about this blog

Kia ora. I love New Zealand wine.

Once upon a time, I was told that wine had less calories than beer. So I put my pint glass down, and gave wine a proper go. Over time, I found its flavours, variety and complexity started to agree with me. And I haven’t looked back.

I look for impactful, flavoursome, and affordable wines for everyday drinking, and keep an eye out for the occasional ‘treat’ wine…

The world-wide world of wine is very wide, so I mostly limit myself to the viticultural production of Aotearoa. My country encompasses a broad range of latitudes and climats that promotes the growth of many different grape varieties, and produce wines that give as much pleasure to the wine drinker as those of Bordeaux,  Burgundy, and the Barossa Valley. And often lighter on the pocket too…

I have my favourites – producers such as  Te Mata (the homestead is pictured above, image courtesy of the internet), Millton, Villa Maria, Spy Valley, Peregrine, Sacred Hill, Ata Rangi, Fromm, CJ Pask, Palliser, Kumeu River, Felton Rd, Escarpment, Nga Waka et al. The list is long, and it is getting longer every day. What a treat it is to live in a country with such great winegrowers and makers!

I am not ignoring wines from the Old World, or other parts of the New, either. I am taking all the opportunities I can to learn about wines from these regions as well, in order to better appreciate, and judge, the wine from our shores.

I also look for wines to buy for my cellar, the ‘Pool Room’, to enjoy when I think they have evolved, and improved. I am not a MW, nor a wine judge, but I research wine, taste widely, visit cellar doors, and I am learning to recognise what is good. On occasion I will bump up against really old NZ wines as well – these are to be savoured and experienced…

…and let’s face it, two glasses in, the buzz is kinda nice as well.

Price indication:

$ – $10-20 (incl. specials)

$$ – $20-30

$$$ – $30 plus

$$$+ – naughty 😉

Rating scale out of 100:

95-100 Classic: a great wine –  I’m thinking about you, that Clos Ste Anne Chardonnay from summer 2013, and the Wild Earth Pinot Noir a while back.

90-94 Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style

85-89 Very good: a wine with special qualities

80-84 Good: a solid, well-made wine

75-79 Mediocre: a drinkable wine that may have minor flaws

50-74 Not recommended – I’m thinking of that horrible Corbans White Label thing. Yeah, I see you hiding at the back.

Expect margins of error in these ratings, a lot of it will do with the mood I’m in, and the company I’m keeping.

This is a record of my journey through New Zealand wine…

He konei ra

d d b


  1. Had a lovely time when we visited NZ a couple of years back. Everyone made us so welcome. And the choice of wines available was great. Wish more of them were available in UK. Love the picture on this page of the white house among the vines.

  2. I love your blog! As one who enjoys a glass (or two or three…) of wine, but is also budget conscious, I appreciate the simplicity of your comments. So refreshing! Thanks for following my blog and I look forward to reading yours 🙂

  3. Could you please give us an email adress where we can write you ?

    Best regards,

    Margaux GUILLOUX
    Château Troplong Mondot

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