Beards and Rosé

If you have spent any time in the hip­ster bars and cafés of Wel­ling­ton recently, you will no doubt have come to the same con­clu­sion I have: Wel­ling­ton is fast approach­ing ‘peak beard’. Although beards are now pro­lif­ic on both sides of the counter, I ser­i­ously doubt you can find a male behind any bar […]

Wines to drink your mortgage away

Wines to drink your mortgage away

Just recently it was time to refin­ance the mort­gage. After run­ning through some num­bers with my mort­gage broker, he star­ted express­ing con­cern over my cur­rent fin­an­cial plan of tak­ing 25 years to pay off a 15-year mort­gage. After much tut-tut­t­ing, he hit me with the old cup-of-cof­fee-a-day par­able. The one loved by fin­an­cial colum­nists and […]

Hollywood Pinot Blanc

Hollywood Pinot Blanc

In recent years, Wel­ling­ton has become known as a mag­net for film­mak­ing tal­ent from all over the world, but it was wine-mak­ing that brought two Hol­ly­wood pro­du­cers to Marl­bor­ough to see if they could rep­lic­ate California’s oth­er great industry in New Zea­l­and. Joanne and Bruce Kern­er both enjoyed suc­cess­ful pro­du­cing careers in Hol­ly­wood, with involvement […]

Wordsmith and winemaker

Wordsmith and winemaker

A swage of pith-cut­t­ing acid­ity is the first bat­ter up to the plate and is fol­lowed closely by a finely honed team of all stars which pack a com­bined punch like a mer­cen­ary All Black Centre in a heavy-weight box­ing bout.” (Mar­grain Chen­in Blanc) It’s not your typ­ic­al wine descrip­tion, but Strat Can­ning is not your […]