Joelle Thomson

Writer, author, journalist

Dry grown new wine of the week

September 28, 2022
New Chardonnay from old dry grown vines 18.5/20 2021 Tony Bish Skeetfield Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay RRP $67.99 A stunning new wine with bold flavours, a big body and a nuance of creamy appeal made from dry grown Mendoza Chardonnay grapes from the Skeetfield Vineyard. This was...
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The West Auckland Trust will remove thousands of bottles of Russian vodka and beer from its 26 stores today and replace them with the Ukrainian flag. The West Auckland Trusts owns 26 retail stores as well as hospitality venues throughout the region and will stop selling thou...
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Jules Taylor says she immediately returned home to Marlborough to beg for her first job after she finished her winemaking studies at Lincoln University in Canterbury.  "I always imagined working in viticulture but after doing a vintage, I kind of got majorly sidetracked...
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It's all about skin contact...

September 13, 2022
The day is looking distinctly pink or should that be pale pink through to deep salmon? There's a line up of pink wines in front of the computer and the colours seem to span every hue of the pink rainbow, if there was such a thing. It's a far more varied range of colour than ...
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A century and a quarter is a long time for New Zealand’s young wine industry and that’s what the winemakers, media and many others in the wine industry, including yours truly, are celebrating tonight at Church Road winery in Hawke’s Bay. The winery makes one of th...
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Behind every great rosé

September 1, 2022
Behind every great pink wine, there's a big market ready to lap it up and in the case of Poppies Rosé, this truth holds, despite a relatively high price tag - proving that there's no stopping the rise of rosé. This wine is made by Poppy Hammond for Poppies of Martinborough...
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It was originally home to bulls and now Bull Paddock Vineyard is full of Sauvignon Blanc grapes at Dillons Point in the lower Wairau Valley, Marlborough. Here's my top pick of a bunch of great whites tasted over the past seven days. Wine of the week19/20 2022 Rapaura Sp...
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Temperamental, needing constant care and attention and highly changeable, why is Pinot Noir a natural fit for New Zealand?

Haunting, subtle, thrilling and brilliant. Pinot Noir production is on the rise globally with a 24 per cent increase since 2021 according to Wine-Searcher. Pinot Noir has always been a problem child. Unstable, thin skinned and constantly changing so that it is unreliable at ...
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A new Dawn sparkling wine

August 22, 2022

Wine of the week... Dawn

Saint Clair Dawn NV RRP $37.99 Wines such as this one can tear at the heartstrings, given its history - it's a tribute to its eponymous namesake, Dawn Ibbotson, who lived to be 105 and inspired her family to make this wine in her name. Saint Clair Family Estates co...
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Ben Dugdale has made wine in Martinborough for the past two decades and believes that no region in New Zealand is better than any other when it comes to Pinot Noir - the flagship wine style of this small wine area. "Each region produces superlative Pinot Noir in a global con...
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