Tasteology - an interview with Cameron Woods

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Tasteology - an interview with Cameron Woods

It’s great hosting visitors to our region, but even better when they write fabulous articles about their experiences when they get home.

Alexandra Cronin (Gregg) traveled to Nelson as part of the UK Flight Centre Famil, and was hosted by Cameron Woods at Tasteology.

Read the full story here.

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Two Golds at NZ International Wine Show

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Two Golds at NZ International Wine Show

The New Zealand International Wine Show is the largest wine competition held in New Zealand. Wines from any country and from any variety can be entered and this year over 2,000 wines were received resulting in 257 Gold, 355 Silver and 822 Bronze medals being awarded.

The judging of the 2018 show took place from the 24th to the 26th September and was chaired by Bob Campbell MW, New Zealand's most experienced senior wine judged and this country's leading wine educator.  Assistant chief judges were Larry McKenna, John Hancock and Peter Cowley.

Two Nelson producers have been awarded Golds: Brightwater Vineyards’ Lord Rutherford Barrique Chardonnay 2016 and Aronui Nelson Albarino 2016.

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Winemaker's footsteps are the best fertiliser

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Winemaker's footsteps are the best fertiliser

Written by Victoria Clark

If there’s one thing Heidi Seifried-Houghton has learned from almost two decades of wine-making, it’s the importance of ‘being in touch’ with the grapes as they’re growing.

There is an old and very true saying in Europe, she says – “the best fertiliser for the vineyard is the winemaker’s footsteps.”  

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Coffee with Rosie

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Coffee with Rosie

Written by Victoria Clark

Two days after graduating from a four-year design degree, Rosie Finn flew to London, determined to become “the next great photographer.”

Her parents, Judy and Tim Finn, had known for many years their only child had no intention of ever joining the family business, Neudorf Vineyards, which they’d founded in the 1970s; and, Rosie says, “they loved that I was going after my dream career.”

Even so, just hours before Rosie left New Zealand – with little money and no job organised - her understandably-anxious mother posted on social media: “Does anyone want to have a coffee with Rosie? She’s coming to London.”

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Tūrangawaewae, our sense of home

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Tūrangawaewae, our sense of home

Written by Victoria Clark

Rachel Taulelei’s passion for the wines she markets through her role as CEO of Kono, runs deep.

The Kono range of wines, Aronui, Tohu and Kono, are produced on land close to where Rachel’s whanau settled many years ago. Her ancestors migrated to ‘the top of the South’ (Te Tau Ihu) from Kawhia in the 1820s and 1830s.

“Our wines are drawn from land that is ancestral to our people,” she explains. “That sense of place, that sense of home is our Turangawaewae.

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Salad & Sauv

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Salad & Sauv

Check out this bowl of deliciousness that pairs beautifully with a Nelson Sauvignon Blanc. Seriously good.

Hearts of Palm Avocado Salad with Shrimp - recipe from Eating Bird Food

Link to recipe

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Think of customers as new friends

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Think of customers as new friends

Written by Victoria Clark

Co-owner of Blackenbrook Vineyard, Ursula Schwazenbach, believes ‘marketing’ is simply a glorified term for relationships. 

“If you talk with people, thinking of them as new friends rather than potential customers, then it usually works out,” says Ursula with a smile. She is passionate about marketing “because I enjoy dealing with people, and relationships are important to me. They are key in any business.”

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A career-changing vintage

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A career-changing vintage

Written by Victoria Clark

Savouring a 2002 Neudorf sauvignon blanc on a wine-tasting outing fifteen years ago, Jane Docherty made an instant decision to pack up her life in London and come home to New Zealand.

“I’m going to be a wine-maker,” she decided, without saying a word to her friends, and left Neudorf Vineyards that day with a case of the career-changing vintage.

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Breaking tradition in a man's world

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Breaking tradition in a man's world

Written by Victoria Clark

As a 20-year-old, determined to learn all she could about wine-making, Emmanuelle David knocked on numerous winery doors, before finally meeting a vintner who didn’t turn her away.

