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  • Independent Wine Monthly – forthright & independent wine commentary and reviews
    majority scurrying for the embrace of any calmly cool white or warmly welcoming red to hand but a stress induced need for a drink turns me into a curiously specific wine hunter I rummage in boxes from here to there not knowing what Read More Leave a comment martinborough Higgledy Piggledy triumphs Posted on 10 02 2016 11 02 2016 If Charlie Thompson a confectionary salesman hadn t purportedly dropped his tray of samples in front of a potential customer thereby jumbling up all the sweets Read More Leave a comment central otago Central Pinot or Pinot Central Posted on 01 02 2016 03 02 2016 Having departed a beautifully sunny and ever spectacular Central Otago with heavy heart the opening of a brief window before the plunge into the inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration Read More Leave a comment central otago Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration Posted on 29 01 2016 03 02 2016 Emma and I are in Queenstown as guests of Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd to take part in the 2016 Pinot Noir Celebration The opening session A Question of Style explored the relationship of winemakers to the region consultant winemakers eg Dean Shaw Pete Bartle Rudi Bauer those from out of region Jim White or from Read More Leave a comment nz wine Well if everybody s doing it it must be ok then Posted on 23 01 2016 23 01 2016 We all see life through a prism of our own experience and prejudices but I must confess to being at a loss when reading the recent commentary on Wine Writers of New Zealand s new Code of Ethics triggered by Jo Burzynska s recent article Most of it centres around those who seek to defend paid for wine Read More Leave a comment

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    Wine Monthly forthright independent wine commentary and reviews Home categories australia bulletin central otago champagne chardonnay france gisborne hawke s bay marlborough martinborough nz wine opinion pinot gris pinot noir posted by Emma posted by Jane riesling sauvignon blanc sparkling

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  • About Us – Independent Wine Monthly
    is the Wine Editor for the Food Magazine and regular contributor to Gourmet Traveller Wine and Wine NZ Jane is a Senior Judge at the Royal Easter Wine Show the NZ International Wine Show Spiegelau International Wine Competition and the Hawkes Bay Wine Awards She has judged in London Tokyo Brisbane Rutherglen and Shanghai She is a member of the Council of the Institute of Masters of Wine and sits on the Advisory Board of Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand EMMA JENKINS Emma studied Anatomy at Otago University obtaining a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in 1999 Upon graduation she decided a more sociable career was in order and instead pursued her passion for wine Emma worked for seven years as a Fine Wine and Education Specialist at Scenic Cellars in Taupo New Zealand s premier independent wine store and in that time studied Winemaking and Viticulture at Hawke s Bay s EIT In 2011 Emma became New Zealand s ninth Master of Wine The research for her dissertation topic Is there a case for sub regional Marlborough sauvignon blanc ensured most Marlborough producers now quail at the sight of her name in their inboxes Emma is wine

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  • posted by Emma – Independent Wine Monthly
    departed a beautifully sunny and ever spectacular Central Otago with heavy heart the opening of a brief window before the plunge into the inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration Read More Leave a comment nz wine Well if everybody s doing it it must be ok then Posted on 23 01 2016 23 01 2016 We all see life through a prism of our own experience and prejudices but I must confess to being at a loss when reading the recent commentary on Wine Writers of New Zealand s new Code of Ethics triggered by Jo Burzynska s recent article Most of it centres around those who seek to defend paid for wine Read More Leave a comment chardonnay The Strange Case of a Dartmoor Vineyard Posted on 11 11 2014 09 11 2015 It seems to rather befit an outfit with a slightly dualistic nature think hedonistic party boys who also happen to produce some of the country s finest wines that their flagship chardonnays present a study of an almost Jekyll and Hyde nature On one hand is the suave complexity that is the Riflemans on the other is Read More Leave a comment chardonnay Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay Posted on 01 04 2014 09 11 2015 All too many wine reviews seem to read like a nurseryman s catalogue incorporating a seemingly endless list of adjectives Maybe understandable if the wine deserves it but what about when confronted with a boring wine Read More Leave a comment central otago Georgetown Wines Central Otago Posted on 04 03 2014 04 07 2014 Standing on the side of the Kawarau River it crossed my mind that you really have to think the pioneering spirit of old is still alive and well in Central Otago Only these days it s in

