Delightfully easy to drink yet balanced. I don’t want to get too labored with the description of this full-flavored, minerally, off-dry Riesling wine. So I’ll just say that the citrus notes range from orange to grapefruit with tinges of honey, flowing from aroma to palate to finish. We enjoyed it
Last week, the New Zealand Organic Focus Project gave a public presentation on three medium to large NZ wineries who participated in a side-by-side organic versus conventional agriculture trial. The aim was to demonstrate the relative ease or difficulty of conversion to organic viticulture. Palate Press's own Erika Szymanski reported
Need to flee the Californian drought? Try Waiheke Island, just off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand. The island has no public water supply, but plenty of blue and green water, and not just from the ocean. If you're a wine lover who enjoys big cities, you'll find Auckland very
New Zealand is the world leader in sustainable wine production. At least that's the message that came through at the industry's annual Romeo Bragato conference (named for an early Kiwi winegrowing advocate) in late August. 94% of the country's growers are certified through the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand program.
A few months ago, Australia’s harbor city, Sydney, got to experience what happens when six proud nations meet. It got messy. Was it a rugby tour? Well, while the power teams of the Southern Hemisphere were well represented, no, it was not this much loved code of football. It was
Kiwi winemakers widen horizons with Riesling, sparklers and more It’s a warm spring night in Queenstown and the mood at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards dinner is convivial as winemakers, uncharacteristically gussied up in black tie, giggle at the PG humor of the emcee and polish off steaks of
This New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc hits the mark with the real taste of gooseberry, bright and acidic, and not a hint of litter box. Lemongrass, lime, and melon join the gooseberry. An acidic palate cleanser, pair this with rich seafood. Drink with stuffed flounder. Recommended (88). DH WHO: Brancott Estate
Surprisingly rich for a pinot noir, this wine was enjoyed by both more- and less-experienced tasters, both with and without food. Beginning with the aromas and lasting throughout, this wine has the intensity of fruit found in a good sorbet -- though it’s not sweet. It is smoothly layered. Along