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Q&A with Zoë Ladyman

Zoe Ladyman Akarua Wines

Today we’d love to introduce you to another inspiring and energetic woman in wine that’s worth watching: Zoë Ladyman, Domestic and International Sales Manager for Akarua Wines in Central Otago.

Find out more about her role and love affair with wine in the following Q&A:

What does a typical working day look like for you?

So varied! Lots of talking, tasting and spreading the good word of Akarua – whether I’m hosting visitors to the winery, out in our local region visiting our restaurant and retail customers; away in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch working with our local distributor, or off overseas visiting our importers and buyers.

Or I could be at my desk managing my budgets, forecasts and inbox…

When and why did you fall in love with wine?

When I first moved to Melbourne when I was 22 (I was born in Perth), got a waitressing job at a wonderful restaurant with a rich wine culture, started to learn about food and wine matching and took some courses with the Australian Sommelier’s Association – I fell straight down the rabbit hole and I’ve been falling ever since.

Zoe Ladyman Akarua Wines

If you were a wine, what wine would you be?

Really depends on the mood I’m in, the people I’m with, and what I’m eating. Today I’m Cru Beaujolais – let’s call it 2017 Domaine de la Grand’Cour Fleurie.

What’s your go-to wine at the moment?

Textural savoury whites and bright, crunchy reds. We’ve just released a single vineyard pinot noir from our 25 steps vineyard in Pisa – I’ve been enjoying that a lot lately!

Share a fact about yourself that only a few know

I half completed a physiotherapy degree – I dropped out before they could fail me. I did pass the massage component!

Things you still want to do – what’s on your bucket list?

Gosh so many things, join a choir, travel to all the tennis grand slams in a year, get dropped off by a helicopter at the top of a mountain and snowboard down, eat at Per Se in NYC, watch my children get married, hike the Routeburn…

Dead or alive, who would you like to share a glass of vino with?

Celeste Barber

Find out more about Zoë’s work at Akarua here and make sure you follow them on Instagram | Facebook & Twitter.

Meet Dave Sutton, Winemaker at Te Kano Estate

Dave Sutton Te Kano Estate

Dave Sutton is one of the driving forces behind the Lloyd family’s vision to create a sustainable estate that reflects Central Otago’s beauty and unpretentious quality of the land and lifestyle. As Te Kano’s Winemaker and General Manager, Dave not only crafts a range of premium Central Otago wines but has also been tasked to help leave a positive legacy for future generations of the Lloyd family.

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5 Wine Trends to look out for in 2019

Caro and Emily Sip NZ

FMCG Business Magazine asked us and other related industry experts to share the top wine trends for 2019.

Our predictions are now being featured in a special edition of the publication, the “FMCG Business Leaders Forum“.

Here are our 2019 wine trends and predictions…

Conscious Consumers

Natural Wines

Consumers are increasingly interested in where their products are coming from and how they’re made. Wine is no different and with growing consumer interest organic, biodynamic and vegan friendly wines are “naturally” popular choices.

Bubbles Blossom

Sip NZ Bubbles Day

Sparkling wines, especially Prosecco and Rosecco, will continue to grow in popularity here in New Zealand, turning the drink that has been historically reserved for celebrations into an everyday sip. Launches of small format bottles such as Moët Mini fuel that trend and offer a suitable new format to enjoy bubbles at different occasions.

Rosé is here to stay

Rose wine glasses

Once labelled a by-product, Rosé has come a long way with a huge selection of styles available in New Zealand to suit every taste and budget. Kiwis will continue to drink pink over the next year (especially on Rosé Day on 5 February!) and we’ll see more instgrammable wine-based cocktails and new packaging formats as Rosé unleashes its full potential as a lifestyle drink.

The rise of the wine-fluencer

Chel Loves Wine Chelsie Petras
Chel Loves Wine | Chelsie Petras

Peer to peer and Key-Opinion-Leader (KOL) reviews are becoming as important as wine critics’ thoughts on a product especially for younger consumers, especially in emerging wine markets. New Zealand’s wine influencer scene is in its infancy, but we predict it is going to mature over the next year(s).

New concepts pop-up

Events such as Pinot Palooza and the Urban Wine Walk are shaking up the wine event scene and are offering interesting new ways to taste wines and meet the maker. Exciting pop-up concepts will continue to emerge in 2019 and we are ready for it.

Bye bye trestle tables and laminated tasting notes. You won’t be missed!

5 Must-Sip Wines this Christmas

Christmas New Zealand Wines

We understand, trying new wines at special occasions can be somewhat daunting, especially if your guests love their vino.

We challenge you to mix it up a bit this Christmas with these 5 Must-Sip Wines that will not only please your guests’ palate but also encourage you to explore new varietals and styles this summer.

Spencer Hill Reserve Fumé Sauvignon Blanc

Spencer Hill Reserve Fumé Sauvignon Blanc

Time to explore, get adventurous and see new sights. This wine offers a new take on the emblematic Sauvignon Blanc.

So venture a bit to the region of Nelson for this lightly oaked, honey laced Sauvignon Blanc that is in full bloom. Tropical with vanilla and honey and that distinct Sauv Blanc nose, this will be sure to please all Savvy lovers on your list. 

Find out more about this Fumé here:  https://buff.ly/2BdhC4j

The Hunting Lodge Albariño

A heavy hitter with round luscious flavours, aromatic perfume and a cool all around character.

Well dressed in beautiful packaging, you will want to make friends with this wine this holiday season. 

Find out more about this wine here: https://buff.ly/2RIEUpu

Petal Rosé 

The holidays are all about giving, so not only can you give a bottle of this from wine away you can also support a small local winery from the Patutahi Plateau in Gisborne who is fairly new to the game. 

Soft and delicate, from the colour to the label on the bottle, this 100% Merlot Rosé entices you to branch out, and try a little bit pinkly different. 

Find out more about this wine here: https://buff.ly/2Ea0Ohp

Te Kano Blanc de Noir

You like Pinot, it’s summer… you have a new wine to try! This wine has a lot of structure like a Pinot but is refreshing and simple to drink.

Pair it with some delectable blue cheese and crackers and your deck will soon be calling you to put up your feet.

Find out more about this festive Sip here: https://buff.ly/2Edmp8C 

Leveret IQ Rosé

Leveret IQ Rosé

Bubbles make everyone happy and this one is sure to be a crowd pleaser. A beautiful blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier it is full of strawberries and cream dusted with rose petals.

Round in the mouth and perfect for that holiday toast that you know you have to do… get out the cheeses, appetisers and Christmas cheer and it will feel a lot like Christmas! 

Found out more about these festive bubbles here: https://buff.ly/2ASwFQr

Meet Alice Rule, maker at 3Sixty2

Alice 3Sixty2

I’ve got a love-hate relationship with Instagram and recently read the perfect quote, well on Instagram of course: “Sometimes, when I’m feeling really overwhelmed, I like to sit back, take a deep breath, make a list of everything I need to do and then spend 3-4 hours looking at photos of complete strangers on Instagram!” It still makes me laugh really… Read More