Singapore Wine Circle and International Wine Reviews

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Our Trade Visits to NZ Cities. Blair has spent time in the three major cities and has made some great contacts, helped directly by a number of our Newsletter Subscribers living in those areas. Some of the restaurants/outlets will be stocking our wines in the near future.  Meanwhile check out our website for an outlet near you

Blair recently showed our wines to the Halswell Wine Club and the Johnsonville Cellar Club when he visited Christchurch and Wellington  Both nights were cold and miserable but members came out in their numbers and gave Blair and our wines a warm welcome. A primary focus for the next twelve months is to visit as many of the clubs as possible.  Let us know if we can visit yours.

Our visit to Singapore has been very successful. Excellent reviews appeared in both The Wandering Palate (Curtis Marsh)  http://www.thewanderingpalate.com and The Local Nose (Sarah Mayo) http://www.thelocalnose.com . We have also published the articles on our website.  Curtis is a New Zealander who lives in Singapore and publishes in journals throughout Asia, and online. He is a determined espouser of NZ wines. Sarah is one of Singapore’s best-known “noses” and an influential lady in wine circles.  After participating in the Robert Parker event at the magnificent Fullerton Hotel, Bald Hills hosted a wine dinner at well-regarded restaurant “The Wine Garage”.

Masterclass. The Central Otago industry association conducted a masterclass for members last week. Fifteen Central Otago Pinots from Vintages 2006, 2007 and 2008 were shown and the characteristics of each sub-region discussed.  The objective was to learn the best method of conducting a masterclass but a side benefit lay in discovering the differences and similarities between the wines, which were shown “unmasked”, that is, not “blind”. Marvellous! I was reminded of how much fun it is to hold a wine tasting evening at home with a group of  wine-loving friends. You would find the Decanter website an excellent aid to hosting such an evening. http://www.decanter.com

The vineyard has been having a quiet rest after giving its’ all to the 2010 harvest, but not for long. Pruning has commenced, repairs to posts and wires are underway, gravel is being laid and improvements to the headlands and grass swards are underway.

Our road has been sealed! No more dust, no more bone-shaking rattling of visitors’ cars!

Cheers,
Estelle and Blair.