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Last week I interviewed Dermot McCollum of Stonecroft Wines in the Hawke’s Bay. This man knows how to make great Syrah!
Co-owner, viticulturist & winemaker at Stonecroft Wines Hawke’s Bay.
Number of years in the wine industry:
First wine related job:
Cellar hand at Domaine Matrot, Mersault.
If you were a wine, what wine would you be?
Domaine Matrot Mersault-Charmes 1er Cru 1999.
What would you do if you weren’t a winemaker?
Retire in Penury.
Why did you decide to work in the wine industry/become a winemaker?
Initially a very keen interest in drinking it. Then developing more interest in the industry with a bit of wine education. City life with young children drove us to making the jump.
Wine & dine, what’s your favourite match?
Oysters & Chardonnay.
Share a fact about your winery that only a few know:
Stonecroft built the first winery in the Gimblett Gravels.
Hidden gems and favourite spots in your region:
Roosters Brewery. The beer is brewed on site, with flagons for take-away.
Things you still want to do:
Make some wine without additives.
Last book read:
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Advice on buying wine:
Spend as much as you can.
Dead or alive, who would you like to share a glass of vino with?
Thanks a lot for your time Dermot!
Find out more about Stonecroft here.
Tornado in Tauranga, flooding on the Kapiti Coast, torrential downpours throughout the country … it seems to be the perfect weekend to stay inside.
So snuggle up on the couch with a comfy pillow, light a lovely candle, pour yourself a glass (or two) of a bold Bordeaux blend and flick through a nice cook book.
Once you’re done with the book I suggest you visit Mimi’s blog Manger for a peek into French life in the countryside. I warn you, 5 minutes on the blog and you’re close to booking a ticket to Bordeaux … so be careful.
Here are our 5 must-have winter warmers for this weekend:
Despite the rather strange name, F.A.W.C. or Food and Wine Classic Hawke’s Bay, has become a great institution in New Zealand’s oldest wine region and is certainly a highlight of the wine festival calendar.
After sold out summer events, F.A.W.C winter is the “hot and slightly cheeky little sister, wrapped in fur sitting by a well-stoked fire”, according to the organisers.
If you’re in the Bay during June or feel like a field trip, here is what you need to know:
June 5th to 28th
For the entire month of June, an array of Hawke’s Bays finest restaurants, cafes and bars will be serving special Winter F.A.W.C! menu selections. Download the full programme here.
$5 offerings with none over $50 per person.
Buy them here.
Not so much of a winter person? Then save the date for Summer F.A.W.C.
November 6th to 15th 2015!