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ONE WOMAN, ONE WINE, COUNTLESS ACCOLADES

The Titolo label, which has become known as a benchmark for the ageability of aglianico wines, one of Italy’s oldest old but largely undiscovered varietals, may never have existed if it weren’t for a last minute ‘shot to the heart’ of winemaker Elena Fucci.In 2000, the Fuccis were considering selling the picturesque vineyards the family [...]

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LOW OR ZERO ALCOHOL BEER NO LONGER SECOND BEST

Finding yourself taking to low-alcohol or non-alcoholic beer on an increasing number of occasions, not just because you have to, but, well, because you’ve started to quite like the taste? If that’s the case, according to speakers at the Canadean International Beer Strategies Conference in Amsterdam earlier this month, you’re not alone.Beverage Daily.com reported Canadean account director Kevin Baker as [...]

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Hot Red Hawke's Bay - Sample the Best Red Wines from NZ's non-Pinot Noir Capital

HOT RED YOUR CHANCE TO SAMPLE COVETED REDSUnison Vineyard’s much lauded and soon-to-be-released 2012 Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah will be previewed alongside the winery’s full range of reds at Hot Red Hawke’s Bay, the popular annual trade and consumer event that showcases the region’s finest wines in Auckland and Wellington on 11 and 12 June.The 2012 Syrah was [...]

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Breaking up the Family for better Wines

Breaking up the Family for Better WinesRoberto Anselmi and daughter Lisa have revolutionized the family's winemaking ethos. Roberto Anselmi forced his own father to quit the family business in order to improve the wines.By W. Blake Gray | Posted Tuesday, 26-May-2015In the late 1970s, Roberto Anselmi fought with his father, who wanted to keep [...]

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Bumper Vintage sees local NZ Wines Sales rocket

A bumper 2014 vintage for New Zealand wineries has seen domestic sales rocket by 18 percent.Figures revealed by New Zealand Winegrowers for the year to March 2015 show that some 60 million litres of New Zealand wine were sold locally. According to chief executive Philip Gregan, a large chunk of the growth in the period under review was from [...]

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Emerging from the Wave - Waving, not Drowning

A most excellent trade tasting held at Apero Bistro on K’Road in Auckland last night.  Produce of some of the Movers and Shakers of the South African winemaking scene: @Sadiefamily, @Blake Family Wines, @Savagewines, @Beyerskloofwines, @Cederberg Wines and the 1990 and 2008 vintages of Klein Constantia Vin de Constance. For many tasters this was [...]

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New-Old World red trumps Old-Old World red

SOUTH AFRICAN BORDEAUX BLEND BEATS THE FRENCH The Morgenster Reserve 2004 from Somerset West in South Africa has been chosen as the top wine in a blind tasting organised by the winery’s owner to measure his older wines against similar vintages from the Bordeaux region of France. Giulio Bertrand took the opportunity of a visit in April [...]

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Not all that glitters is Gold

Award stickers: friend of foe?How often have you been in this situation? Dinner invitation received, outfit selected, small gift wrapped, ready to go. Jump into car, stop outside wine shop on the way to party. Rush in (after all, an hour is disrespectfully late), flick a quick hello to the manager and [...]

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We travel to Waihi for the Annual Food and Wine Dinner

Fancy your Frankfurter with a side of rosé, or keen to see how well poached pear matches pinot gris? Well, then get yourself to Waihi on 21 May for the next Wine Club evening at Waitete Restaurant Café and Ice Creamery, where Planet Wine will be presenting a delicious flight of Unison (Gimblett Gravels) and [...]

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Summertime and the Living is Easy

I know that I may be counting my chickens while they fry, but I am basking in this glorious North Island summer – weekends on Waiheke Island, in Maraetai, Matheson’s Bay and Opito Bay sipping chilled whites, rosés and, as the sun wanes, the odd bottle of noir.I have mentioned the importance of temperature before [...]

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