Highfield Kevin Judd Great Wines high res The view, the hospitality and the food - TerraVin Vineyard Restaurant is one not to be missed, writes Toni Gillan. Immediately over the bridge, turn left and then left again up the hill and there it is. The Highfield Tuscan-inspired winery and tower stands tall on Brookby Ridge with its famous commanding 360-degree views across the Wairau Valley. Established back ... read more >
Mike K - Fontodi terrecota I’ve said it before, but fell for it again…don’t trust the sat nav. We made our way to the Tuscan hinterland and the charming little village of Panzano in time for dinner. We were due a few hours earlier…as I say; trust the map and one’s own cartography skills. The sun sets late here. You eat at 8.30, while there’s ... read more >
Carrick Lamb I had lunch at Carrick Winery yesterday (Oct 15th) and can report that they are going from strength to strength with new head chef Gwen Harvie (previously Head Chef at Eicharts for many years) and she has clearly raised the bar with the food and menu. I also sense Carrick's proprietor Steve Green has the place running in top form ... read more >
Mike K - Yalumba Viogner bottle Radisson New World Hotel, 88 Nanjing Road Shanghai Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family owned winery, sits firmly in the highest echelon of Australian wineries. It always has. With a dense history dating back to 1849, Yalumba’s wines and story reflect as much about the Australian wine industry as any. ... read more >
Mount Edward winery and Drumlin vineyard We all have our mountains to climb—in life—some tougher than others. New Zealanders seem to be good at tackling the most difficult ones, like winegrower Duncan Forsyth at Mount Edward in Central Otago, assailing the treacherous slopes and objective dangers of being a vigneron, and having reached the elusive peaks of perfection with the perilous pinot noir grape. ... read more >
Moondarra Samba Side Arguably the most profound pinot noir in the New World and emphatic proof that Australia has a two-speed wine industry ... read more >
Mike K - Napa Inglenook bottle Our Shanghai correspondent, Michael Knuppel, goes 'wandering' in the Napa Valley, California and visits the legendary Inglenook  “Heritage is everything. If you have heritage and respect it, it is an endless source of inspiration.” –Francis Ford Coppola ... read more >
Prosecco Grapes I started writing this piece in December last year, and have only just come back to it, at the end of April 2014. "Writer's Block" is my excuse; even Shakespeare may have suffered from it. I am self-medicating with a glass of Prosecco as I write. ... read more >
M. Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem M. Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem 2009 & 2010 What auspicious vinous attributes should we be looking for in the year of The Wooden Horse? Veteran Sommelier and Wine Feng Shui Master, The Wandering Palate, prophesies on the wine that will bring good fortune and enjoyment.    ... read more >
Sam Neill - Winegrower 17th January 2014 Two Paddocks vineyards have this week acquired their fourth vineyard, this one in Bannockburn. Sam Neill says “We’ve been quietly looking around for something good in this neck of the woods for quite a while now and we were very fortunate that the opportunity came up of buying a small vineyard that we’ve always admired – Desert ... read more >