Last week was hectic, but a very welcome intermission came on Wednesday when Chris Williams and I (Andrew) attended the Negociants NZ â€˜Our Friends at Homeâ€™ Trade Tasting.Â It gave us an opportunity to have a look through the entire Negociants NZ portfolio under one roof and catch up with a few winemakers. The tasting was hosted at Okahu (opposite Kelly Tarltons) on Tamaki Drive, a great venue that sits right on top of the water.Â
With so many wines to try in one afternoon, we decided to whip around the room and taste the fizz and whites first, to give our palates a breather before hitting the reds.
I consider the Craggy Range Te Kahu 2008 to be NZâ€™s best value blended red.
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Blending Master Class – Monday 31st May 2010
Champagne is a much celebrated but often taken for granted beverage. Many of us have a favourite house whose style we prefer over others. However did you ever wonder why (despite the variation thrown forward each year by vintage conditions) the finest Champagne houses manage to achieve incredible consistency in the taste of their N.V Champagne?
While at Craggy Range, Greg caught up with consulting Chef David Griffiths. Together they crafted the perfect meal to match the Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2008.Â If you like it as much as we did you will want to make it straight away! Lucky for you we have a copy of this recipe! See below the video for the recipe in full from the Chef himself.
Monday gone was not your normal Monday; it was a day that will make many of you who read this blog somewhat envious of me and quite rightfully so!
While most of you headed for another day at your office I joined a small group of industry people on a day trip to Gisborne to visit the organic and biodynamic Millton Winery Estate. A 50-minute flight and we landed at Gisborne airport in brilliant sunshine and greeted by a smiling Annie Millton and daughter Monique; 10-minutes later we entered the gates of the picturesque Millton wine estate.