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  • posted by Jane – Independent Wine Monthly
    If Charlie Thompson a confectionary salesman hadn t purportedly dropped his tray of samples in front of a potential customer thereby jumbling up all the sweets Read More Leave a comment central otago Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration Posted on 29 01 2016 03 02 2016 Emma and I are in Queenstown as guests of Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd to take part in the 2016 Pinot Noir Celebration The opening session A Question of Style explored the relationship of winemakers to the region consultant winemakers eg Dean Shaw Pete Bartle Rudi Bauer those from out of region Jim White or from Read More Leave a comment central otago The Central Muster Posted on 21 01 2016 21 01 2016 Don t worry they won t ask many questions said Natalie Potts NZ Winegrowers Asia Marketing Manager I was in Beijing teaching NZW wine education courses and was getting used to students who focussed intently on learning but whom were quite shy about speaking up So I was taken aback when one sommelier asked me to rank Read More Leave a comment australia Henschke latest releases Posted on 30 10 2014 09 11 2015 Stephen Henschke was in Auckland to show the latest Henschke releases I couldn t miss the opportunity to taste some of Australia s finest wines so hot footed it to O Connell Street Bistro Justifiably proud of his heritage Stephen took time to explain his winemaking philosophy how the wines had come to get their names and his Read More Leave a comment marlborough Yealands PGR Posted on 29 10 2014 09 11 2015 Familiar to lovers of Alsace wine a bottle labelled Gentil will traditionally be a field blend of mainly riesling muscat and or gewurztraminer with the balance made up of sylvaner chasselas and

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  • The Douro – Independent Wine Monthly
    look like the home straight on a Grand Prix circuit It was queasy stomachs a go go by the time we arrived at Quinta do Noval Thankfully we were all back up to full strength pretty smartly Have you ever been somewhere that was EXACTLY how you imagined it would be Vertiginous slopes walled terraced vineyards clinging to every slope the river meandering down below Red tiled white washed houses

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  • central otago – Independent Wine Monthly
    Central Posted on 01 02 2016 03 02 2016 Having departed a beautifully sunny and ever spectacular Central Otago with heavy heart the opening of a brief window before the plunge into the inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration Read More Leave a comment central otago Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration Posted on 29 01 2016 03 02 2016 Emma and I are in Queenstown as guests of Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd to take part in the 2016 Pinot Noir Celebration The opening session A Question of Style explored the relationship of winemakers to the region consultant winemakers eg Dean Shaw Pete Bartle Rudi Bauer those from out of region Jim White or from Read More Leave a comment central otago The Central Muster Posted on 21 01 2016 21 01 2016 Don t worry they won t ask many questions said Natalie Potts NZ Winegrowers Asia Marketing Manager I was in Beijing teaching NZW wine education courses and was getting used to students who focussed intently on learning but whom were quite shy about speaking up So I was taken aback when one sommelier asked me to rank Read More Leave a comment central otago Georgetown Wines Central Otago Posted on 04 03 2014 04 07 2014 Standing on the side of the Kawarau River it crossed my mind that you really have to think the pioneering spirit of old is still alive and well in Central Otago Only these days it s in the form of boutique vineyard owners rather than gold prospectors Read More Leave a comment central otago Ellero Central Otago Posted on 06 09 2013 06 09 2013 Leaving the sanctuary of the warm Maude Wines tasting room we made the short drive down State Highway 6 to meet John Montero owner of Ellero Wines

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  • One for the soul – Independent Wine Monthly
    Pinot Noir 85 Succulent juicy with freshness and verve Walking the knife edge of fruit sweetness with a finely tuned line of tension its perfume and prettiness belied a proper core of savoury concentration There s something about the more marginal subregions like Gibbston that mimics the essence of Pinot itself For me all good wines should be a little capricious complacency has little to offer true pleasure Gibbston Valley s Single Vineyard range encompasses Le Maitre named for founder Alan Brady and Glen Lee from the Gibbston home vineyards and China Terrace and School House from Bendigo sites All are good the Bendigo wines having the slightly muscular opulence common to that subregion and Glen Lee offering another expression of Gibbston s perfume and backbone I used to find GV s wines rather hard going the oak too clumsily obtrusive This is no longer the case Looking back across my notes of various vintages the collection of wines delivers a faithfulness to their place and an increasingly deft touch in their handling 2014 is also shaping up to be a rather smart year for Central its third on the trot It s a year that seems to me to

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=1038 (2016-05-02)
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