Tag Archives: Villa Maria

Buy Of The Week NZ

Villa Maria 2015 Seddon Vineyard Pinot Gris NZD$30 Crisp, dry Pinot Gris with pear, quince, stewed apple and cloves plus a suggestion of yeasty brioche. A seamless wine with a pleasantly grainy texture. Sophisticated Pinot Gris with moderate intensity. (Screwcap) Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view on

Who loves ya baby

My email inbox has received a deluge of messages from wine producers who made it to the “World’s Most Admired List” compiled by the UK magazine, Drinks International.

Best 18 NZ wines of 2015

It’s a simple matter for me to retrieve all of the wines tasted last year from my database and then to sort by score. A total of 18 wines achieved a score of 98 points or more. I’ve sorted them by price (least expensive first) within each score category. Here is the result:

Air NZ to offer super-premium wines in business class

18 months ago Air New Zealand put the supply of wine to Economy class and airport lounges up for tender. Villa Maria was the successful bidder. The motives behind that controversial move was a saving of $500K and awareness that there is little brand recognition in economy class. “Our research showed us that Joe Blog in economy class doesn’t look at the label”, explained Bruce Parton, Air New Zealand’s Chief Operations Officer.

Age-worthy Sauvignon Blanc

Most people believe that Sauvignon Blanc should, as they say in France, be “picked, pressed and pissed before Easter”. That is simply untrue. I’ve enjoyed rich, complex Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé that were 20 and 30 years old.

I think we cling on to beliefs formed when corks were the only closure. Screwcaps were a game-changer that more than doubled the window of drinkability for Sauvignon Blanc and, in my view, have increased the potential quality of all wines.