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Meet Mr. Chardonnay – Nick Picone, Group Chief Winemaker at Villa Maria

Nick Picone Villa Maria

If you pick-up an award-winning Villa Maria Chardonnay, chances are Nick Picone had something to do with it. The talented winemaker not only has an impressive Chardonnay trophy collection, he’s also pretty good at making Merlots and Bordeaux blends – in fact the entire New Zealand wine portfolio, hence he’s the Chief Group Winemaker at New Zealand’s most awarded winery, Villa Maria Estate. Read More

Meet Douglas Renall, author of 100 Great New Zealand Wineries

Douglas Renall

Douglas Renall, author of 100 Great New Zealand Winerieshas walked the vineyards, searched the cellars and talked with winemakers and vineyard managers in New Zealand to gather fascinating insights about their viticulture methods, oenology practices and the people who work long days in the vineyards and equally long nights in the cellars.  Read More

Meet Jonathan Reeve, Partner Program Manager at Wine-Searcher & be in to WIN

Jonathan Reeve Wine Searcher

We’re back! I can’t believe it’s already mid-February. We’ve been busy sipping Rosé over at sipnzrose.com with over 60 leading NZ Rosé producers and pink wine lovers and are also working on some exciting new projects – that’s why it has been a bit quiet over here.

But we’re back with a bang today! We’re not only introducing you to a very competent and talented vinous gentlemen, we’re also running a pretty amazing giveaway.
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