Wine Reviews




I feel it’s a privilege to receive so many samples from New Zealand’s wine producers and to share my thoughts on these wines via […]

JB’s Top Wines of 2019



Sherwood Estate Wines have been producing exceptional wines from their Waipara vineyards in North Canterbury since 1987. Since then they have grown from a […]

Stoney Range by Sherwood Estate


A number of years ago I attended a tasting at Vino Fino in Christchurch, where a number of producers from the very new Waitaki […]

River-T Estate Waitaki Wines


Another excellent tasting event at Decanta Tapas Bar in New Plymouth on Tuesday evening. Simon Fell, Winemaker for Thornbury Wines came along and introduced […]

Thornbury Wines at Decanta



Spy Valley Pinot Noir

Six Secret Sips from Spy Valley JB tastes and reviews a great selection of white and red wines from Spy Valley Wines in Marlborough! […]

Secrets Sips From Spy Valley


Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2015 Grapes from the Waihopai Valley in Marlborough were picked slowly pressed and slow fermented in stainless and a small portion […]

Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2015


“Dirtoir is the brainchild of Jules van Cruysen and Asher Boote, who created this new brand after seeing how much amazing, unique, site-driven wine effectively […]

The Reds of Dirtoir









Five wines I tasted late last year from Brian, Pat, Matt and the team at Mahi Wines – Mahi Chardonnay and Pinot Noir… These […]

Mahi Chardonnay and Pinot Noir