In her home-country of France, the wine industry is steeped in tradition, she says, and very much a man’s world.

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June's exotic & unexpected places

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June's exotic & unexpected places

Written by Victoria Clark

June Hamilton is co-owner and founder of the 21-year-old Kaimira Wines business, but you’re unlikely to ever find her among the grapevines, let alone in the winery.

“The vineyard is not my area, though it’s very beautiful through the seasons and I do like looking at it through the office window,” she laughs. “I would be the world’s worst pruner, and the slowest, too.”

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Three Girls Blush

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Three Girls Blush

Written by Victoria Clark

Fondly acknowledging the three women who create the wines at Kina Cliffs, owner Julie Ashcroft recently decided on a name for the vineyard’s 2018 rosé. She has called it ‘Three Girls’ Blush.’

“The name recognises our viticulturist, Rhiannon Jones, and our wine-maker, Emmanuelle David – and I’m the third ‘girl’ because I planted the vines,” Julie explains.

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Women in Wine Celebration

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Women in Wine Celebration

New Zealand Winegrowers and Women in Wine NZ are hosting an evening of networking, celebration and inspiration on the eve of Bragato 2018.

Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh, the current New Zealand Poet Laureate, is the guest speaker. She is a Pasifika poet-scholar and has three highly acclaimed collections of poetry.  Selina has performed for the Queen at Westminster Abbey and recently poetically MC-ed ‘An Evening with Barack Obama’.  It will be a privilege to hear what inspires her to write such powerful poems and perhaps learn how we can all tap into our inner strengths and creativity.   

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The best use for a sock

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The best use for a sock

Written by Victoria Clark

As a child, one of Anna Seifried’s regular evening chores involved a bottle of wine and a sock.

Setting the dinner table was a favourite task for the Seifried children; Anna and her older siblings, Heidi and Chris. They’d take turns to choose a wine, slip the bottle into a sock and set it on the table.

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Colin Harrison Memorial Trophy winner

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Colin Harrison Memorial Trophy winner

Congratulations to Brightwater Vineyards for last night taking out the annual Colin Harrison Memorial Trophy for their 2016 Lord Rutherford Barrique Chardonnay.

The panel of Judges, made up of Neil Hodgson, Juliane Cormier of Casa del Vino and Jane Docherty of Nelson Winegrowers Association (and former Winemaker of Carrick Wines) said that the Brightwater Vineyards Chardonnay was "the best reflection of what you'd expect from a Nelson Chardonnay". 

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Every plant is different

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Every plant is different

Written by Victoria Clark

Grapevines are not unlike weeds, in that they grow vigorously and need controlling, says Tranja Fry, but unlike weeds, they bring her immense pleasure and she has spent more than 20 years getting to know every vine in her vineyard, Fossil Ridge.

“I enjoy learning about each plant, getting to know it and training it,” says Tranja. “Every plant is different. I like the challenge of pruning them to ensure they’ll perform every season.

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My most favourite time is harvest

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My most favourite time is harvest

Written by Victoria Clark

Twenty-eight vintages on since Jenny Wheeler and her partner Andrew Greenhough established Greenhough Wines, Jenny still marvels at the influence the weather – Mother-Nature - has on the wines we eventually pour and savour.

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Beths Heavens' field

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Beths Heavens' field

Written by Victoria Clark

As a child, Beth Eggers planned on “buying a bit of land and raising sheep” once she was old enough.

She grew up and trained in nursing - “something I said I would never do,” she laughs. But, her determination to fulfil her childhood dream never wavered – although, when she visited the centuries-old vineyards of Germany, she happily adjusted that dream to include a little vineyard.

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Trudy's tricks

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Trudy's tricks

Written by Victoria Clark

Winemaker Trudy Sheild will never forget her first harvest job in the Hunter Valley when her workmate - an Australian named Nigel - assured her: “You don’t need to be a big, burly bloke to be good at this, you just need to know a few tricks.”

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