Appellation Marlborough Wine

Article written for Wine Spectator, July 9 2018. The global success of Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region in New Zealand has been well documented. Less known is the rising concern in the region over the amount of Sauvignon Blanc being shipped in bulk to bottling facilities around the world and its potential impact on […]

Wine for Normal People: Time for another look at New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

View over Waipara Valley, North Canterbury In this episode with Elizabeth Schneider at Wine for Normal People we discuss New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and in particular Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. After bursting onto the international scene and planting New Zealand near the top of the list of easy to understand and enjoyable Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough […]

Gourmet Traveller WINE – Cruising North Canterbury

In my first article for Gourmet Traveller WINE, I write about a recent trip to the North Canterbury wine region in New Zealand. I visited some wonderful producers and tasted a number of outstanding wines. If you’re tempted to visit the region check out the North Canterbury Wine Region website and in the meantime, grab a […]

Piedra Infinita – Uco Valley, Argentina

Bodega Familia Zuccardi, Finca Piedra Infinita. Drive an hour and a half south of Mendoza and you will come to the Uco Valley, one of Argentina’s key wine producing regions. The dusty roads dotted with bursts of green from irrigated paddocks lie beneath the magnificent Andes mountains, which are our constant companions as we head […]

Mornington Peninsula: Paradigm Hill

Winemaking on the Mornington Peninsula dates back to the late nineteenth century, however today’s cellar doors are populated by members of the modern chapter in this region’s history. The early 1970s saw a revival in interest around viticulture and winemaking due in part to the potential offered by the maritime climate for producing quality wines. […]

Come with me to Argentina!

Vines in Mendoza. Credit: Lira Wine Experience. Later in the year I will be joining Lira Wine Experience for a 14-day trip throughout Argentina, starting October 20 and finishing November 2. Beginning and ending in Buenos Aires we will visit three distinct regions in Argentina – the vineyards in skies of Salta, the valleys of […]

Wine for Normal People: North Canterbury

Lunch at Black Estate, Waipara, North Canterbury. For this episode of Wine For Normal People, Elizabeth and I talk about my recent trip to North Canterbury. A short drive north of Christchurch, North Canterbury has something for everyone – fabulous wine, delicious local food including truffles, olives and honey, craft beer, bike trails, hiking trails, […]