. It seems like our ‘jaapie’ winemaker friends can do little wrong at present. Reading through the list of first, second, third, fourth and fifth growth producers (Atkin’s attempt [...]

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Reyneke’s biodynamic syrah voted Robinson’s wine of the week

Jancis Robinson rates her visit to Reyneke as one of the most memorable of her 2014 South African trip. It must have left a good impression, because she’s just announced their 2013 Biodynamic Syrah as her wine of the week, a real benchmark for punters around the world. Reyneke was the first producer in South Africa to get their biodynamic [...]

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Old Vine Red a non-vintage blend with stacks of admirers

For more than three decades critics have rated an unpretentious non-vintage blend from family-owned Marietta Cellars as one of California’s best value red wines. The Bilbro brothers themselves describe their Old Vine Red as “our modern Californian version of an Old World table wine”. A zinfandel-based blend, it’s typically made with the addition of petite sirah, [...]

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Kereru not the only local flavour to this brewer's craft beers

At the centre of Wellington’s burgeoning craft beer industry is the Kereru Brewing Company, a thriving business whose owners want their fresh natural beers to celebrate the unique qualities and flavours of their adopted country.Chris Mills, a native of Boston USA, first got a taste for brewing at age five when his mother taught him [...]

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Introduction to the Planet Wine Newsletter

Our first newsletter! Every month, we will share interesting stories of the producers & personalities behind our wide range of wines, beers and spirits and offer special promotions on featured products. This will also be our chance to invite you to tastings which we intend hosting regularly in the future. We will also be blogging, tweeting [...]

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Planet Wine impresses at premier event

Swords were drawn at Shed 10 on Auckland’s waterfront last month, as wine producers and distributors went into ‘battle’ to present their best for tasting in New Zealand’s inaugural Game of Rhones. Planet Wine had amassed vinous ‘troops’ from Spain, California, South Africa and Australia. We’d also dressed in our Thrones-inspired finest. And if return [...]

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Italian maverick creates world class Pinot Noir in Patagonia

In a wide glacial valley stretching 500km along the banks of the Rio Negro River in a remote region of Argentina lies a patchwork of unique vineyards. Surrounded by desert and irrigated by snow melt from the distant Andes mountains, this oasis produces a range of wines that is setting the benchmark in its country, [...]

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