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Wine reviews, commentary, thoughts, and photography of New Zealand wine from Vinography.
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2004 Craggy Range "The Quarry" Bordeaux Blend, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Started by Terry Peabody, an international businessman, and Steve Smith, an extremely accomplished viticulturalist, Craggy Range Winery has been built in a fashion that few could afford, but to which any ambitious winemaker would aspire. Peabody and Smith sought out (and sometimes waited patiently for) only the best vineyard parcels in most of New Zealand's wine regions with the goal of making... READ MORE

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2007 Craggy Range "Zebra Vineyard" Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand A relatively compact landmass, New Zealand nonetheless seems to possess every possible topography and climate. Tropical rainforests, glaciers, arid plains, high deserts, rich low country farmlands, coastal beaches, and alpine foothills, to name just a few. While the country may perhaps be known best for its cool-climate winegrowing, it should really come as no surprise that its...

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If you you take all the Pinot Noir winegrowing regions of the world and you subtract out all that are in Europe, and likewise all that are on the west coast of the United States, what are you left with? Quite a few places, really, but all of them might be lumped together in a flight of fancy under the name "New New W

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New Zealand's Central Otago wine region, as is common with many "newer" wine regions in their early stages of development, is actually several distinct regions in one. The first view of the region, and the first of the smaller distinct areas that most travelers encounter is the stunning landscape of the Gibbston Valley. The thing about Gibbston valley, though, is

Chard Farm Winery, Central Otago, NZ: Current Releases

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Hello and happy holidays from New Zealand. Ruth and I have now visited the Central Otago, Martinborough, and Hawkes Bay wine regions and I have lots to report, but very little internet connectivity to do so. We've visited over 30 wine producers from all of these regions, and tried dozens of wines in wine bars and restaurants around the country. There's some good wine in this country (and some bad). I'll be writing up my visits to some of our favorite producers in the coming days (provided I…

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We're still tooling around New Zealand, but will (sadly) be returning home to the post-holiday grind in California. While Ruth and I are here, though, we're enjoying ourselves to the fullest, and like most of our vacations that involves drinking a lot of wine and eating a lot of good food. Luckily we don't know how (and aren't bothering to find out) how to convert Stones to Pounds, so the scales offered in our hotels can't give us meaningful and depressing evidence of how well we are eating.

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Go as far back in human storytelling as you like, the myth of the evil twin or the dark child and the light child can be found. The lore of the mirror image, the inverted personality has manifest famously in all our imaginations, from Cain and Abel to Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I think we all have a side of ourselves that balan

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There's something quite romantic about a wine region whose every hill bears a name given long ago, and whose byways and thoroughfares are often labeled in the same tongue, describing where they will take you or the quality of the journey you'll have along the way. Just outside of the quaint little Victorian farming community of Martinborough, New Zealand the roads quickly devolve to country roads...

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New Zealand is certainly a land of surprises. A relatively compact landmass, it seems to possess every possible topography and climate. Tropical rainforests, glaciers, arid plains, high deserts, rich low country farmlands, coastal beaches, and alpine foothills, to name just a few. While the country may perhaps be known best for its cool-climate winegrowing, it should really come as no surprise that its winegrowing regions mirror the diversity of its larger geography. The fact that the…

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The equation of one hand, one vine, one wine serves as a cornerstone to many wine lovers in search of the best wines in the world. Without getting into a thorny argument about whether smaller producers actually make better wine on the whole than larger ones, it is impossible

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