Wine Tasting: Ohau Wines

Ohau 2An hour and a half south of Whanganui lies the closest thing to a local winery: Ohau Wines, between Otaki and Levin. On a recent trip south to visit my sister in Wellington I decided to stop in. It was a cold, grey day, but the welcome at the small cellar door was warm and the marketing manager (whose name I regrettably forgot to ask) was passionate and knowledgeable.

I came to know of Ohau Wines when I discovered their Woven Stone range in a local supermarket, but I was amazed by the range of wines they had available – enough that I had to decline to taste many of them to ensure I could continue south safely and legally. Woven Stone (which is good wine) is their low-end, mass-produced supermarket range, and the winery has been doing some interesting things with their direct-sale-only wines. Continue reading “Wine Tasting: Ohau Wines”

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In My Wine Rack

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My wine rack. Note that it contains only wine, rather than random bottles of vinegar, olive oil, fizzy drink… I am quite proud of this.

While popping away the wine from my weekly shop recently I noticed that my very modest six-space wine rack was, for the very first time, completely full of bottles of wine. On closer examination I was rather pleased to realise that I had what I think passes as a well-balanced selection. Continue reading “In My Wine Rack”

The Winery, Queenstown

A self-serve wine-tasting bar? It’s certainly an interesting concept, and when Becks and I happened to walk past The Winery in Queenstown over Easter I knew I had to check it out… just as soon as Lent was over.

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Sauvignon Blanc dispenser at The Winery.

So on Easter Monday, the last day of our holiday, I wandered back and spent a pleasant hour trying it out. Continue reading “The Winery, Queenstown”

Wine Profile: Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc (c) Wine Folly.
Sauvignon Blanc (c) Wine Folly.

In the 1980s New Zealand burst onto the international wine scene with crisp, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region at the top of the South Island. It was good. Really good, and thus New Zealand’s international wine industry was born. Continue reading “Wine Profile: Sauvignon Blanc”