Category Archives: NZ wine

Marzemino! Mozart loved this wine!

Mozart must have loved his wine because this is a true wine-lover’s wine. This New Zealand beauty was my first taste of this Italian red grape, which features in one of Mozart’s most well-known operas, Don Giovanni: Versa il vino! … Continue reading

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Academia and industry – when it really works! The University of Auckland and Goldie Wines

In July 2011 I read about the University of Auckland acquiring an established Waiheke Island vineyard and winery called Goldwater. The deal meant that the university has taken ownership and the vineyard and associated facilities are effectively now an extension … Continue reading

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University of Adelaide graduates thrive in the world’s southernmost winemaking region

The region of Central Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand, sits astride the 45th parallel, making it the southernmost winemaking region in the world. This stunningly beautiful region is reminiscent of Switzerland with snow-capped mountains to over 2,000m, … Continue reading

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Grape-a-hol: How Big Business is Subverting Artisan Winemaking and the Future of Fine Wine

Introducing Grape-a-hol! Grape-a-hol: How Big Business is Subverting Artisan Winemaking and the Future of Fine Wine, by Michael F. Spratt and Mark L. Feldman As indicated in the title, this book pulls no punches. In summary, “this book exposes the … Continue reading

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Fassina – An SA family treasure

The Fassina family owns and operates a chain of liquor stores in South Australia (SA). Why is Fassina an SA family treasure? Because they have heart and creativity and good honest values. I chatted to Ross Fassina and his daughter … Continue reading

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Spicy and suave – the Alsatian sensation – Hugel gewürztraminer

Those who follow the Tigchandler blog will know of my passion for this noble grape – gewürztraminer. This is how the Tig blog was born, reviewing New Zealand’s Brookfields and Coopers Creek gewürztraminers. New Zealand continues to excite with stunning … Continue reading

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Superb and surprising Australasian tasting at Fassina!

How lucky am I that I live so close to Fassina Liquor in Somerton Park, Adelaide! They have one great wine-tasting event after another – see for example the mid-winter d’Arenberg tasting showcasing some of McLaren Vale’s best and from … Continue reading

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International #Chardonnay Day!

Thursday 26 May 2011 was International #Chardonnay Day! I saw this event being advertised by Rick Bakas the first director of social media in the wine industry in April 2011 when he toured Australia, as he kicked off this trend … Continue reading

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Private labels – back to Australia and back to wine

Introduction Welcome to the fifth and final article in the private label series for Wine2030, a forward-looking wine research network at the University of Adelaide. I have asked questions throughout this series and started to answer some of them – it … Continue reading

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The key to success – building and retaining customer loyalty

“Private label has existed in Europe since the beginning of the 19th century. But it wasn’t until the 1970s when Sainsbury penetrated the European market that private label became an important part of grocery retailing. As in Australia, private label … Continue reading

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