Home' Hospitality Business : HB JULY 2017 Contents When you live in a country like New Zealand,
you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to the
classics. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
there are hundreds of different choices to pick
from. But next time you’re at the supermarket,
why not branch a little to the left and try some
alternative wine varieties? Grüner Veltliner,
Albarino and Pinotage may not be your typical Kiwi
drops but New Zealand wineries are growing and
producing a number of different varieties to whet
your whistle. Wine expert Celia Hay reveals her
picks for something a little different on pgs 8-9.
Also in this issue, beer writer John Oszajca
takes a look at historical beer styles brought back
from the brink of extinction, we chat to saké expert
Fumi Nakatani from MASU by Nic Watt and Nielsen
shares some insights on what Kiwis can learn from
the U.S. liquor industry.
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2017 yields smaller
NZ wine vintage
The 2017 grape harvest has come in smaller than expected,
according to New Zealand Winegrowers.
The 2017 Vintage Survey shows the harvest totalled 396,000
tonnes, down 9% on last year, says Philip Gregan, CEO of New
“Given strong demand in overseas markets wineries had been
looking forward to a larger harvest this year. With the smaller
vintage however, export volume growth is likely to be more muted in
the year ahead,” he says.
Gregan says the smaller vintage was due to weather conditions.
“Generally summer weather was very positive but there were some
challenges as the season progressed.”
In terms of vintage quality, Gregan says wineries are confident
the vintage will deliver the fruit flavours that New Zealand wine is
renowned for. “As always the ultimate test will be how the market
reacts to the wines when they are released,” he says.
World’s best wine lists revealed
World of Fine Wine has revealed its fourth annual
selection of 'The World's Best Wine Lists', with
Palais Coburg in Austria receiving the honour of the
‘Champions’ League Best Overall Wine List’.
The other top winner on the 2017 list was New
York’s Rouge Tomate, claiming ‘Wine List of the Year’
and the ‘Best Long Wine List in the World’.
The ‘World’s Best Wine Lists’ are judged by some
of the world’s leading critics, including Alder Yarrow,
Francis Percival and Ch’ng Poh Tiong, who assessed
more than 4,500 of the best wine lists before
determining the very best from around the world.
The lists are based on a range of criteria that
include breadth, depth, interest, quality, value, clarity
This year, 372 establishments were awarded the
top three-star award, including nine restaurants
from New Zealand.
New York maintained its position as the world’s
wine list capital, with 42 restaurants in the city
claiming three-star awards, followed by London,
Melbourne, San Francisco, Sydney and New Zealand,
where restaurants including Logan Brown and
Ortega in Wellington and Meat Fish Wine in Auckland
received the top honour.
The awards are renowned as the ‘Michelin Stars’
of the wine list industry.
World of Fine Wine Editor Neil Beckett says this
year was the strongest level of entries yet, in terms
of both quality and quantity.
For a full list of 2017 winners, visit
One of NZ’s three-star award
winners, Logan Brown
Fine Wines of New
Zealand 2017 revealed
Air New Zealand has released its list of Fine Wines of New Zealand
for 2017 – a compilation of the country’s most prestigious wines.
This year, Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs and Hawke’s Bay
Syrahs dominated their categories, with a total of 60 wines (and 17
new additions) making the list.
The Fine Wines selection is compiled annually by six of New
Zealand’s top independent wine experts, including Masters of Wine
Alastair Maling, Michael Brajkovich, Sam Harrop, Simon Nash and
Steve Smith, along with Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas.
“The basis of the Fine Wines of New Zealand classification is to
recognise enduring excellence,” says Master of Wine Simon Nash.
“This is the achievement of an outstanding record of excellence by
top wineries and wines over an extended period.”
Wines that made this year’s list include Clearview Estate Winery
Reserve Chardonnay, Tohu Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016,
Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir 2014 and Trinity Hill Homage Syrah
2015. For a full list of winners, visit www.finewines.nz
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