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Hawke’s Bay: New Zealand’s Oldest Wine Region Earns Coveted Spot Among the World’s Premier Wine Capitals

Hawke's Bay, the oldest wine growing region in New Zealand, has recently achieved a remarkable milestone by joining the elite list of "Great Wine Capitals," an exclusive group of top wine-producing destinations around the globe (listed below). Acknowledged as one of the world's wine-tourism powerhouses, Hawke's Bay now stands shoulder to shoulder with illustrious regions like Bordeaux and the ...
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The Super Six

tabels et with wine notes and worksheets
Recently I ran a wine tasting as a fundraiser for a group of people. We decided the the aim would be to learn about each varietal, learn a little about how to appraise each wine and to try the wines with food tasters which helped enhanced the taste profile of each wine. I called it the Super Six because the wine is sourced from local supermarkets. I specifically chose for this event the New Wo...
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Italian Wine Tasting

italian wines
Last night I hosted a restaurant-based event we called A Tour of Italy. The concept was that we would learn how to evaluate samples of wines that were made of a specific well known Italian grape. It was huge fun. We started with a lovely Astoria Prosecco which not only came in a beautiful bottle but a a delightful starter drink. I then talked briefly about the Pinot grigio we tasted as most New Ze...
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Wine Snobbery

This is a thing. But not as big a thing as you might think. Firstly, wine people are really into it! We don't think we are better than Gin and Tonic or JD's and Coke drinkers. Personally, gin makes me cry, beer is bloating, and early forages into drinking Rum and Coke completely lacked moderation, ditto tequila. Hmmm not that early wine sipping was always moderate. Each to their own, I sa...
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Does the quality of the grape connect to great taste?

This question turned up on the back of a questionnaire I do to gauge what people already like and where their tastes are. It piqued my curiosity. Everything grows in the beautiful Bay of Plenty! People are sharing cuttings and fresh garden produce all year long or so it seems to me, so I was not surprised a curious “TasteWine-r” might ask about this. The first step in the winemaking process. The s...
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Wine Tasting Placements

We’ll discuss several ideas on wine tasting parties, but first, let’s get set up with the right tools. Wine placemats help organize the flow of a hosted tasting and will help your friends understand what to do. Download the free placemat. Read more...
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Letter to a young wine taster

Dear Taster, So, you’re off; you’ve begun. You’ve discovered wine’s fascination. You’re thirsty for flavours, knowledge, understanding. I remember the early days well: the intensity of those primeval wine sensations; the excitement of new discoveries; the perplexity of expensive disappointments, and the sense of frustration afterwards. The more you read, the more inadequate you feel; progress, li...
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