Category Archives: New Zealand

Review of the 2016 Rosés: Focus on Pinot Noir

Delicious, crisp rosés are already on the shelves waiting for consumers to welcome the coming hot summer with a chilled glass. In this, our annual rosé review, we review 60 rosés made from different grape varieties grown around the world. … Continue reading

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Vino del Sol: New Wine Values from California and New Zealand

These wines from importer Vino del Sol are good value wines for everyday drinking.  The main label is GEN 5 which is produced  under a joint venture between Lange Twins Winery in Lodi and Vino del Sol.    They are made by … Continue reading

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New Releases from California’s Central Coast, Lodi, and Marlborough

In this article, we review several wines that offer better than expected quality for modest prices, mostly under $20 retail.  They come from Arroyo Seco, the Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Clarksburg, Lodi, and New Zealand’s Marlborough region. Testarossa. Located in … Continue reading

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The US Wine Market in a Nutshell: 2014 Winners & Losers

Surprising US market trends for 2014:  sales of high priced wines are rising, while low priced wines are falling; Sauvignon Blanc is the biggest winner among single varietals, while Syrah is the biggest loser; red wine blends and rosé wine … Continue reading

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Carrick Wines of Central Otago, New Zealand

Steve and Barbara Green are helping put Central Otago on the map.  They’re making some of the most flavorful Pinot Noir to come out of the South Island, and their white wines are delicious, too.  Why are they so good? … Continue reading

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Great Winemakers: Rudi Bauer of Central Otago’s Quartz Reef

We recently had the opportunity to retaste the Quartz Reef wines of Rudi Bauer.  We previously tasted his sparkling wines in our Sparkling Wine Report and his Pinot Noirs in our New Zealand Pinot Noir Report. Our tastings of his … Continue reading

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New Zealand Wines from Lake Chalice

Lake Chalice is a medium sized, privately owned winery located in New Zealand’s Marlborough wine region. It was established in 1989 by Chris Gambitsis and Phil Binnie on the original 28 acre, notoriously stony Falcon Vineyard but has since expanded … Continue reading

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New Zealand Wines from John Forrest

John Forrest is a former rugby player and Ph.D. scientist from New Zealand who did research at San Diego’s Salk Institute in the 1980s, caught the winemaking bug, and returned home to establish the Forrest Estate Winery and several years … Continue reading

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New Zealand: New Pinot Noir and Syrah Releases

We continue to be impressed with the high quality of the wines being produced in New Zealand these days.   Pinot Noir is clearly a stand out variety,  and producers like Quartz Reef and Rippon Vineyard are producing wines every bit … Continue reading

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Affairs of the Vine 7th Annual Pinot Noir Shoot Out

  Affairs of the Vine, the California-based wine education and corporate team building events organization, recently completed its 7th Annual Pinot Noir Shoot Out.This unique annual event brings together hundreds of Pinot Noirs from California and across the world for … Continue reading

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