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The world cup of wine

There are many competitions which allow New Zealand wines to compete against those from other countries. Because much of our wine is exported it’s useful to see how they stack up against the competition.

Pre-judging the judges

I’ve just finished selecting New Zealand’s entries for the 13th Six Nations Wine Challenge held in Sydney each year. The competition started as a head-to-head match between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Chile, Argentina and the United States were added more recently.

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Pinot progress

I’ve just completed my annual Pinot Noir tasting. A total of 275 wines were submitted by wineries in every region south of Gisborne. The best were better than ever and the same applies to the wines at the other end of the quality scale. I was surprised and gratified by the enthusiasm for our most prestigious, if not most prolific, varietal wine during a recent trip through Asia, Europe and the US. Pinot Noir lovers are enthusiastic. They are quick to appreciate exciting wines from emerging regions.

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Classic Kiwis

An international wine magazine is planning a tasting that will feature the best Chardonnays outside France’s Burgundy region. They plan to find out whether any New World wines can compete, and give the same fine wine experience as a top Burgundy. I was asked to submit the names of ten Kiwi wines that might give the French a run for their money.

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A quick guide to unusual red grape varieties

Last month I looked at the lesser known grape varieties now grown in New Zealand. Now it’s time to look at reds that at least some producers believe might be the “next big thing” in this country. If you feel like a break from Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah this might be a useful shopping list.