Complexity Wine Tasting en route between New York City and Montreal

Grapes on a train!!!

All aboard! On September 16th, around 50 sommeliers, journalists, bloggers and winemakers boarded a train in New York City, bound for the beautiful city of Montreal, via a 9 hour journey to New Zealand - or at least a journey through NZ’s wines, courtesy of the Complexity NZ wine project. What an innovative concept – it certainly peaked the interest of the New York wine scene. The…
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Cured venison with gingerbread croutons, matched with Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2001

Local pinot noir celebration held at Cloudy Bay Winery

Saturday was a fairly grey, rainy day here in Blenheim. So what better way to pass the day, than holed up in the barrel hall at Cloudy Bay with various wine industry colleagues and customers, tasting a selection of the best 2009 pinots, followed by a fantastic meal created by chef Des Harris from Auckland’s Clooney Restaurant. The tasting was led by Cloudy Bay winemaker…
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Pinot Palooza

Do you like Pinot Noir? Do you love Pinot Noir? Do you need to find out more about Pinot Noir, to see what all the fuss is about? Then you are looking for a purely indulgent Pinot Noir experience, and you have come to the right place. Get ready to get hip deep in the finest Pinot Noirs produced in the southern hemisphere, and to…
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Marlborough Pinot Back Country Safari

10 quality-focused pinot producers of Marlborough lead their guests on a four-wheel drive tour of some of the back country pinot noir-dedicated vineyards of Marlborough. Avoiding the main roads, the event will highlight the fabulous food, wine, landscape and personalities of this stunning region. Date: 20113-02-02

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CJ breaks the bell

Celebrating 200 years…

Nautilus is a wee youngster in wine terms, at 27 years old. Although that makes us quite ancient and wise (sometimes?) on a Marlborough scale, it is just the blink of an eye compared to say the Antinoris, or the Hugels. However, our mates over at Yalumba in the Barossa can trace their history back to founder Samuel Smith, who would have been celebrating his…
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What I actually tasted

Screwcap or Cork?

It is not the first time someone has done this experiment, but tasting the results for myself, blind, are different to reading someone else’s opinion. The other day CJ asked me to come and taste two wines, blind. I didn’t know what the wines were (it was pretty obvious they were pinot noir, but was I looking at finished wines? Samples? Nautilus or Opawa? ours…
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Kiwi Comfort for London Expats

  Ozone Coffee Roasters recently opened up near Old Street Tube station in London. The owners originally from New Plymouth, and the coffee roasting business has been going strong for some time, but this is their first cafe. Manager Lizzie previously from Pravda in Wellington, makes everyone feel welcome and all in all this is a fantastic outpost for kiwis overseas, looking for a little slice…
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Nautilus Featured in Pinot Noir Masterclass at the London Wine Trade Fair

The masterclass panel 70 of the UK’s top trade and media tasted a selection of New Zealand’s most respected Pinot Noirs at the London Wine Trade Fair in May including Nautilus Pinot Noir 2010. The tasting was organised by the Family of Twelve – a group of twelve quality-focused family-owned wineries across New Zealand. Tim Atkin MW lead the discussions around regional terroir with aplomb, mentioning…
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Wine dinners & wineclub tastings in the central North Island

Last week I had a flying visit up north for a series of trade calls and a couple of consumer eveing events.  It was the perfect setting to showcase our wines – having a captured audience for a couple of hours and being able to showcase our wines along side food.  The 1st was a winemakers dinner at Fahrenheit restaurant in Te Awamutu where Nautilus…
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The Great GoogaMooga

Title: The Great GoogaMoogaLocation: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NYCLink out: Click hereDescription: The Great GoogaMooga: n. an amusement park of food & drink; adj. something wonderfully great; excl. “oh my goodness!” or “how bout that!” Nautilus Pinot Noir 2009 will be available to sample at the hottest event in NYC, the Great Googamooga! Taking place on May 19th and 20th at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Come along…
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