The Friday wine interview… Jules from Q

Coffee and yoga are what get Jules Matthews out of bed each morning – and her role as the GM of Q Wines from the Waitaki Valley


What’s your favourite part of the day? 

JM: I love the early morning silence and serenity before others are about.

What inspires you each morning?

JM: Yoga and fresh coffee.

What trends do you see emerging with wine today?

JM: There has being a resurgence of rosé, which I love, especially if it is made from Pinot Noir. It captures the summer mood perfectly.

How has your wine drinking changed over the years? 

JM: Historically I was always a Chardonnay drinker but have also grown to love Pinot Noir and have always loved Champagne so now challenging my winemaker in making the best blanc de blanc possible.

What’s your favourite wine and music match or wine and food match?

JM: I will opt for the food match as I love experimenting with food and cooking lead me into wine. I love champagne and oysters; in fact the first time I hosted a tasting of Q Pinot Gris, it was alongside Bluff oysters – a perfect match.

What’s your favourite wine?

Chardonnay and I have become very selective as to which one.

When did you decide to dive in and work with wine?

JM: I started dabbling with wine education in the late ’90s and in 2005 I was presented with the opportunity to develop Q and it has grown from there.

What makes wine rewarding? 

JM: Each vintage brings its new challenges but I love the ability to enjoy wine with friends and great food. For me, working alongside interesting restaurants and the entrepreneurial owners is always a bonus.

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