1. Que Sy-rah Sy-rah
    Posted On: March 8th, 2010

    Que Sy-rah Sy-rah

    There is a common misconception that all Syrah grown in the New World is known as Shiraz but in reality this is far from true. New Zealand wine-makers universally refer to this noble grape as 'Syrah', a policy for which one individual can claim the credit. Alan Limmer of Stonecroft vineyard in Hawke's Bay was […]
  2. Syrah Symposium
    Posted On: February 11th, 2010

    Syrah Symposium

    I've just spent an enjoyable sojourn in Hastings, Hawke's Bay attending the New Zealand Syrah Symposium where I had been invited to talk about Northern Rhône wines and present a tasting of some personal favourites. This well-organised gathering of wine geeks was preceded by a Cabernet Merlot Conference all of which added up to a […]
  3. Long Haul
    Posted On: February 4th, 2010

    Long Haul

    An invitation to speak at the New Zealand Syrah Symposium in Hawke's Bay at the tail end of January was too tempting to resist. It was with a keen sense of anticipation that I packed summer clothes and headed off for the 'Land of the Long White Cloud'. I also packed 25 bottles of iconic […]

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