Pinot Noir NZ 2017 Embrace. Explore. Evolve.

Described as “the best Pinot Noir event on the planet”, a chance to celebrate the wines, culture, people and places that make New Zealand Pinot Noir so special. From Tuesday 31st January for 3 days New Zealand will see 500 of the World’s most passionate Pinot supporters come together on Wellington’s Waterfront to celebrate this […]

Flower Power or Sustainability

Sadly my time in New Zealand has come to an end, however amongst all the highlights and amazing experiences including flying a plane one common theme kept coming up, besides the quality of the wines, and that is the word Sustainability. The figures given out by New Zealand Winegrowers are pretty impressive 94% of NZ’s […]

Canterbury Tales – Truffles & Perfection

The car journey from Blenheim Airport to Waipara is one of the most beautiful drives you could envisage, with a wild coastline that is picture perfect. I was looking forward to meeting Gareth Renowden, a leading light for Truffles. Having myself been involved in the UK’s only commercial Truffle outlet for over 10 years I […]

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Villain or Foe

Concerns have been rumbling in the UK that Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc may have reached its fashion peak and is going the same way as Australian Chardonnay did a decade ago, where the industry were guided by the supermarket dinosaurs to produce a product that consumers no longer wanted, but price and flash instant big flavour […]

Nelson – overshadowed by Marlborough?

Overshadowed by New Zealand’s flagship ‘Marlborough’ region just two hours scenic drive to the East, sunny Nelson is a truly boutique region offering a range of impressive quality and world class wines. Nelson is divided into two sub regions; Waimea Plains and Moutere Hills, Waimea Plains, Maori for ‘river garden’, was traditionally an area for arable […]

Martinborough a Pinot Noir Haven and a rugby legend

A Burgundian Grand Cru style village community saturated with prestigious vineyards squeezed into a very small area with just one prime green site not attributed to vines, the rugby ground! Not just any rugby ground but where Clive Paton (Ata Rangi) scored the first try of the match against the visiting British Lions, back in 1977. […]

Food and Wine Classic, Hawkes Bay

For 10 days in November Hawkes Bay is transformed into a food and wine Mecca attracting thousands of people from all over the world to divulge and celebrate the bounty that the area produces. Wineries, local restaurants, scenic parks and historical buildings are used to offer an array of tastings, gourmet meals, art, voyages, celebrity […]

And now for your next Challenge fly this plane to Napier

An innocent question by the young pilot may possibly have confused both of us, ‘what are you like flying in small planes Mr Jones?’  I answered no problem thinking he was asking if I was comfortable travelling in a 2 seater plane, but alas as soon as we took off he said ‘you can take […]

Gisborne Renaissance

Once recognised as the Capital of New Zealand Chardonnay, this secluded wine region is a bustling seaside gem producing an array of wine varieties at a super league level. Alan Knight the new President of the Gisborne Winegrowers is beating the drums to make not only New Zealand aware of their quality produce but is […]