Syrah vs Shiraz : Is there a difference?

Ever wondered what the difference is between a Shiraz (shi-raz) and a Syrah (sih-rah)? It’s pretty simple really. They are essentially the same wine. In fact they are made from the same red grape! Yes, you read that right, the same grape! So why the difference in name you ask? The red grape variety which... Continue Reading →


My big move across the ditch

I’ve gone and done it; made the move from little New Zealand across the ditch to the Barossa Valley in South Australia. At the beginning of this week I packed my suitcase and flew to Adelaide, where I would start my Australian experience. So far I have only seen one kangaroo, quite a few spiders... Continue Reading →

Beginner’s Guide to Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir (Pronounced pee-no nwah) Pinot Noir is known as one of the most expensive wines in the world, but why exactly is that? Born in the Burgundy region of France, where some of the best wines in the world are still produced to this day, Pinot Noir is an intense and expressive red grape... Continue Reading →

Wine Tasting Etiquette

Here in New Zealand it is currently the middle of summer and the perfect opportunity to get out to some of the wine growing regions to visit some cellar doors. Whether you are a wine newbie or a seasoned taster, visiting cellar doors and wine tasting events is a fantastic way to learn what wines... Continue Reading →

Wine Jargon Interpreted

Quite often I get asked what the heck I am talking about when I go off on one of my wine tangents, throwing around words my friends and family have never heard before. So I thought it was time I interpreted some of the common wine jargon so that you too can understand my ramblings...... Continue Reading →

How White Wine is Made

White wine can be made with red or white grapes. There are many techniques that can be used to make wine. White wine varies from red wine in that it is fermented without the grape's skins, resulting in a very light coloured wine. The diagram below outlines basic winemaking techniques that are used when making... Continue Reading →

Beginner’s Guide to Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc (Pronounced sew-veen-yon blonk)  As a Kiwi who has been in the New Zealand wine industry for 6 years now, I've come across my fair share of Sauvignon Blanc. Thought to have originated in the Loire Valley in France, this white grape varietal is very different from other white grape varieties. This is because of it's... Continue Reading →

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