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Monday, 5 December 2016 - 10:15am by Katie Hutton

This year we're open extended hours in the leadup to Christmas - 

Mon 5 - Wed 7 Dec

Thu 8 - Fri 9 Dec

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 

10am - 7pm

10am - 8pm

10am - 6pm

Mon 12 - Wed 14 Dec

Thu 15 - Fri 16 Dec

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Dec

9am - 7pm

9am - 8pm

10am - 6pm

Mon 19 - Wed 21 Dec

Thu 22 - Fri 23 Dec

Sat 24 Dec

9am - 7pm

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XMAS Day - Tue 27 Dec

Wed 28 - Sat 31 Dec

New Years - Sun 8 Dec

Thursday, 20 October 2016 - 10:15am by Michael Hutton

This last week heralded the auspicious anniversary of my creation, and what better way to add to the festivities than a wine from my birth year!  This bottle of Vouvray has been the oldest wine in my cellar for a number of years, and we have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to tuck into it. At 40 winters, would it survive the rigours of time better or worse than it's owner?  Was it still alive, was it corked??  

Tuesday, 4 October 2016 - 8:15am by Katie Hutton

What makes a good wine/food match?

Often when trying to match wines with food, I search the internet for what goes with a particular wine or wine type.  Each site offers specfic foods or recipes to try and many times the sites are conflicting in what they recommend.    When this happens it is hard to know which site is right or whether they are just guessing based on their own trial and error.  

I want to understand a bit about the science behind it - why do some wines work with some foods and not work with others?    I want to test the theories and see if I get the same results as some of the experts who have come up with wine pairing guidelines and make recommendations based on their theories.  

This blog series is about testing the theories on what works and what doesn't and to explore how our palates respond to the different flavour combinations.     The quest begins...

Thursday, 15 September 2016 - 2:30pm by Katie Hutton

Hungary Day 1

The classic European wine countries dominate the global wine world- France, Italy, Spain, followed by Germany, Austria and Portugal.  Relatively unknown and underappreciated are the wines of Hungary.  
This week we have a focus on two of the best wine regions of Hungary - Villany in the South-West, and Tokaj in the North-East.  We will taste seven different wines, all of different styles.     All of the wines are on special this week and open for tasting so come in and try with us.

 

Monday, 29 August 2016 - 12:30pm by Michael Hutton

It is said that wine-food matching is a hard thing to get right - a subtle mix of chemistry and magic.  When it works just right it is truely sublime, making both the dish and the wine shine greater than they did on their own.  Some are easy and natural pairs- a crisp and zesty Sauvignon Blanc with a good piece of white fish, an earthy pinot with grilled portobello mushrooms.  Others defy natural logic- who would have thought that a strong sweet wine like Port would go with stinky savoury blue cheese?  

We're going to give it a bash in a regular blog session, contributing both our successes and failures.  I'm going to try some classic mixes and some more out of left field. If you have a style of dish or type of wine you'd like us to experiment with drop me a line!  

Monday, 1 August 2016 - 10:45am by Michael Hutton

The wines of South Africa are something of a rarity on NZ shelves, but with good and ever improving quality combined with great value for money they won't stay that way. 

The heart of the 'Saffa' wine industry lies in the Western Cape, with the regions of Stellenbosch and Swartland lying a stones throw from Capetown.  Winemaking here has a surprisingly long history - the first vines for wine being planted in 1652 by Jan van Riebeeck - for the purposes of supplying the Dutch East India Trading company enroute to the spice trade in the far east.  

Monday, 30 May 2016 - 1:30pm by Michael Hutton

Hong Kong hardly seems like the most common destination for wine scouting - unless you are heading to Vinexpo - a worldwide convention showcasing wines from all around the world.  Photo- Wan Chai waterfront- part of the expo centre is on the far left of this photo.  

Hong Kong is a city under constant construction- new highrises underway, new motorways and spectacular overpasses, repairs and renovation often completed with 15+ stories of bamboo scaffolding held together with cable ties.  Photo: No such concerns about earthquakes in HK when it comes to reclaimation - the harbour gets a little smaller each year.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 - 5:45pm by Michael Hutton

It’s that time of year again, where the viticulturist’s job finishes and the winemakers being.  Harvest time in Martinborough has been keenly awaited after what has largely been an excellent growing season. 

Photo - Pinot Noir fruit on the vine at Palliser Estate. 

Our most important local grape of course is Pinot Noir – an early ripening variety compared to Cabernet or Riesling.  Weather conditions in Wellington have been incredible this year, but has it been the same ‘over the hill’?  Strictly by temperature it has been slightly above average with February being a standout month with long warm sunny spells, but more specifically it has been dry.  A slightly earlier harvest than usual was forecast, with some 20-30ml of rain falling a couple of days before most picking began.

Photo - February Temperatures for Martinborough

Sunday, 20 December 2015 - 12:45pm by Michael Hutton

Some new arrivals in store this week in the run up to Christmas, wines from Hungary.

A young Hungarian gentleman by the name of Miki dropped in to see us introducing a range of interesting Hungarian wines.  Up until now my sole tasting experience from Hungary has been the exceptionally sweet and delicious dessert wine 'Tokaji' but unfamiliar with the other wines from the region.  

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 - 10:45am by Michael Hutton

After multiple requests from our recent 'Islands of the Mediterranean' tasting here is my best recollection of how I made the tart:

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