Tag: New Zealand

More Kiwi Wines

Review of O’Dwyers Creek Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 and Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whiskey.
For those who follow wine industry news, it comes as no surprise that the US is now the most important export market for New Zealand wines.

Wine Shortage? Bourbon Shortage?

Reviews of the Deccolio Prosecco and Jim Beam White Label Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
In our age of sheer abundance and seemingly endless variety, it is difficult to wrap one’s head around something like a possible wine shortage.

Villa Maria: From Humble Beginnings To Superior Wines

A review of the recently released Villa Maria Estate Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
In 1961, George Fistonich planted grapes on 2 acres he leased from his father’s farm located in the upper region of New Zealand’s North Island. He released his first wines in 1962 and now is celebrating his 50th vintage as founder

Around the World of Wonderful Wines

A review of several Cru Beaujolais, some Pinot Grigios and New Zealand Pinot Noirs.
To appreciate the variety of notable wines being made around the world, try less familiar varietals or more familiar ones that come from different locations. Begin your journey in France’s Beaujolais region where the Gamay grape is made into remarkable, reasonably-priced

Pinot Noirs From New Zealand Peaking In Popularity

A review of some fine New Zealand Pinot Noirs.
New Zealand is on a roll. Known for high-quality Sauvignon Blancs, Kiwi winemakers are hitting their stride with Pinot Noir, particularly the 2005 vintage. Plantings of Pinot Noir have increased almost tenfold in the past decade with a remarkable 1,100 percent increase in exports during the

Grapes From Cool Climes Produce Subtle Wines

A review of some cool-climate grown wines.
Grapes grown in cooler climates have significantly different flavor profiles than those from warmer areas.‘‘Cooler-climate wines are not fruit driven,” says importer Robert Whale. ‘‘They are more subtle. While still expressing the essence of the varietal, these wines have elegant flavors and are more food-friendly.” Whale, a tireless

Wine For A Crowd

A "how-to" guide for selecting wine for a party.
Selecting wines for a catered event does not have to be stress provoking. There are some guidelines that can make this aspect of planning an event easy, even for a “non-wine” person. The key is to remember that a party is supposed to be fun, not