Melanie Brown

21 posts

Jancis Robinson does Brixton

New Zealand has become synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir over the last decade. Whilst managing to retain our premium reputation, most are unaware of the resounding success that New Zealand conveys with the exploration of 'other' varietals. Testament to a wine industry built and developed with new world »

DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2018

The ballots are in and surprise surprise, New Zealand has made another exceptional entry into the world of award-winning wines. For those of you that don't know, Decanter World Wine Awards is the largest and most influential wine awards competition known to mankind. This year, after judging thousands of different »

SUPPORT LOCAL WINE SHOPS

Dearest Friends & Followers; We work hard doing what we do. We don’t ask for much, because it’s not really about us, it's about the producers in our portfolio. We act as a conduit to bring New Zealand wine to life, to offer new experiences and to evoke »

Sauvignon Blanc Day 2018

It has now been a week since we hosted (and may we say SMASHED OUT) an astounding celebration of International Sauvignon Blanc Day 2018! We are still reeling from the amazing support shown by our London community towards the grape that put New Zealand on the Wine Map. We held »

Wine List Confidential

I owe plenty to The Providores Restaurant and both Peter Gordon and Michael McGrath for taking me on all those years ago (2007 to be exact!) as a Chef in their Marylebone kitchen. Little did we know at the time I'd still be loitering around Marylebone High Street ensuring my »

I'M NOT VEGAN

But, I appreciate vegan wine. There are many reports surrounding the awareness of vegan wines, and ensuring products across many food and drink sectors are produced as vegan-friendly. In New Zealand we're pretty stoked with our commitment to sustainability, (the most sustainable wine-producing country in the world) to organics (we »

DID SOMEONE SAY VEGAN WINE AND FOOD PAIRING?

Gone are the days of the best vegan option on a menu being rice and a side salad! In 2018 the difficulty in being Vegan comes from being spoilt for choice and the wine industry has been taking notes. More and more vineyards are moving towards a style of winemaking »

MUSIC AND WINE INTERTWINE

You may be surprised to find that the music you are listening to is affecting the way you taste your wine! With the likes of Jo Burzynska leading the charge, we’re certainly intrigued more each day about the importance of music selection to enhance our wine tasting experience. In »

WE'LL TALK WINE, YOU TASTE IT

It’s pretty clear when it comes to tasting a wine, whether or not you want to drink more of it (depending on the stage of the night you’re at…). It can also be very easy to form a quick opinion of if the wine is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ »

NEW ZEALAND WINE PODCAST

Chatting to Lawrence from Interpreting wine, I divulge our Sauvingon Blanc secrets, why we love New Zealand Pinot Noir, why regions are so important and our epic line up of FREE wine events this summer. Listen here »