Grape Varietal: 100% Riesling
Growing Region: Waipara Valley, NZ
Winemaker: Cleighten Cornelius

Yes - I am proud to say I am a Riesling Lover - as this varietals give so much refreshment and complimentary flavours to such a varied array of fresh summer cuisine. The Riesling fruit for this wine was sourced from a single vineyard, the wineries ‘Mound’ vineyard in the Waipara Valley. The vineyard was planted in 2002 on terraced gravels and along with the Valley’s long and cool growing season, provide ideal conditions for crafting quality Riesling. 

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Sangiovese
Growing Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Winemaker: Bryn Richards

At the beginning of this year I had the pleasure to spend a week in South Australia visiting a number of winemakers - while basing myself at the stunningly beautiful Chapel Hill Winery-Retreat. So I got to spend some quality time with Bryn, Michael Fragos (chief winemaker) and the team. They craft wines with character which display purity in regards to varietal and vineyard site, wines which everyone can enjoy.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Grigio
Growing Region: Valle dell’Adige, Italy
Chief Winemaker: Massimiliano Luison

I have had the pleasure to spend the day in the vineyards and winery with Massimiliano and the passionate team at Santa Margherita. Their attention to detail with all aspects of the winemaking industry is to be seen to be believed. From incredible foresight and investment in sustainable viticulture, underground irrigation, the use of biomass and solar energy production and use and even making their own 'light-weight' wine bottles

 

Grape Varietals: Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Blend
Growing Region: Epernay, France
Chef de Cave:: Dominique Petit

The relationship between Champagne Pol Roger and Sir Winston Churchill dates back to a luncheon given by the British Ambassador to France after the liberation of Paris in 1944. At which was served the stunning 1928 vintage Pol Roger. Also attending was Odette Pol-Roger, with whom they had an instant rapport. A friendship of families which continued until Churchill’s death in 1965; and which is still as strong to this day.