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Judging New Zealand

Being invited to judge at Air New Zealand's Wine Awards was not just an honour, but a great opportunity to learn more about this nation's fabulous wines with some of its experts.

It was crazy to fly all that way and not visit some of our growers, so I went out a week early to visit with some of our key producers in Marlborough and Central Otago to catch up on gossip and retaste the 2017 vintage.

Sarah Knowles MW

Sarah Knowles MW
Buyer

  • date October 2017
  • location New Zealand
  • people Sarah Knowles MW

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Douro top to toe

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The Glories of the Loire

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The Glories of the Loire

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South Africa 2016

Cape Expectations

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Champagne 2015

The Pull of Pol

Buyer Pierre Mansour and head of copy Paul Trelford visit Champagne house Pol Roger, ‘the world’s most drinkable address’ and find out more about the importance of ageing and the date of disgorgement.

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