Sunday, December 3, 2017


The Wine Guy just told me about that bastard AJ and his aesthetically challenged sidekick Baxter.

I agree with TWG's wine suggestions but would add some beer:

Saturday, November 4, 2017


I note that Constellation, one of the world's largest beer, wine and spirits company has purchased shares in Canopy Growth a Canadian medical marijuana company.

Constellation shares having been running hot over the last few years (sadly after I left the company).
This investment no doubt will give Constellations shares a new 'high'

Sunday, February 16, 2014


Have you noticed that in any country outside of France, Australia and New Zealand winemakers label Pinot Gris as Pinot Grigio?

In some ways this is a good thing as the godawful offerings from Italy, USA and South America are basically shit. The wines are usually made from under ripe grapes and are sulphured to hell.

 In Northern Italy the grapes don't ripen properly because the climate isn't good enough and in warmer countries grapes are picked early, before they are fully ripe to retain 'freshness'. What a lot of codswallop (they do this in South Africa with Sauvignon Blanc, trying to emulate a Marlborough style) as all you get is wine made from sour grapes that tastes weak, bitter and because it's basically out of balance, doctored with preservatives.
Avoid it al all costs.

What really pisses me off though is that now producers of fairly good Pinot Gris from countries that can make the stuff properly, are labelling it as Pinot Grigio. This doesn't include France however but that's just attributable to their arrogance.
This is done so that stupid consumers in UK, Canada and USA can recognise their 'favourite' plonk. Why they think that Pinot Grigio should be their favourite is anyone's guess - either they are stupid or have been cleverly duped by the marketers.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


The joke goes something like this:

Patient: "Doctor, my arm hurts when I hold it up like this"

Doctor: "Well stop doing that then"

I read that Anne-Claude Leflaive of the Burgundy house Leflaive, in an interview with drinks business was complaining that cork failure was responsible for oxidation in her wines.

“We don’t know exactly where the problem comes from, but we think it comes from the cork,” Leflaive told db.
Well, hello, why doesn't she wake up and use screwcaps?

Saturday, December 22, 2012


Yes, I know I've said I hate acronyms but this one standing for 'just in time' time appeals bcause it sounds like 'shit' which is not unlike the word I uttered when remembering that I'd put the Deutz Rose in the freezer to give it a rapid chill before opening it yesterday afternoon.

My panic was born of experience. See link here:  FROZEN CHAMPAGNE

Luckily all was OK and the wine was bloody delicious - well worth seeking out particularly when on special. Ours bought for $24.99 down from $44.95. We bought plenty.

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Richard (of RBB) wrote a post some time ago of his experiences ordering wine in RSA's and Cosmopolitan clubs. These drinking establishments are used to serving beer and spirit drinks so wine is usually out of the norm.

I now know how he feels.

I recently joined the local club up North where I live. It is not an RSA or a Cosmopolitan club but is similar. Its just up the road so quite handy. I've only been there a couple of times so on Friday night, as I was alone (Her Indoors is on Stewart Island this weekend) I decided to go to the club for tea instead of cooking. My sister told me that they serve great fish and chips and salad. She was right - it was superb.

When I went to the bar to order a wine (Mount Riley Chardonnay) the bar maid asked if I wanted it in a tall glass or a half-pint handle.


Half pint handle
Had she been checking out the recycle bin on Monday mornings to see how much Chardonnay I get through? I know that I drink a bit of the stuff but a half-pint glass!

Maybe she was a Brit.

Not uncommon it seems in the UK.

I siad that I preferred a wine glass which I duly got (filled to the brim for $5 - a bargain).

I think If I frequent the club a lot I'd better not drive.

Monday, October 15, 2012


No doubt you've noticed the huge increase in the offerings of sparkling wines in New Zealand. As well as the growth of excellent Methode Traditionelle wines (Champagne style, bottle fermented) and the continued popularity of carbonated styles there has been the introduction of sparkling versions of Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and just about every other varietal.

Production volumes and percentages have greatly increased and. as we export very little sparkling wine compared to other wine types the domestic consumption has gone up.

Now, given that New Zealand's population has not increased very much at all (1% increase last year) then who is drinking all the extra sparkling wine?

It must be the younger drinkers.