Tag Archives: New Zealand

• UPDATE: Storm over beer-swilling bride

UPDATE: Storm over beer-swilling bride

She had a beer. So what. Taranaki’s beer-drinking bride Katrina Hayman is bemused by controversy that has erupted after a photo of her drinking a beer at the Taranaki Bride of the Year competition was published in the Taranaki Daily News yesterday. Organisers have called for an apology, many callers have expressed their displeasure and […]

• Beer-swilling bride sparks controversy in New Zealand

Beer-swilling bride sparks controversy in New Zealand

A front-page photo showing a contestant in a Bride of the Year competition taking a swig of beer has sparked controversy in New Zealand. Katrina Hayman, a pig midwife, was snapped by the Taranaki Daily News as 34 women relived their big day for the event. “At your wedding you’re relaxed because you have your family […]

• Marlborough touted as next big Pinot region

Marlborough touted as next big Pinot region

Marlborough is emerging as one of the most exciting regions to watch for New Zealand Pinot Noir, according to a number of the country’s top producers. Steve Smith MW, founder of Craggy Range, believes the international thirst for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has lead to an interest in the region’s fledgling Pinots. “Not many producers will […]

• Oregon wins top spot in International Pinot Noir blind tasting

Oregon wins top spot in International Pinot Noir blind tasting

Germany scooped seven of the top 10 spots in an International Pinot Noir blind tasting held last week in London, but it was Oregon which took the top spot. The Antica Terra 2009 Pinot Noir was awarded first place, a wine produced on 40 acres in the Eola-Amity Hills of the Willamette Valley. In addition […]

• Asahi buys NZ firm for $1.3 billion in pre-mixed drinks

Asahi buys NZ firm for $1.3 billion in pre-mixed drinks

Asahi Group Holdings (2502.T) is acquiring New Zealand beverage group Independent Liquor for $1.3 billion, giving the Japanese brewing giant a ready-to-drink cocktail maker to add to its stash of assets in the Oceania market. Japanese brewers have been on an overseas spending spree, mainly in Asia and Oceania due to their proximity and growth […]

• Finally! Your Very Own Personal Brewing Machine

Finally! Your Very Own Personal Brewing Machine

The WilliamsWarn Personal Brewery is the miracle that beer drinkers have been praying for. After 5000 years of brewing, the technology finally exists to allow you to brew the perfect beer. Your Personal Brewery is a breakthrough created by our brewmasters through a combination of their deep love of beer and their extensive knowledge of […]

• How to Avoid U.S. Sauvignon Blancs That Taste Like Your Lawn

How to Avoid U.S. Sauvignon Blancs That Taste Like Your Lawn

More often than not when ordering a white wine I go for a Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume, made from the sauvignon blanc grape in France’s Loire Valley. I find it as versatile as an aperitif as I do with a wide variety of foods to follow, and the price is usually right. What I almost never […]

• California wine gets an international lift. But is it enough?

California wine gets an international lift. But is it enough?

California winemakers are breaking out the party hats. Exports are booming. Foreign shipments rebounded to a record $1.14-billion (U.S.) in 2010, up 25.6 per cent from 2009. Numbers like that no doubt made Arnold Schwarzenegger’s day – until the Terminator’s day – and more critically, his wife, Maria Shriver’s – imploded after news he fathered […]

• Bill Foley Forms Strategic Alliance With Australian Wine Company

Producer, Marketer and Distributor of Fine Wine Acquires Non-Controlling Interest in Wineinc. Bill Foley, owner and operator of Foley Family Wines, announced that Foley Family Wines New Zealand has acquired a non-controlling interest in Australian wine company Wineinc, developer of acclaimed Australian wines Gotham, Wine Men of Gotham, Stalking Horse, Rusty Gate, Mastermind and StepXStep […]

• Nice. Scotch distillers unite for Japan

Nice. Scotch distillers unite for Japan

A Group of seven Scotch whisky distillers have come together to produce a Scotch to raise money for disaster relief in Japan. Arran, Benriach, Bladnoch, Glendronnach, Mitchell’s Glengyle, Kilchoman and Springbank have each donated a cask of single malt to be blended into the limited edition Spirit of Unity whisky. There will be a production […]

• YES! Beer for breakfast! New Zealand brewery unveils morning brew

YES! Beer for breakfast! New Zealand brewery unveils morning brew

What took you beer guys so long? It’s 2011 and you’re only just now coming up with a brew targeted to morning drinkers? New Zealand’s Moa Brewery is focusing on a grossly underserved segment of the beer-drinking population with the introduction of Moa Breakfast, a brew worth getting out of bed for. This is what […]

• Recreated Shackleton’s whisky deemed delicious & ready for its close-up

Recreated Shackleton’s whisky deemed delicious & ready for its close-up

The whisky found under the Antarctic explorer’s hut has been recreated and is ready for sipping. Few of us would want to relive Ernest Shackleton’s arduous and ultimately unsuccessful trek to the South Pole 103 years ago. But a Glasgow distillery is betting that a whole lot of people will want to sip the Scotch […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” Would you believe? At Whole Foods!

“a woman walks into a bar…” Would you believe? At Whole Foods!

Yes, people, there’s a wine bar at Whole Foods. Actually, at several Whole Foods. What? Now you can get everything from soup to nuts, to colon cleansers, to wine bar hospitality all in one place. Yes, curiosity got the better of me so I had to investigate and headed down to Venice. California, that is, […]

• New Zealand Winemakers join forces to tackle US market

New Zealand Winemakers join forces to tackle US market

Winemakers from three regions are joining forces in what is thought to be the first New Zealand independent consortium to market itself in the United States market. Nelson’s Seifried Estate, Forrest Estate and Lake Chalice Wines from Marlborough and Carrick Wines from Central Otago have set up a company to import and sell their range […]

• You ready for this? Wine in a pouch?

You ready for this? Wine in a pouch?

If you’re nostalgic for those fun Capri Sun pouches you sipped as a kid, you might be interested in the new package wine package vintners are trying out in an effort to be eco-friendly. Indulge Wines, headquartered in Buellton (Santa Barbara County), California, recently rolled out two 1.5L wines packaged in an “Astrapouch”: a 2009 […]