I’m honoured

I always scan the New Year Queen’s Honours List for familiar names. I once lent my support to a very worthy winemaker and was delighted when he got the nod.

When I received an official-looking “NZ Government” letter, the possibility that I might have made the list was the last thing on my mind. The letter revealed that I was being considered for a New Zealand Royal Honour and asked if I would accept if and when the offer was confirmed.

Now it’s official. I’ve been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for “services to the wine industry.” It’s both humbling and exciting to have received such an honour. I am very fortunate to have a job that is also a hobby. I am also lucky to have joined the wine industry in 1973 just as it was emerging from the “Dark Ages” and about to begin a spectacularly steep climb in both quality and quantity. It’s been a helluva ride.

5 thoughts on “I’m honoured”

  1. Greg Thomas says:

    We are grateful for your expert guidance and add our congratulations for your well deserved accolade. Best Wishes from the Pacific Resort Hotel Group in the Cook Islands.

  2. Joseph shitzler says:

    Overall score if this article; 89 points

  3. Annmaree Talbot says:

    Well deserved Bob, you have done a lot for the profile of NZ wine locally and internationally,

  4. John Davies says:

    A very worthy recipient Bob .
    You have also done a great job in the Southern Hemisphere
    attempting to save the Riesling demise, against a strong head wind for extinction.
    Perhaps an award for another year.
    Kind wishes John Davies

  5. Sue Story says:

    Well deserved,

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