Take Two Lively Ladies and Stir With Ruth Pretty and Helen Masters, Ata Rangi – Saturday 12 July 2014
Helen Masters - Photo courtesy of Peter Monk

If food and wine are made to be enjoyed together, then so are winemaker Helen Masters and food supremo Ruth Pretty. Read More >

Ata Rangi – There are seeing-eye dogs, sniffer dogs, and then there are wine dogs. Checking brix today before the Syrah pick..
How do you tell if your grapes are at optimum ripeness? Send in the wine dogs of course

How do you tell if your grapes are at optimum ripeness? Send in the wine dogs of course

This picture twittered by Ata Rangi caught my eye… there are truffle dogs and there are Brix sniffing dogs, pretty logical when you think about…

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New Zealand’s Majestic Pohutukawa Tree
New Zealand's native Pohutakawa tree

In preparation for my daughters school United Nations Day food festival and the New Zealand stand, we are putting together a slide show with the theme of New Zealand native trees and supporting Project Crimson a charity organisation dedicated to planting Pohutukawa or Rata trees, which is greatly supported by Ata Rangi vineyard with proprietor and tree lover, Clive Paton, very much involved. Ata Rangi have sent me some pictures including this amazing image of a majestic and dazzlingly coloured Pohutukawa tree; an awe-inspiring illustration of New Zealand’s unique natural beauty. Read More >

Ata Rangi Dinner with Proprietor Phyll Pattie – DB Bistro Moderne Singapore 30th August
Phyll Pattie & Clive Paton

Phyll Pattie is one of my favourite vignerons on the planet and Ata Rangi the quintessential artisan winery epitomizing New Zealand wine. Their much acclaimed Pinot Noir is admired the world over, and rightly so, however they make equally sumptuous, mouth-watering sauvignon blanc and pinot gris and a stunning chardonnay… frankly, all their wines are brilliant and you can taste/discover all of them, paired with contemporary French cuisine, for not a lot of money, and you get to meet Phyll, a wonderful, charming person.

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Following our Sommelier of the Year Asia on her New Zealand vineyard tour – Ata Rangi visit
Khun Cha and Ata Rangi's vineyard dog, Harry

Our intrepid Sommelier of the Year Asia, Khun Cha, spent the day with Phyll Pattie and Clive Paton at Ata Rangi in Martinborough www.atarangi.co.nz sharing some pictures with us… clearly she’s fitting into the program and adapting to the Kiwi vigneron without much problem… and DRC Richebourg 1995 thanks very much! Read More >