Adventure and wine collide in New Zealand
Sitting in the restaurant in the Sky Tower in downtown Auckland is quite an experience. You can sip a nice selection of both North and South island wines, while eating local cuisine including Kumara chips, made from indigenous sweet potatoes favoured by the Maoris. Out the window is a view of the ocean, but you can also see ample evidence of the surrounding volcanoes, not currently erupting, but always looming.
A dinner at Blink with Marlborough winemaker Beth Forrest
In July I caught up with Beth Forrest, the second generation winemaker at Forrest, a premium producer and one of the oldest wineries in Marlborough, New Zealand, at Blink in Calgary. Beth is a charming and direct woman who didn’t seem to have too much B.S. about her. She had come into town a few days beforehand to enjoy the Calgary Stampede, and was mixing a little work into her visit to Calgary.
A small wine producer diversifies
Tom Firth learns a little bit about New Zealand terroir and zinfandel.
After another late evening, my Friday at the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival started with “Get the Dirt on New Zealand Terroir.” Yes, this is the sort of thing I like to do with my time.