Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Monday, 26 December 2016

New Zealand memories (part 1)

Man of War Vineyards,  Waiheke Island 
Rippon Vineyard, Central Otago
In November 2007 the Circle of Wine Writers made two week trip to the vineyards and wineries of New Zealand. Apart from getting ourselves there the trip was very generously sponsored by the New Zealand Winegrowers.
It proved to be an amazing trip starting in Auckland towards the top of North Island and finishing in Otago before a final evening at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards in Christchurch. Unfortunately in terms of reciprocal coverage this trip came a year or two too early before the widespread adoption of blogs, Facebook and Twitter meaning that our visit to New Zealand didn't get the exposure it really deserved. For instance, I didn't launch my Jim's Loire blog for another nine months – end of August 2008.
Time, then, for some pictorial memories. First up – North Island:
Timo Jokinen (CWW) with Milan Brajkovich (Kumea River)
missionHistoric Mission Estate, Hawkes Bay  
established in 1851 
john-buckJohn Buck, Te Mata, Hawkes Bay  
Tim Turvey, Clearview, Hawkes Bay 
vineyardhawkes-bayA Hawkes Bay vineyard
john-hancockJohn Hancock, Trinity Hill, Hawkes Bay
Martinborough – Larry McKenna's Escarpment Vineyard 
jamilltonbsJames and Annie Millton, Millton Vineyard, Gisborne
New Zealand's Chenin Blanc champion – long-time biodynamic producer

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