Reverse Osmosis

Reverse Osmosis

MemStar (Membrane Separation, Treatment and Removal) Reverse Osmosis is an advanced membrane technology for the selective removal of targeted molecules from wine with minimal changes to the rest of the wine’s composition. MemStar Reverse Osmosis is a mobile service offered in New Zealand exclusively by…

Born of the Black Stuff

Born of the Black Stuff

Coal Pit Vineyard takes it’s name from the nearby Coal Pit Saddle. In pioneer and gold mining days gone by, coal was bagged at the pit, loaded onto drays and brought down Coal Pit Road into Gibbston Valley.

The Little Winery That Could

The Little Winery That Could

Believe it or not, New Zealand is home to one of the world’s greatest Chardonnay producers. Not from Hawke’s Bay, not even from Marlborough; the home of this titan is Kumeu.

A Letter From South America

A Letter From South America

Chiclayo, Peru Our first couple of weeks have been a blur of travel and it is only in the past few days that we’ve been in one place for more than two nights. We’re currently at Pamela’s parents home in Chiclayo in the north of…

Botrytis

Botrytis

Botrytis or botrytised are words that get used frequently, particularly with reference to sweet or dessert-style wines.  So what does THAT mean? ‘Botrytis cinerea’ is a fungus.  It is grey and powdery and is responsible for a number of plant diseases.  As with many fungal…

Flash-Détente

Flash-Détente

Nature is a lead player in the production of quality wine, yet nature is not always as cooperative as she might be when harvest time comes around. Preservation of quality, in fruit and throughout the winemaking process, can be a major challenge for vignerons in…

A Calvados Masterclass with Chateau du Breuil

A Calvados Masterclass with Chateau du Breuil

Whenever I receive an invitation from Maison Vauron, I accept… Instantly!  So when an email arrived, announcing a Masterclass on Calvados to be presented by the GM of Château de Breuil, Didier Bedu, there was no hesitation in responding. Maison Vauron in Newmarket, Auckland, is…

Home Cured Bacon

Home Cured Bacon

Years ago, in a former-life as a sales rep, my territory covered the Far North.  Two or three times per year, I would venture past Whangarei in a largely fruitless effort to sell wine beyond the then limits of civilisation. The greatest motivation to make…

Cape Reinga Photo Album

Cape Reinga Photo Album

While in Northland for our summer holiday over the Christmas-New Year break, we decided to head to the northern-most tip of New Zealand.  Cape Reinga is a bit of a tourist hotspot but is one of those places you really have to see. From Auckland…

What Does THAT Mean?

What Does THAT Mean?

Wine arguably has more jargon and prosaic language associated with it than most other everyday interests.  It is a mix of science, art and horticulture and let’s face it, there’s a fair degree wine-wank out there. I try not to use technical terms where they’re…