This question has plagued me unanswered until recently. I have been a sceptic. Really, how much does a glass’ shape and size really matter? In many cupboards, we have a larger style red wine glass and a smaller style white wine glass. But do I really need separate glasses for Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon? Do I really need a different glass for oaked Chardonnay than for an un-oaked Chardonnay? And what about all of the many other varietals? The whole concept of having many different glasses for the different wines seems crazy and an extremely expensive undertaking. So I wanted to know once and for all, do I really need to do it in order to appreciate my wine more?
Some wine myths deserve to be busted.
Many will know that I have been a long-time fan of Riesling. If you’ve been (un)lucky enough to walk into shop while we’ve been offering one on tasting you’ve probably already had an earful as to the wonders of Riesling… and I make no secret that I consider it a king among grapes.
For some unknown reason it is still the most underappreciated grapes in New Zealand. Almost universally adored by winemakers, it still stays out of the heady limelight enjoyed by our mainstay of production (Sauvignon Blanc) and darling of the boutique wine world (Pinot Noir).
At Wineseeker we pride ourselves in stocking local producers, both beer and wine. For me, the best of Wellington beer lies in the careful and passionate production of Yeastie Boys. Stu McKinlay and Sam “The Grandmaster” Possenniskie, two beer lovers with phenomenal talent, researched beer through tasting over 2,000 different beers, over 70 different styles from over 50 countries. Now that deserves a high distinction! The result of this in depth analysis is unique, well crafted and damn tasty beers of varying styles.
Currently in stock we have one of my go to beers, ‘Pot Kettle Black’. This multi-award winning black IPA is rich, dark, smooth and concentrated with ground coffee, a hoppy kick with hints of orange. A beautiful drop with a full mouth feel, it simply is a fantastic beer.
Welcome to our new blog site where we will share our personal musings, opinions, and erratic thoughts into the wonderful world of wine and beer.
Several different bloggers will be represented on this site – all with a love and passion for fine wines and craft beers:
Julia Cunneen : getting ready for a trip to France, public servant, novice surfer, photographer, learning how to make beer
Katie Hutton : part owner of Wineseeker, management consultant by day, foodie and wine enthusiast, globe-traveller, ex-pat San Franciscan
Katie Merrie : manager of Wineseeker and lover of fine wine!
Michael Hutton : part owner of Wineseeker, currently with a penchant for red burgundy, riesling, cabernet and tempranillo. Wanna-be-champion of the small business cause.