Joelle Thomson

Wine writer and award winning wine author


What I am drinking, reading and savouring each week

Winetopia founder and organiser Rob Elliott is a man on a mission: to bring wine to the masses in a chilled, buzzy and fun environment, without a hint of pretence. The event is an annual fixture in central Wellington and Auckland each year, having begun life in 2016 and, des...
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Winetopia starts in Wellington today Friday 7 June and runs through from tomorrow afternoon into the evening, Saturday 8 June, at the TSB Arena in Wellington. Join me and other wine lovers at Winetopia for wine, food and music and a great time. The focus is on having fu...
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Appellation Marlborough Wine (AMW) has introduced a minimum sugar ripeness level for all wines bearing its trademark of authenticity. “Now more than ever, consumers can be assured that every one of our AMW certified wines is an authentic, quality expression of ou...
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Dr John Forrest is soaking up in the last chilly rays of sun on a late autumn afternoon when we talk about vintage 2024 in Marlborough. He describes the 2024 vintage as one of the best and one of the smallest in the past decade."It was definitely a year for using stalks in t...
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Best white - Dry Riesling

The win of New Zealand's best dry Riesling at The Judgement of London competition last week on Tuesday 20 May closes the gap between the terms Old World and New World, showing that great wines can and do come from all corners of the world. The overall winning wine is Pegasus...
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Wine of the week - aged Pinot Noir

Posted Friday 10 May 2024 PS   Five of the best Pinot Noirs blog will follow this weekend, giving readers a sneak preview of some of the smallest volume, highest quality red wines in New Zealand today.Oscar Wilde is famous for many reasons, including his quick wit,...
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It has famously been said that there is nothing permanent except change, which seems like a brilliant way to get to grips with a friend's change of plan, a rainy day or any of life's interesting curve balls and when it comes to wine, it couldn't be more apt. Innovation ...
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If you love wine, want to know a little more about it but don't have the bandwidth to do a night course, a day course or sign up to serious, qualification based study, what do you do?One of the best places to have fun while you learn about wine is Winetopia. Organiser and ow...
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Adam Eggins shares big red stories

It was one hell of a ride, the 2023 vintage, with colder temperatures and more rainfall than usual. The words are Adam Eggins', who was chatting with me on the eve of vintage 2024 earlier this year. It's a stark contrast to 2023 in South Australia (and in New Zealand, incide...
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Libraries and wine

April 16, 2024
Wine of the week2014 Folding Hill Cellar Release Pinot Noir Libraries are always fascinating places, even more so when they contain wines that have been aging in bottle (or barrel) for a decade or more. The 2014 Folding Hill Pinot Noir is a small volume edition from one...
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