Familiar routes

Mary ParkerCoaching the AttitudeCoaching the Attitude  “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes” Marcel Proust  Driving a known route creates familiarity and... Read More

This is a wine of true distinction

Claire RogersAll about wine www.sunlive.co.nz If you are looking for a wine of distinction then the 2009 Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Merlot will certainly fit the bill. I just love the intense, dark red, ruby colour of this wine. This lovely red... Read More

This one is just too good to share

Claire RogersAll about winewww.sunlive.co.nz If you are looking for a winning wine to showcase at your next dinner party, then pick up a bottle of Mills Reef Elspeth Trust Vineyard Syrah 2011. This lovely wine just picked up a gold trophy at the... Read More

A surprisingly good Sauvignon Blanc

Claire RogersAll about wine www.sunlive.co.nz The Te Whare Ra 2011 Sauvignon Blanc is produced from grapes predominately from the Awatere Valley. The grapes for this wine are all handpicked. Anna Flowerday says they make wines that they like to... Read More

Beer makers sure are getting crafty

Claire RogersAll about beer www.sunlive.co.nz If you like a good beer, then break out and try a craft beer. We produce some stunning craft beers in New Zealand which will be available for tasting at the Liquorland Spring Fest 2012 on Friday November... Read More

The thorn you’ll want inside

Claire RogersAll about wine www.sunlive.co.nz The 2010 Marisco Vineyards Pinot Gris reflects the classical style that Marisco Vineyards strives for. Pinot gris requires a lot of time and passion and can quite often be a thorn in the side of the... Read More

Worthy gold medal winner

Claire RogersAll about wine www.sunlive.co.nz The Marisco Vineyard's 2009 Noble Sauvignon Blanc has just won a gold medal at the Decanter Wine Awards London 2012. I have to say I am not surprised to hear that it has won this award, this is... Read More

Warm summer created a king among pinots

Claire RogersAll about wine www.sunlive.co.nz The Kings Wrath is a lovely pinot Noir from the Kings series produced by Marisco vineyards in Marlborough. The fruit for this wine was grown in rich fertile clay loam soils, the low cropping vines were... Read More

From the finest of vineyards

Claire RogersAll about wine www.sunlive.co.nz This week's wine is a lovely 2011 Huntaway Reserve Pinot Gris. The wine represents a blend of Pinot Gris from some of the finest vineyards in Gisborne. The blending of a small proportion of Gewurztraminer... Read More

An excellent example of a Gisborne Chardonnay

Claire RogersAll about wine www.sunlive.co.nz The wine has been barrel-fermented with fruit sourced from a number of premium blocks, Patutahi, Ormond and Whitmore Estate vineyards in Gisborne. Each of these blocks adds to the character of the final... Read More



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