Feeling like a King in Queenstown

Queenstown sits on the shore of the enormous serpentine Lake Wakatipu.  It is a town out of a storybook, with steep streets which ascend up the mountainside, and it looks out over the southern part of the lake to a vista of the snow capped mountain range, The Remarkables. The lake features prominently in allContinue reading “Feeling like a King in Queenstown”

Casting for Pinots

I didn’t have work last weekend, so I had this great idea.  Why not combine two of my favorite things, flyfishing and wine tasting, in one road trip?  It sounded like a plan that couldn’t fail.  Hit a couple of wineries, many of which lie perilously close to fishable bodies of water, fish for awhile,Continue reading “Casting for Pinots”

If you can’t be with the wine you love, love the wine you’re with.

I feel like such a Nz wine slut.  Last week I had my team over for dinner.  We first opened the 2009 Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels cab blend.  Wow, I thought.  Sure, it’s a higher awarded wine (no secret), but still it lived up the hype.  A big wine, loads of fruit, but also complexContinue reading “If you can’t be with the wine you love, love the wine you’re with.”

On the fringe

Dunedin is on the fringe.  Such a vibrant city and so far south.  Keep heading south and your next stop is Antarctica.  The Central Otago wine region is on the fringe, said to be the southernmost wine region in the world.  And today’s offering from Central Otago is the 2009 Clyde Village Pinot Noir.  It’sContinue reading “On the fringe”

What a difference a day makes

Remember beautiful yesterday? Today, it rained all day and when I drove home it was 13C.  There is a fire in the wood stove tonight as I’m heating up some tomato and basil risotto.  It was just a tease yesterday after all.  As they say, welcome to Dunedin. Sometimes, if I’m housebound (I’m on callContinue reading “What a difference a day makes”

Spring Forward

I didn’t know this about New Zealand (well, that’s a long list).  They have daylight savings time, and it ended early this morning.  Which meant we all (those of us who remembered) put our clocks one hour forward when we woke up this morning.  Seems like I just did this in March…… I was offContinue reading “Spring Forward”