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Selling up

It’s an increasingly familiar scenario. A couple approaching retirement make a “lifestyle choice” and invest their savings in a vineyard and/or winery.

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Sailing On Savvy Seas

To paraphrase the late Len Evans, there is an awful lot of sauvignon blanc out there, and there’s a lot of awful sauvignon blanc. So, let me lead you through the maze, as the bishop might have said to the actress. But seriously, there are

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Sparkling Sauvignon

I invented sparkling Sauvignon Blanc. Let me explain. About ten years ago I was playing golf with John Buchanan, owner of Mount Riley Wines, a successful Marlborough winery. My version of golf consists of hitting the ball badly before chatting about wine, fishing or politics as we search for it. On this occasion my conversation went something like this: