Home of fine wine: Clark Estate

Clark Estate needs no introduction for budding wine connoisseurs.     The family owned 36-acre vineyard in the Upper Awatere Valley in Marlborough is home to some of the most delectable vintages in the South Island. One could describe the wines of Clark Estate in three words – powerful, vibrant and authentic. Powerful in terms […]

What’s in the cellar?

There’s a gentleman at FreshChoice Merivale’s Wine Cellar, Andy Gutschlag, who has a real understanding and appreciation for finding the perfect partnership between food and beverages. We caught up with Andy about his top tips.       Can you tell us about yourself? I have spent most of my life in Christchurch. After graduating […]

Twilight in the Vines: CharRees Vineyard

Good things have always been said to come in small packages and when it comes to certain things in life, it’s all about quality over quantity.     CharRees meets both these briefs in a small family owned boutique vineyard just off State Highway One on southern edge of Ashburton, just south of Tinwald. It’s […]

A noble tipple: Clark Estate Winery

Clark Estate Winery’s new wild-fermented range Clericus offers a broader, more sophisticated taste. A derivative of Clark, Clericus is a word associated with the most noble scholars in Roman society – and the exquisite selection is certainly worthy of its namesake.     Slowly ageing since 2016, the Clericus range includes a Wild Sauvignon Blanc […]

Seek Spy, find why: Spy Valley Wines

Hidden in the heart of Marlborough, New Zealand, you’ll find family owned estate Spy Valley Wines featuring award-winning, sustainably crafted wines that capture the unique time and place of every harvest.     Six varieties of grapes are grown on more than 160 hectares of pristine vineyards. It just so happens that the winery and […]

Time-telling tipple

When is the best time to drink wine? Day time? Night time? The correct answer is when the wine has reached optimum temperature.     If wine is not served at an ideal temperature, the flavour profile can change dramatically. That is why family-owned winery Taylors Wines is featuring Optimum Drinking Temperature Sensors on the […]