New Zealand Road Trip: Chardonnay – Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay grapes. Source: Vidal Estate Winding north up the east coast of New Zealand from Martinborough you will come to the city of Hastings, the largest city in the Hawke’s Bay wine region. The weather here is gloriously sunny during the summer giving the region a true Mediterranean feel. Add to that the endless array ofContinue reading “New Zealand Road Trip: Chardonnay – Hawke’s Bay”

New Zealand Road Trip: Chardonnay – Martinborough

Rimutaka Range with Martinborough in the distance. At an hour’s drive northeast of Wellington you wind through the Rimutaka Ranges before descending down into the valley of Martinborough, a tiny town framed by the Ruamahanga and Huangarua Rivers. We are headed just outside the township to visit Larry McKenna of Escarpment Wines. Martinborough is a sub-regionContinue reading “New Zealand Road Trip: Chardonnay – Martinborough”

New Zealand Road Trip: Chardonnay – Marlborough

Image credit: Mahi Vineyard. The drive north along the coast from Waipara to the Marlborough region offers some spectacular scenery and if you are fortunate enough to have a brilliantly sunny day as we did, it makes for a rather memorable journey. This was my first visit to Blenheim – a bit of a surpriseContinue reading “New Zealand Road Trip: Chardonnay – Marlborough”

New Zealand Road Trip: Chardonnay – Waipara

Pegasus Bay Winery, Waipara. Source: Pegasus Bay Wines Tasted Pegasus Bay, Waipara, New Zealand, Chardonnay 2012 Pegasus Bay, Waipara, New Zealand, Chardonnay 2008 As part of our trip home for the Christmas holidays we took the opportunity to drive from my family home in Dunedin, in lower half of the South Island, up the east coastContinue reading “New Zealand Road Trip: Chardonnay – Waipara”

48 hours in Épernay: Day 2 Champagne Gosset

Champagnes Tasted Gosset, Grand Blanc de Blancs, NV Gosset, Grand Rosé Gosset, Grand Reserve Gosset, Celebris 2002, Extra Brut The final appointment for the 48 hours I spent in Épernay was to Champagne Gosset in rue Godart Roger with the absolutely lovely Nathalie Dufour, Export Sales Administrator. Despite Nathalie’s best efforts and although the sunContinue reading “48 hours in Épernay: Day 2 Champagne Gosset”

48 hours in Épernay: Day 2 Salon and Delamotte

Credit: Champagne Salon Delamotte Champagnes Tasted Delamotte, Brut Delamotte, Blanc de Blancs,NV Delamotte, Blanc de Blancs, 2002 Delamotte, Rosé  Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1999 Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1997 Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1996 Following my visit to Besserat de Bellefon I had dinner at Les Avises where by sheer good fortune I happened to arriveContinue reading “48 hours in Épernay: Day 2 Salon and Delamotte”

48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Besserat de Bellefon

Champagnes Tasted Besserat de Bellefon, Blanc de Blancs NV Besserat de Bellefon, Brut Rosé NV Besserat de Bellefon, Brut NV Besserat de Bellefon, Extra Brut Besserat de Bellefon, Brut 2002 Besserat de Bellefon was founded in Aÿ in 1843 by Edmond Besserat and two generations later a grandson of the same name married Yvonne deContinue reading “48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Besserat de Bellefon”

48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Champagne Lenoble

Champagnes Tasted Champagne AR Lenoble, Cuvee Intense NV Champagne AR Lenoble, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Chouilly, NV Champagne AR Lenoble, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Chouilly, 2006 I first encountered Champagne AR Lenoble at the Altaya Wines Annual Tasting last year. So when I realised I was going to be in Épernay I immediatelyContinue reading “48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Champagne Lenoble”

48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Perrier-Jouët

Champagne Tasted Perrier-Jouët, Belle-Époque, 2006 Champagne and I have long been friends, and when I say Champagne I do use the word loosely whilst reflecting on all I have learned in my wine studies. I love a good glass of bubbles and in my world every day is an occasion to celebrate with bubbles! As IContinue reading “48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Perrier-Jouët”

An Enchanting Afternoon – Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque 2006

Wine Tasted 1. Perrier-Jouët, Belle Époque, 2006 Founded in 1811 by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier and his wife, Adèle Jouët, the Champagne House Perrier-Jouët has arguably created one of the most recognisable bottles of champagne – the Belle Époque. As you might imagine, I was just a wee bit excited to receive an invitation to attend a tastingContinue reading “An Enchanting Afternoon – Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque 2006”