Monday, 15 November 2010

'Singing for my lunch'

Began the morning with a tour of the lower Awatere (a-wa-tree) valley at the Clifford Bay End, with Vavasour. Then a tasting of their wines showing the regional typicities. Then a generic Marlborough tasting focussing on the sub regions of Awatere, Wairau plains and Waihopai valley. This was followed by a picnic in a stunning oasis of a gardin in a dell of the vineyards, where I had to "sing" for my lunch, by having a video'd and taped Q and A session on the tasting.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Saturday in New Zealand...

Spent a rainy day off in Kaikoura but was with a poly friend that made up for it. Then arrived in Marlborough that evening, to stay with the Scotts. Lots of memories came back from the last trip I made here 17 years ago, attached is a picture of "my" Riesling vines, the oldest in Marlborough that I lovingly tended. --Mimi

Friday, 5 November 2010

Mimi in NZ - Waipara, Marlborough and Nelson...

Up early again, this time starting my self drive tour of Waipara, Marlborough and Nelson. Has got distinctly cooler and a front is coming in from the west. Headed up the highway - only NZ could have a one lane highway! Visited Simon McGeorge at Mudhouse, who also makes Waipara Hills. Bio diversity themes to add to sustainability. Some good solid wines across the ranges, from Waipara, Otago and Marlborough, across the board better than many of the wines tasted at the regional tasting on Monday. Then down the backroads to the very exclusive biodynamic Pyramid Valley.

Stunning whites and unfined, unfiltered reds with a delicious home cooked lunch of pumpkin soup and rabbit terrine. Then up to Mount Beautiful in Cheviot. Shown round by Finn, the vineyard manager - the rain really kicking in. Again well on the sustainable path and a wonderful Sauvignon Blanc with a salty tang of minerality on the finish.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Day 4 in New Zealand - The Speech!

The Speech! - Just gave a very well received speech on the UK wine market and the marketing of premium New Zealand wines in the UK. There were also speeches on China, USA and Sweden. Followed by the great capitals wine awards dinner where we were welcomed by the Maori's.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Mimi Avery in New Zealand - Day 2

We flew to Queens Town at 6 A.M past Mount Cook and were tasyting flights of Central Otago Pinot Noir by 9.30! The extent of Sub-Regional differences are their next piece of PR. Then off to Felton Road. Collected by the man himself, Nigel Greening, we had a tour picking up some block 5 chicken eggs for supper, and helping a duck and her brood of 10 cross the road in Wanaka! Not sure what the queues of traffic thought of it!

Monday, 1 November 2010

Mimi Avery in New Zealand...

Day One -  The opening day of the conference 'Great Wine Capitals' Christchurch. Had a quick tour of Waipara Hills and a 90 wine regional tasting. Muddy Water and Terrace Edge ranges really stood out. Beautiful weather and although only 50 mins north of Christchurch is 6 degrees warmer. Cool in the wind and the shade, but lovely and warm in the sunshine. --Mimi

Mimi will be blogging daily for the duration of her trip. More tomorrow.