A Place In The Sun – Cuba
Jan11

A Place In The Sun – Cuba

Cuba Cuba could rightly be regarded as one of the world’s great survivors. The tiny island country on the periphery of the United States has forged an enduring national identity because of — and perhaps in spite of — its tumultuous history. Mention Cuba and a melting pot of impressions starts simmering — international uproar, Fidel Castro and Communism, the Bay of Pigs, JFK, salsa, the missile crisis, jazz, classic American cars,...

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Mud House Pinot Noir 2008
Jan11

Mud House Pinot Noir 2008

Maraschino cherries, plums and crushed herbs, swirled through with fine tannins and subtle oak results in a velvety mouth feel and long delicate finish for this new release, medium bodied pinot. Hand plunged to extract the vibrant colour, flavour and delicate tannin structure, this single vineyard wine was sourced from Mud House’s vineyard in the Bendigo region of Central Otago. Available: From selected supermarkets nationwide RRP:...

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A Place In The Sun – Santorini
Jan11

A Place In The Sun – Santorini

Santorini Fantastic, fabulous, unforgettable Santorini deserves all the superlatives it gets. Every traveller succumbs to the beauty of this surreal, postcard landscape. Santorini is a relic of what was probably the biggest volcanic eruption in recorded history. If you want to experience the full dramatic impact of Santorini it’s worth arriving by a slower ferry with open decks, rather than by enclosed catamaran or hydrofoil....

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French Pacific Paradise
Jan11

French Pacific Paradise

An array of fresh crusty bread stands before me, the smell of baking scents the muggy air. There are very few places in this world I’d rather be then in a French bakery. As I stand in line, desperately trying to make a choice, I watch the bakers weave in and out of the shop with trays of delights – pastries, brioche, croissants. When it’s my turn, I bring out my rusty French to order and am handed a pain au raisin; the smell...

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Sacred Hill 2008 Halo Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay
Jan11

Sacred Hill 2008 Halo Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Sacred Hill has released its 2008 Halo Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay to an exciting response. It delivers captivating aromas of peach and rock melon with subtle nuances of nutty oak. The palate is mineral and tight with generous stone fruit flavours confined with a fine chalky texture. This is an elegant and long drop with ripe peach flavours which linger on to a clean and dry finish. Only a limited number of each varietal of the Halo range...

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Wonderful Waipara
Jan11

Wonderful Waipara

As the well-known wine critic Bob Campbell puts it, “Canterbury’s stunning Waipara region is one of the unsung heroes of the wine industry.” By Kayte John It has become the fastest growing wine region in New Zealand with around 80 vineyards in the Waipara Valley, covering more than 1,200 hectares of plantings. There is no surprise that it has quickly become one of the great wine capitals of the world. Waipara has become synonymous...

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