Shortlist for 2010 Roederer Awards revealed

The Roederer shortlist for 2010 has been revealed – I’m shortlisted in three categories, but what really counts is winning one, and we’ll have to wait for September to find out.

Shortlist announced for the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2010

International Wine Feature Writer of the Year 2010

Joanne Gibson

Articles from Wine Magazine

Jamie Goode

Articles from [...]

Some wine references in films

Two good films, recently watched, both had some nice wine references.

First, in Zombieland there’s a scene in Bill Murray’s house where Witchita and Columbus drink some Beaulieu Georges de Latour Reserve 1997. They take some time over the wine and even discuss its age.

Then there’s another Californian wine that crops up in impressive thriller Ghost Writer. Ewan [...]

Back from NZ, some more pictures

Arrived back this afternoon. Flight was made uncomfortable by a cold that I’ve developed. I’m now feeling a bit lousy. So I don’t really feel up to anything more than posting a couple of pictures from the trip. Top – Awatere, Marlborough; below – Waiheke; bottom – Waihopai, Marlborough.

Man O’War – spectacular vineyards on Waiheke Island

Today was brilliant. My friend Andrew and I visited Man O’ War vineyards on Waiheke Island, a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland.

Waiheke is almost impossibly beautiful, and Man O’War own a fair chunk of the island. They’ve planted over 60 vineyard blocks across their huge property, making use of the various aspects and elevations [...]

In Auckland with the Hems

Yesterday was great. Spent it with Wine Marlborough. First, a superb tasting of a range of very interesting Marlborough wines, including some superb Pinot Noir and a really fantastic Syrah.

Then, we had a tour round the region, taking in different subregions. Beautiful clear skies. Striking scenery. Lots and lots of new plantings, especially in the [...]

Some lovely Marlborough Pinot Noir

Up early today, for another series of interviews with scientists involved with the Sauvignon Blanc research program. Again, I learned a great deal.

Pictured above is a vial of isobutylmethoxypyrazine, the chemical naturally produced by grapes that has been such a signature of Marlborough Sauvignon.

Then this evening I began with another beer at Dodson Street (Renaissance [...]