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‘Looking forward’ by Nigel Greening of Felton Road

I’ve just spent last week immersed in Pinot Noir 2017 in Wellington, where the focus has been on Turangawaewae, the Maori concept of a place to stand. Maybe this is better expressed as a place where we feel especially empowered and connected. This was presented very powerfully as an expression of our equivalent to the […]

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Press Release: The Family of Twelve Scholarship awarded to MW student Christine Marsiglio

New Zealand’s Family of Twelve are pleased to announce that the ‘The Family of Twelve Scholarship’ has been awarded to Stage 2 MW student Christine Marsiglio. Christine, a Tastings Executive at Decanter Magazine, will travel to New Zealand for a 12-day exclusive tour of the Family of Twelve properties throughout the major wine-growing regions, including […]

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Time for real world fine wine? Essay by Christine Marsiglio

‘IS IT TIME FOR REAL WORLD FINE WINE, NOT JUST OLD WORLD AND NEW WORLD WINE?’ By Christine Marsiglio 22/11/16 Winner of The Family of Twelve Scholarship 2016, awarded to a Stage 2 MW student The Greeks, Romans, Cistercian Monks, and other Old World Indo-European cultures have been cultivating the vine throughout Europe and parts […]

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Q&A with James Millton, Millton Vineyards, Gisborne

“You may think you’re standing on dirt, but it’s really the rooftop of another Kingdom!” What is the most memorable wine you’ve tasted? I very seldom taste wine as drinking is my preferred option and in terms of a memorable wine this is even more difficult as every wine has a memory and many are […]

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The Strength of the Gravels.

Craggy Range chief winemaker Matt Stafford travelled to Hong Kong in May to talk about why the famed Gimblett Gravels in Hawke’s Bay is worth its weight in stone. Craggy Range Chief Winemaker Matt Stafford had only just commenced harvesting the first parcel of the 2016 Gimblett Gravels Syrah when he received an invitation from […]

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’24 Families – Unrivalled History’ Auckland Tasting, 13 October 2016

Date: Thursday 13th October 2016 Time: 6pm – 8pm Location: Glengarry Wines, Victoria Park, 118 Wellesley St West, Auckland Cost: $35.00 pp 24 Families – Unrivalled History 24 Family owned wineries from across Australasia. Meet the families, taste their wines. Be a part of history in the making as the Next Generation of Australia’s First […]

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Wine Comfort Zone – get out of it!

When I meet someone who ‘only drinks Sav’ or ‘only drinks bubbles’ I feel quite sad – there is an enormously interesting world of wine out there that even wine nuts like me will never get to experience much of! Not all ‘Savs’ are the same. If the pungent, passionfruit and pongy green pepper Sauvignon […]

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Judy Finn accepts chairship of The Family of Twelve

In an extended family group every member brings a different and distinct set of experiences and skills to the family table. To this end The Family of Twelve rotate the role of chair to ensure it benefits from the full range of talent and experience available to it. On August the 11th, the chairship passes […]

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