The Daily Rant 3 2012

Tasting wine down under from New Zealand!


Greetings from New Zealand! Tune in this week for more great tasting notes, insights and absurd comments from our very own GDP. Join him as he traverses the unique wine regions of this land down under and taste along with as he makes his way through Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, and many more!

Shiraz state of mind

Every Shiraz class on Shiraz should include the wines I am tasting today: 2009 Mcwilliams Shiraz ($10), 2009 Mitolo Jester Shiraz ($20), 2006 Cliff Edge Shiraz ($20)

Planes, Trains and...New Zealand Wine!

Despite a cloudy, gray sky the first leg of the New Zealand is off top a great start. Great food and already many fabulous wine tastings amount to a few days well spent. Traveling from Gisborne to Wellington and now here in Christ's Church, NZ, and after tastings of Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Syrah, we are now on to the Riesling Festival in Pyramid Valley. Onward ho!

Waipara Velley

Reporting back, lakeside from Queenstown, New Zealand. A little run down on the wines I've tasted over the past few days, including Pyramid Valley, and standouts from the regional tastings from Mountford, The Crater Rim, Muddy Water, Ataahua, Main Divide, Terrace Edge, and might I add the ridiculously good 2004 Felton Road and 2005 Neudorf Rieslings I was lucky enough to share over dinner at Pegasus Bay Winery. Paul Greico, of New York's Terroir and Hearth restaurants was here in New Zealand celebrating the summer of Riesling and I was fortunate to share a table at dinner with a lovely set of Kiwi wine lovers. These folks know how to live!
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