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Modo Mio one and a half out of three

Or. A Sommelier! a  Sommelier! my kingdom (I don’t actually have one) for a Sommelier! It’s not usually my style to give scores but I couldn’t help myself with Modo Mio. On my 3 point scale (devised just now so … Continue reading

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What I’ve been drinking – 005

Craggy Range Les Beaux Cailloux Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Drunk over 3 days, sealed after the first day then sealed with a wine saver (argon gas) after the second day. Colour, incredibly pale straw with a tinge of green, … Continue reading

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What I’ve been drinking – 004

Picardy Chardonnay 2008 From the wine room, cellar or whatever one should call it, this wine is starting to hit its straps, it is amazing what a couple of extra years in the bottle can achieve for Chardonnay. This has … Continue reading

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New Zealand regions – Hawke’s Bay

This is a region well worth exploring, of particular interest is the Gimblett Gravels sub region* a part of Hawke’s Bay that was thought good only as a Quarry until grapes were planted. The main grapes grown in Hawke’s Bay … Continue reading

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What I’ve been drinking – 003

A Central Otago Night, amongst the mud pools of Rotorua,  in a little piece of France. We set up camp in Rotorua a place famous for its Hot Springs and Mud Pools, not so famous for the all pervasive stench … Continue reading

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New Zealand regions – Gisborne

We had a bottle 2010 Shotberry Chardonnay by Crazy by Nature at the River Hotel in Gisborne over diner, we chose this wine from what was a very short list, shorter than their range of beers. As this wine originated … Continue reading

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What I’ve been drinking – 001

A winning wine, maybe, I was watching the Wallabies Tri Nations win on Saturday night with Acepfv and The Pensioner and the wine we drank was a 1997 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape and it was way better than the last … Continue reading

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One of the Best

Well one of the best wines I have ever had the pleasure of drinking and shareing was a bottle of 1998 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin – Clos de Bèze on a lazy Sunday evening with Cookie and … Continue reading

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Cantina 663, washed down with a Langhe Rosso

Haven’t been here for some time, was keen to go back as it has an eclectic wine list, we sat outside last time, but as winter is upon us, we made sure our booking was for the inside part of … Continue reading

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Robinsons Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Cookie suggested this as a good example of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (NZSB). Plucked from the vineyard bottled, shipped and in store ready to drink in less than 12 months not a bad effort. This is a subtler New Zealand … Continue reading

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