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From the new Blog
Jan 16th: Corn and cracker Chardonnay
Jan 13th: Ruapehu in summer and Matawhero Rosé
Jan 11th: The Emperor breaks the rules
Jan 10th: Da Main Road on Boxing Day
Jan 9th: I dreamed of a pink Christmas and wow, Ayala Rosé was my present
Jan 8th: Everthing’s coming up Roses including a new one from Giesen
Jan 6th: Mahi meditation after a cancer conversation
Jan 5th: Fairhall Downs Sauvignon and Choko greens
Jan 4th: Opinion Piece: NZ Herald’s Wine Trends
Jan 3rd: Fish and Chips at the Beach
Jan 2nd: Reflecting on 2016 and my Wine of the Year

Latest First Glass 'Wine Education Evenings'
Dec 7 - The 2016 Finale
Nov 16 - Bubbles and Summer Delights
Nov 23 - Gold Medals and New Arrivals
Nov 16 - Chardonnay and Shiraz
Nov 9 - Rod McDonald Wines with Rod McDonald

From the old Blog (2012)
Dec 31st: Riesling to the occasion - Part 3: Rippon, Dry River, Pegasus Bay, Rockburn
Dec 21st: Riesling to the occasion - Part 2: Auburn
Dec 20th: Riesling to the occasion - Part 1: West Brook

Radio Live Wine Me Up Wednesday (2012)
Sep 5th: Looking back on what we tasted

Wine of the Week
Sep 9th: Osawa Prestige Collection Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir 2010
Apr 23rd: Forrest Marlborough Chenin Blanc 2010
Mar 19th: Three Martinborough Stars - Dry River Pinot Gris 2005, Dry River Pinot Noir 1999, Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 1999...
Mar 9th: Misha's Limelight Riesling 2011 - it was the liquorice in this wine that endeared me so much and evoked those childhood memories...
Feb 28th: Eureka Gewurztraminer 2011 and Straw Wine 2011 - Eureka! It grabbed my attention. As it was meant to. A word now synonymous with a fabulous new discovery or epiphany...

Wine Show Stuff
A list of all gold medal winners in recent shows - last addition Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014
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Commentary: How many wine shows do we need in New Zealand?
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