Villa Maria Masterful Moments

This summer, at the International Pinot Noir Celebration (INPC) in Oregon, I had the pleasure of meeting Alastair Maling. He was presenting Villa Maria wines and happened to be one of five winemakers on my mystery bus tour, culminating in a blind tasting of their...

Clairvoyant Cloudy Bay

My first ever New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc came from the winery that, today, is nearly synonymous with the varietal, Cloudy Bay. It was one of the first five wineries established in Marlborough region. The winery is justly credited with establishing Marlborough's reputation for world class...

Wonders of Waiheke

Twelve miles off of the coast of the North Island lays one of the wonders of New Zealand, Waiheke Island. Named by Maori for "Cascading Waters," it is the second largest island in the gulf. As New Zealand's third most populated island, it is home...

Talley In The (Edna) Valley

For years, I have been running into Brian Talley, of Talley Vineyards, at a variety of Pinot Noir events. It was time for an in-depth, off the grid "run in" when the worlds of a venerable vintner and a wayward writer collide. On a crisp winter...