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Oct
12

Milton Vineyards and Winery ‘Libiamo’ Gewurztraminer 2014

Some grapes are so difficult to master that they become known for mediocre wine. The two most maligned these days are the low acid grapes Viognier and Gewurztraminer. The reputation

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Mar
13

Pyramid Valley Lion’s Tooth Chardonnay 2009

Pyramid Valley’s home vineyard wines are some of the most intriguing in New Zealand. Owner and winemaker Mike Weersing is known to be an soft spoken, intellectual obsessive totally dedicated

May
9

Spotlight on Riesling: Rippon Riesling 2008

It would be easy to focus this entire spotlight on the Germans, given the sheer diversity, quantity and quality of Riesling from that land. However, Riesling has also made some

Mar
6

Burn Cottage Pinot Noir 2010

Burn Cottage is now one of the hottest wines coming out of New Zealand. A joint project of the Sauvage family (owners of Koehler Ruprecht in Pfalz and famed California

Jul
17

Spotlight on New Zealand: Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2007

This will be the last post in the New Zealand spotlight. And I feel it is suitable to end with a wine that represents how New Zealand is moving towards

Jul
9

Spotlight on New Zealand: Pyramid Valley Vineyards – Fanaticism and Perfection

New Zealand is a country that is still discovering its vinous identity. While much further along than British Columbia, Kiwi wineries are still experimenting and discovering what works best and

Jul
9

Spotlight on New Zealand: Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah 2005

I’ve been pretty excited about the New Zealand Syrahs I’ve tasted in this spotlight. This wine, however, has proven to be somewhat of an enigma. A New Zealand Giant Craggy

Jun
25

Spotlight on New Zealand: Sacred Hill Deerstalkers Syrah 2007

With all the hype over Kiwi Pinot Noir, it has been a huge surprise to me that the most exciting wines I have tasted for this spotlight have been not

Jun
22

Spotlight on New Zealand: Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2008

Jake at Cherries and Clay just posted on the possibilities of aging new world Pinot Noir by looking at a 2004 Rippon Pinot from Central Otago in New Zealand. In

Jun
6

Spotlight on New Zealand: Kumeu River Village Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay has crept up the New Zealand sales charts to enter the #2 position after Sauvignon Blanc. Despite this, most people haven’t tasted much Kiwi chard, let alone good Kiwi