Category Archives: Wine

Matt Kramer is always right

Matt Kramer’s recent piece (‘Get Over It’) covers two points. The first is that wine lovers shouldn’t complain about the high prices paid at auction. You don’t like the prices? Let me tell you what it is that you really … Continue reading

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Will Bordeaux ever change?

Irrespective of your views on Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden, you presumably have to admit that their actions are symptomatic of wider politcal issues that should concern us (Is killing innocent people in the name of Freedom aways okay? Is … Continue reading

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Why we need more luxury wines

Strange how I often hear about wineries, and people who work in the wine industry, saying they want to find opportunities to increase their turnover. Shorthand: they want to make more money. With financial gloom still casting its grey shadow … Continue reading

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Has the wine world left us behind?

Normally we choose wines that we feel represent us, we buy in to the marketing of a Natural wine, or a wine made at a place we like to go on holiday; in short, a wine we might have a … Continue reading

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Is all investment good?

I read this morning (admittedly I’m late to the news here) that Chinese investors have gobbled up over 300ha of vineyards in the Awatere Valley (the old Otuwhero Estate Wines). Although I’m sure there will be a little soul-searching over … Continue reading

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Is the New Zealand wine world essentially racist?

In closing the essay ‘Le Vin et le Lait’ (from the classic book Mythologies), Roland Barthes agrees that while wine is ‘a beautiful and good substance…its production makes a large contribution to French capitalism, whether it is the maker of … Continue reading

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