Cheers, 16 Nov 2014 – Stoneleigh, Masi and Christchurch festival…

This column was first published in the Herald on Sunday 16 November 2014.

Awesome foursome

Polly, Maggie, Elyse and Glen from Auckland and Louise of Lower Hutt must be tickled pink (or should that be tickled pale lemon, in the case of the chardonnay?) to see their digital art on the new Stoneleigh Nature’s Collection wines. Early this year, Kiwis were asked to capture their favourite nature scenes to feature on a sauvignon blanc (outstanding, by the way), chardonnay, rose and pinot noir. My pick of the foursome is the 2014 Stoneleigh Nature’s Collection Marlborough Chardonnay; buttery and smooth from aging in big old oak vats, RRP $17.99.

Fresh off the Italian boat

2013 Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio & Verduzzo $24.50
Italy is best known for its tradition but here’s a tasty white slice of the country’s innovation; a combo of popular pinot gris with the verduzzo grape adding fresh crisp acidity to this zesty white. It’s new on the list at Gusto restaurant at SkyCity. Or buy from

Southern food ‘n wine fest

Heading south in December? If so, head to Hagley Park for the Christchurch South Island Wine & Food Festival on 6 December. Yours truly is taking a seminar on chardonnay.