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Food and Sake Adventures in ancient Kyoto

It was a beautiful clear winter day when our Shinkansen floated into Kyoto Station. As usual, we were lined up by the door, ready to jump out when it stopped. They only stop for two minutes each stop, so we were there holding onto the suitcases, as we didn’t plan to go onto Hiroshima, the next stop. Though I have heard that Hiroshima has excellent oysters and a special, Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki, which is very good. Another time……

Cellar Door Progress – Spring Has Sprung

Spring has definitely ‘Sprung’ here in Central Otago - the blossoms are out, lambs are bouncing in the green fields and the vineyard is bursting with activity. The vines made it through bud burst without any frost damage and are looking very happy, healthy...

It’s competition time! Great wines, great prize.

Feel like a luxury weekend in Queenstown? We are delighted to be joining forces with our great friends at The Rees Hotel in Queenstown, to bring you the chance to win two days of indulgence - outstanding wine and food, views and luxury, enjoying Queenstown and the Heart of Central Otago Wine Country. How great would that be!?! Simply purchase our exceptional "Perfect Pinot 12 Pack" for the crazy price of only $499 and you're in to win - the more packs you buy, the more chances to win. This pack normally retails for $612. We are offering free shipping within New Zealand as well so this is...

Vendanges at les Evocelles 2020

Vendanges at les Evocelles started on Monday 31 August this year. Last winter was relatively mild and growth as a whole was in advance. Fortunately, when the lockdown began in France, vineyards were exempted as an essential business and vignerons were able to work throughout the lockdown period, tending to their vines. The year has been relatively dry, though not as dry as 2019. Also good rain last winter helped to build up the water table. There have been three heatwaves during the summer. There were short periods of heat in June and July followed by a longer scorcher in August, which...

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