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Gladstone Vineyard

One of the things I was most looking forward to about visiting New Zealand was the wine. We arranged to stay overnight at a small vineyard in Martinborough where we could relax and really enjoy some of New Zealand’s finest. After driving down from Lake Taupo we pulled up alongside Gladstone Vineyard on a sunny afternoon, just in time for a tasting! Continue reading “Gladstone Vineyard”


Some young punks – Passion has red lips


I think the reason I don’t post about wine, despite drinking quite a lot of it, is that I don’t know if what I’m buying is worth telling you about and I don’t know how to describe the stuff properly. As much as I enjoy it I can’t get excited about it like I can about good beer or whisky. Part of the reason for that is that I find wine pretty predictable. The labels are almost all the same or follow similar themes and as long as you follow a few rules (don’t buy discounted wine, pay more than £6, avoid blossom hill, look for d.o.c or similar designation) you generally will get something drinkable.

It all gets a bit samey.

Then I saw this bottle on a shelf.

Passion Has Red Lips. With a label straight out of a movie poster from the 50s or a pulp comic. Aussie wine makers Some Young Punks are responsible for this. It grabbed my attention immediately and reading the label made me actually feel excited about wine in the same way I get excited about a new beer. Like the label the wine is bold and… er… busty. Big flavour of dark berries (the word brambles is jumping about it my head) without much of a bitter, tannic finish (does that make sense? do I sound like I know what I’m talking about?). This is a really great wine with a bit of attitude. A wine a guy can get excited about.


Cairn O Mohr – Autumn Oak

While we were in Pitlochry we visited a little whisky shop on the high street. If you happen to visit this shop DO NOT ask the guy with a beard if he’s got any good bargains! At least not if you want to leave quickly. Christ that guy can haver on.

Anyway I resisted the excellent selection of whisky they had but did get drawn to a display of wine bottles. I’d heard of Cairn O Mohr’s range of fruit wine and seen the van driving around occasionally but never had the opportunity to try any. Well as it’s made locally this place obviously decided it deserved some attention, they had a large display with the full range of fruit wine from Cairn O Mohr. We had a good browse and chose 3 bottles to try. Continue reading “Cairn O Mohr – Autumn Oak”