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.

Some vine pictures

It’s another gorgeously hot, sunny day here in London. The vines are loving it. Above there’s a Pinot Noir flower cluster beginning to develop (this will, given nice weather during flowering, end up as a modestly sized bunch of grapes), and below is a shoot tip on another Pinot Noir vine.

Where is this? Picture quiz

Here’s a nice picture of a vineyard. Where is it?

Fizz pictures

Tried taking some generic sparkling wine pictures with today’s lunchtime glasses of Champagne (here chez Goode we feel it is very civilized to drink with Sunday lunch). Here are the results.

Photos from Napa

Just posted my pictures from California’s Napa Valley on the photo section of It’s a beautiful place in autumn when the sun is out. I’ve just finished an article for The Drinks Business on my Napa trip back in November, focusing on how the region is rediscovering its roots: forget about all the cult […]

Wine photographs: Germany

Just been spending some time putting some of my wine photographs online (Photos from Germany: Part 1, Rheingau; and Part 2, Nahe).

In my travels, I’ve collected quite a library of wine pictures, using my trusty Pentax DSLR and with back-up from my handily pocket-sized Panasonic Lumix DMC-Tz5. The problem is, I have been […]

Viewing London from the Enotria tasting

Today was the Enotria tasting, held at ‘Altitude 360’ on the 29th floor of the Millbank Tower. I’d never been here before, but it’s a stunning location with views across London in all directions.

Enotria are a major agency business with a broad portfolio that’s particularly strong in Italian wines, but is becoming strong across the board. […]

Looking across to Porto from Vila Nova

Did some staff training for London restaurant Hakkasan today. The subject? Sherry and Port. It was a fun session, and we finished with the 1985 Taylor, a Port that’s now peaking, showing lovely complex, mature flavours, as well as retaining some fruit and tannin. Lovely stuff.

In preparation I came across this nice picture of Porto, […]

Picture quiz

OK, a quick picture quiz. What variety is being grown here, and where is the vineyard? And what’s unusual about the way the vines are being grown?

A nice picture from NZ, lifting the London gloom

Here’s a picture from my recent trip, which really captures the wildness of the Central Otago wine region. It’s an aerial view of a winery in the Central Otago region. I think it’s in the Gibbston district (and suspect it may be Chard Farm). Can anyone help with a positive identification? Wish I was still […]