Wine Spotlights

Nebbiolo Prima 2024

In late January, it was for the fourth consecutive year that Steve Blandford attended Nebbiolo Prima in Alba, Piemonte, the most significant pre-release tasting event for the new vintage Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero DOCG wines.

Te Kano’s Waitaki adventure

Te Kano’s Waitaki winemaker, David Sutton, was getting ready to build a new winery when he learned that the relatively new winery owned by pioneering winemaker, Antonio Pasquale was on the market.

Burn Cottage’s perfect pinot

Burn Cottage Vineyard property is a 24-hectare estate in the foothills of Pisa Range in Central Otago. It was established in 2002 by the Sauvage family, who are based in Chicago.

Squerryes: a licence to enjoy

“We need someone to be saying it’s not just about the wines but the whole experience”. Thus spake Henry Warde when I met him at the family vineyard, Squerryes.

Hopes Grove on the radar

Hopes Grove is a small Hawke’s Bay wine producer sited on a stretch of rolling hills at the edge of Heretaunga Plains, on the outskirts of Pakipaki.