Fine Wine Online

+64 9 377 2300 50 Cook Street
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The Fine Wine Delivery Company had its modest beginning from our home on Auckland’s North Shore over 10-years ago. Armed with a clear vision and consumed with a passion to succeed I had no idea we would one day become New Zealand’s leading fine wine retailer. It was born over a luncheon in Ponsonby and formalised over a coffee on a boat moored at Westhaven in concert with close friend and founding shareholder Bryan Chitham who remains a shareholder today. Incorporated on 23 June 1997 our first official trading day was 1 August. I vividly remember hosting a tasting for around sixty willing friends of friends securing $5,000 worth of orders that night and feeling like we had just won lotto. The next day I was a one man band having to invoice the wine, manually process credit card payments, order in the wine, despatch it and do the banking, that’s how good business’s start. The next twelve months were exciting and crammed with innovation. We purchased tables, seats and a covered trailer and would Read more »

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  • Secret Santa 2015 is now in process with 10 forum members participating.  The bottles were all shipped and have been delivered.  We started opening our gifts / tasting the wine on Black Friday, 27 November 2015.  Current guesses as to the senders:JONDERRY - received giftOUTTHERE - received bottle from NAPAGIRLREALLY BIG AL - He knows the real ma... Read More

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  • So happy to be amongst fellow oenophiles! I am a freelance copywriter, writing in the food, wine, and spirits industry.I am here to share my personal enthusiasm for wines, not for professional reasons.I live in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, where no one grows wine grapes to produce actual wine. I am just slightly better informed than a complete novi... Read More

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  • At least I thought it was.This article was linked over on WB.  I thought I would post the link, here:Don't Fear WineLarry Schaffer is the owner/winemaker at Tercero Wines up in the Los Olivos/Santa Ynez area.  He posts regularly over on Wineberserkers, and I usually enjoy his comments.  In this article, I which, I guess, he was the interviewee, ... Read More

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  • I'm a long-time lurker (and appreciator) of this forum, but this is my first post.  Thanks, in advance, for your help, and for all of the other good advice I've found here in the past.LAST WEEKI got a fantastic deal on a 1995 bottle from what I believed (and still believe, I hope) to be a reputable online seller.  Here are the photos that accomp... Read More

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  • Very interesting article on a new controversial pricing structure for To Kalon fruit. When is enough enough? When Andy says so, that's when.At what price To Kalon? Read More

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  • One California wine writer is saying the state's best cabernet sauvignon can be found high in the mountains above Santa Cruz, not down in the Valley. Wine columnist Laurie Daniel recently lauded Ridge Vineyards in an article in the San Luis Obispo-based newspaper The Tribune, saying the estate's Monte Bello may very well be the California's fine... Read More

    From the article California's Best Cabernet? SLO's Tribune Says Head for the Hills

  • I once, a few years back, almost pulled the trigger on a real estate purchase in the hills back behind the Big Sur coastline. Was reminiscing on that today, and wondered why I never hear about wine from that area. Is it because I'm so far away and out of touch and there actually are barrels and barrels of wine being made there, or because the cu... Read More

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  • As a UK journalist, and Master of Wine, I discuss, criticise and recommend not the fine wine, the great vintages, the en primeurs, but the everyday, the bargain, the high volume.  I taste thousands of wines each year of low, mediocre and good quality, and, within perhaps 80 or 90 tasted at one supermarket or off licence tasting, will find perhap... Read More

    From the article A Salute to Wine in the United Kingdom

  • I posted this as a reply to another thread about travel shock, but that thread never got bumped up to the front page, for some reason. Guess I'll have to start a new topic, as my curiosity remains unsatiated.So I've done my reading on the subject (, et al) but I'm looking for any anecdotal evide... Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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