We love Riverstone Kitchen!

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In the Vineyard pruning is almost completed and the usual running repairs to posts and wires is well underway. Rabbit control occupies our thoughts and Tony Lingard and Blair have been filling holes around the “rabbit proof” perimeter of the vineyard with rocks – a somewhat temporary measure I am afraid. So very cute those rabbits, but they have no respect!

In the garden Spring is very much in evidence.  Violets have spread wonderfully, in purple, cream, pink, rose and violet.  We are always reminded of how the older generation used to wear fresh violets on their lapel. The delicious scent of daphne wafts through the air too – we will be taking cuttings this year, when the flowering is over.The hellebores are marvellous this year and they are sending up babies every where, after sulking last year.

Congratulations to Monique and Bevan at Riverstone Kitchen for taking out the supreme award from Cuisine this year. So worthwhile taking a trip to Oamaru to eat there! Needless to say they stock Bald Hills – our “3 Acres” Pinot Noir.

Riverstone Kitchen, Oamaru, North Otago

Riverstone Kitchen, Oamaru, North Otago

New Queensland Distributor. Paul McMonagle of Gaia Fine Wine Merchants is based in Brisbane and distributes for us from Ballina to Cairns. Paul has a wonderful knowledge of wine, is energetic and highly regarded in the industry so we are very happy to have formed an association with him. Paul  (Cell: 041 775 0991) will tell you where to find our wine along the Queensland Coast when next you are in Australia.

Tasting a lineup of Central Otago 2009 Pinots tomorrow afternoon at Northburn Station. The tasting follows the format of the former Central Otago Pinot Noir  “Sneak Preview” at which wine gurus  from around New Zealand blind taste and comment on the vintage.  We COWA members will also taste once the closed session is completed and listen to a report from those very knowledgeable wine persons.It is always a most interesting exercise and a fine opportunity to savour the differences between the various sub-regions.

Thankyou to all of you Aucklanders and Wellingtonians who have been so helpful in recommending your favourite Restaurants. Progress is being made and we will report back to you as soon as there is confirmation of placements.

Thinking of you folk in Christchurch,


Estelle and Blair