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Joining the Criminal Class

Joining the Criminal Class

Stuart Nash – happy to send us all to jail. Judith Collins – shameless self promoter. Commissioner Bush – very poor judgment. Many of us use a shotgun to keep the birds off the grapes or take a rifle along on a cathartic hike in […]

The Advantages of Having $3 Billion

The Advantages of Having $3 Billion

Balloons over Sileni Booster has made five winery acquisitions in the past two years. Paul Taggart caught up with the group’s boss to learn more about the business’ big picture strategy. No-one is in a better position to judge the financial viability of a large […]

In Search of Mugabe Gold

In Search of Mugabe Gold

Idi Amin – more medals than a McGuigans merlot. Robert Mugabe – knew how to make money. When I read a tasting in a non-wine publication there are several things I look for. One is the number of gold medals being sprinkled around. I saw […]

Last Word

Last Word

Horses for courses  Louis Pierard  La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froid. Usually. Though I found revenge at its sweetest served rare but hot, and with béarnaise sauce.  When I was a boy my elder sister developed that curiously female attachment to horses, a phenomenon largely incomprehensible to many of us, but perhaps, as someone once suggested, a sort of biological preparation for dominating something large and slow-witted later on in life. Her bedroom walls were festooned […]

Getting Crafty in Melbourne

Getting Crafty in Melbourne

Melbourne is known for its food and wine, but they’re getting a run for their money thanks to the local craft beer industry, as  Ann-Marie Nansett discovers.  Down an industrial side street in Footscray is Hop Nation, one of Melbourne’s best craft breweries. The old and compact warehouse serves as […]

Herzog Rest Review

Herzog Rest Review

Hans Herzog  81 Jeffries Rd,   Rapaura  Marlborough  Herzog’s row of colonial cottage-style buildings housing its restaurant, cellar door and bistro, surrounded by charming gardens with vineyards beyond, can be found down the end of a quiet road near the Wairau river.  Established by Therese Herzog […]

House – Autumn

House – Autumn

Grant Taylor has turned an old, ramshackle woolshed on his Gibbston vineyard into a comfortable pad, Charmian Smith discovers.  At first glimpse the old woolshed in Valli’s Gibbston vineyard looks much as it must have done early last century with its rough weather boards and […]

Marlborough bike ride

Marlborough bike ride

A bike ride around vineyards and tasting at cellar doors can leave you feeling both virtuously exercised and indulged. Charmian Smith rides the Golden Mile in Marlborough.   You have to be careful on the roads in the late afternoon, a Marlborough winemaker told me […]