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Wine Stories and Features

I write a wine column for the Rodney Times, a community newspaper distributed free to over 31.500 homes in an area north of Auckland city to south of Whangarei. The distribution area includes the wine producing regions of Kumeu, Huapai, Waimauku, Warkworth and Matakana. Stories from my column and other ravings are reproduced here.

Cork and Screwcap Articles

Are we being screwed? A question on the fill level of screwcap wines - January 18th, 2004
Corked Wine Aversion Therapy Dec 7, 2002
Testing for cork taint July 15, 2001
Stelvins are go! June 30, 2001
Stelvin - the ideal way to cap a good bottle of wine - published October 4, 2000

Harvest Articles

2007 Harvest Report - Quality Harvest In Line With Expections - June 1, 2007
2006 Harvest Report - In Line With Expections - June 1, 2006
2005 Harvest Report - Second Largest Ever - June 24, 2005
2004 Harvest Report - Expectations are High - June 29, 2004
The worst February on record? - February 29th, 2004
2003 Harvest Report - Low Yields dominate vintage - June 23, 2003
2002 Harvest Report - Preliminary Report - July 3, 2002
The 2001 Harvest - end of vintage report May 31, 2001
2001 harvest progress reports from around the country - March 23, 2001
2001 harvest progress reports from around the country - March 23, 2001
Grape harvest holds up well despite weather - March 15, 1999

History

A Toast to the Father of New Zealand wine - by Sue Courtney. Feb 6, 2007.
Rodney district's role in history of Liquour Reforms December 1999

Grape Variety Overviews

Pinot Noir in New Zealand - a fact file - February 5, 2001
A Treatise on NZ Pinot Noir - suited to the 'terroir' - published August 7 2000
Pinotage in New Zealand - a 2001 review - January 6, 2001
What is the style of New Zealand Pinot Gris? - published May, 2000ust 7 2000
New Zealand's First Sauvignon Blanc February 1997

OTHER

Dental care for the wine lover June 24, 2001
The WOTW Guide to playing Wine Options in New Zealand May 29, 2001

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