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Sip: Babich Irongate Chardonnay ’14

Babich Wines is launching their 100 year anniversary tour this year and they kicked it off last week with a succulent wine and food pairing at Euro.

Their story is incredible and you can never get bored of the tenacity, hard work and passion that the pioneers of the New Zealand wine industry had to make to turn it what it is today. Click here to find out how the Babich story started. Read More

Meet the Maker: Dermot McCollum of Stonecroft in the Hawke’s Bay

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?
Paddy Mayne.

Thanks a lot for your time Dermot!

Find out more about Stonecroft here.


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5 Must-Have Winter Warmers

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:

1 | Tracie Ellis Kami Pillow Case from SE 3

2 | Spiegelau Authentis Bordeaux Glasses from The Studio of Tableware

3 | Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon ’13

4 | George Edi Candle from Paper Plane Store

5 | A Kitchen in France: A year of cooking in my farm house from The Family Co.

Stay warm,

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