Tag Archives: New Zealand

• We love this guy so he’s excused for launching another celebrity wine

We love this guy so he’s excused for launching another celebrity wine

Graham Norton, of English chat show fame…and well-deserved, we might add…launched his very own SauviGNon blanc and it has flown off the shelves in the UK and Ireland. It is said that Graham spent a whole day tasting a few samples from six different vineyards in the Marlborough region and came up with his very […]

• Apparently drinking semen is a big deal in New Zealand

Apparently drinking semen is a big deal in New Zealand

So, The Green Man Pub in Wellington, New Zealand is launching a stag semen “milked” stout and, if you’re concerned about the quality of the semen, pub co-owner Steve Drummond is reassuring, “It’s export-quality semen, we only deal with the best.” This isn’t the first time the pub has come up with some ‘exotic’ offerings. In 2011, […]

• Carlos Santana Sells Hot Tequila Biz In Latest Booze Deal

Carlos Santana Sells Hot Tequila Biz In Latest Booze Deal

U.S. alcoholic beverage giant Constellation Brands (IW 500/306) (STZ) said Wednesday it will buy Casa Noble, a Mexican organic tequila maker partly owned by music icon Carlos Santana. “As the first super premium spirits brand we’ll add to our portfolio, Casa Noble is a natural fit,” Constellation CEO Rob Sands said, adding that the acquisition […]

• Going to Bali? Tourists Warned Not To Drink Arak

Going to Bali? Tourists Warned Not To Drink Arak

A travel insurer has apparently warned Australians not to drink the local arak while on holiday in Bali following a spate of methanol poisonings. According to the New Zealand Herald, recent years have seen a rise in poisonings among Australian and New Zealand tourists in Indonesia and Travel Insurance Direct Online is now advising against […]

• Alexander the Great was killed by toxic wine, says scientist

Alexander the Great was killed by toxic wine, says scientist

A leading toxicologist said Alexander the Great, whose death has baffled scientists for centuries, may have died after drinking toxic wine made from a poisonous plant. A leading toxicologist may have solved the 2,000-year-old mystery of what killed Alexander the Great. The ruler of the largest kingdom in the ancient world died at just 32 […]

• Portland winery too hip for bottles, releases Pinot noir in cans

Portland winery too hip for bottles, releases Pinot noir in cans

Although they stopped just short of putting a bird on it, the folks at Portland’s Union Wine Co. have decided that old-fashioned wine bottles just aren’t hip enough, and will soon sell their signature Underwood Pinot Noir in a 12oz can. Now, you still probably don’t want to guzzle Pinot with fried chicken (proper pairings […]

• Love the smell of beer or blue cheese? Thank your DNA

Love the smell of beer or blue cheese? Thank your DNA

Scientists claim we all smell scents differently because of our genes. A study of 200 people has found that genes determine our sense of smell People worse at smelling certain scents also described them differently Certain people were more than 10,000 times better at detecting floral scents The craving for beer or cheese could be […]

• Hard Cider Making A Comeback

Hard Cider Making A Comeback

Cider is making a major comeback — and I don’t mean the juice that comes in small boxes with a straw. I’m referring to the fermented type, which in the U.S. is always called “hard cider,” to distinguish it from the nonalcoholic juice. Believe it or not, up until the mid-19th century, cider was the […]

• Craft Beer Now 30% of Costco’s Beer Sales

Craft Beer Now 30% of Costco’s Beer Sales

US retail giant Costo has announced that craft beer now accounts for 30% of the company’s total beer sales. Though it’s not only at Costo that craft beer is gaining shelf space – sales of micro brews are on the up in supermarkets and licquor stores in New Zealand. The New World supermarket chain has […]

• Do we really need this? Pinot Noir flavored popcorn?

Do we really need this? Pinot Noir flavored popcorn?

A gourmet popcorn bar in New York combined two healthy foods into a trendy snack — wine-soaked popcorn, the artisan popcorn maker says. Artisan popcorn maker Populence teamed up with the New Zealand winery Kim Crawford to create two new wine-soaked popcorn flavors: Pinot Noir Chocolate Drizzle and Sauvignon Blanc Kettle, ABC-News reported. “I love […]

• Two Epic Weeks in Brew Zealand – Part I: The Beer Industry

Two Epic Weeks in Brew Zealand – Part I: The Beer Industry

When most people think of New Zealand the epic landscapes come to mind – breathtaking fiords, picturesque bays, enchanting glaciers, dense forests, thermal wonders, and mythical beaches. When beer geeks think of New Zealand epic hops likely come to mind – Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, Riwaka, Pacifica, Hallertau and Pacific Jade. Sierra Nevada’s Southern Hemisphere Harvest […]

• Beware in Bali. Backpacker blinded by methanol cocktail

Beware in Bali. Backpacker blinded by methanol cocktail

Emergency doctors are warning about the dangers of tainted cocktails in South-East Asia after a 19-year-old American woman was left with permanent visual impairment after consuming multiple drinks containing methanol. The backpacker drank eight to 10 complementary cocktails at two Bali bars and arrived in New Zealand 35 hours later suffering shortness of breath and […]

• US billionaire saves New Zealand Wine Company

US billionaire saves New Zealand Wine Company

American-owned Foley Family Wines has saved the struggling New Zealand Wine Company. In a statement the Marlborough winemaker said Foley Family Wines, owned by American billionaire Bill Foley, would take 80% of the company to satisfy NZ Wine’s bankers by cutting at least $5 million of debt. According to its June 30 accounts, NZ Wine had group […]

• Another one?! New Zealand merchant jailed for wine fraud

Another one?! New Zealand merchant jailed for wine fraud

New Zealand wine merchant Simon Mickleson has been jailed after scamming clients out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Mickleson was sentenced today in Auckland to two years and four months in prison after earlier pleading guilty to 16 counts of fraud. Judge Grant Fraser described the Mickleson as “sophisticated” and said there was still […]

• Yum! Wine-infused Popsicles, perfect for summer

Yum! Wine-infused Popsicles, perfect for summer

When it comes to wine, I typically prefer mine in liquid form. But when the PR team representing Kim Crawford Wines approached me about testing their vino-based popsicles, I couldn’t resist. They even sent me a kit to bribeease me into the task. The kit included a pair of people’s pops-designed recipes for pinot noir-infused […]