Joelle Thomson

Wine writer and award winning wine author

What I am drinking, reading and savouring each week


Hawke's Bay

Saturday 25 February 2023Rain continues, heartbreakingly, to fall in Hawke's Bay where water levels start to rise again...As we contemplate the last weekend of summer in New Zealand, many could be forgiven for wondering if the first weekend of summer ever really arrived. It ...
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Relief is on its way to Hawke's Bay today with the launch of a Cyclone Gabrielle fundraiser by Hawke's Bay Winegrowers Charitable Trust, which will match donations of $30,000, but is encouraging all donations, no matter how small.The cyclone has devastated many vineyards and...
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Reports from friends and winemakers in Hawke's Bay say the devastation is worse than it looks online and on television news. Silt and sludge have washed away lives and livelihoods in New Zealand's second largest wine region, an area known as one of the fruit bowls of the cou...
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Good vintages come in pairs in Hawke's Bay, as the latest duo of 2019 and 2020 Homage Syrah show. This wine of the week is from the 2019 vintage and while I have had the privilege of tasting (as a critic and wine writer) the 2020, it will not be released for another year... ...
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How much would you pay to taste New Zealand's best Syrah?  Questions of best and worst are fraught propositions at the best of times, if you'll excuse the pun and this month's release of the 2020 Gimblett Gravels Annual Vintage Selection reds definitely raises the bar o...
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International Chardonnay Day is on the Thursday before the last Monday in May each year, which means it was last week, making it timely for the release of three new Hawke's Bay Chardonnays from one of the region's key producers. Chardonnay is the world's most popular white w...
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She loves champagne, Riesling and her family and she loathes cork taint. Mary-Jeanne Hutchinson is the woman behind the stories of Craggy Range Wines, a Hawke's Bay winery with more vineyard land in Martinborough's majestic Te Muna Valley. She works as an ambassador for Crag...
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