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Is wine an “essential service”? – Covid-Day 1

Does alcohol consitute “the necessities of life”? How important in these troubling times is it to have access to alcohol? Yesterday the morning breakfast show, The AM Show, polled New Zealanders as to how important this is in life: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/shows/2020/03/poll-should-alcohol-be-considered-an-essential-product.htmlContinue reading

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NZIFF 2019 Film Review – The Empire’s New Clone – “A Seat at the Table”

I have received so many questions about this film that it may pay to get a few out of the way asap: Was this the best movie (slash) documentary you saw at this year’s Film Festival? NZIFF this year was … Continue reading

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NZIFF 2019 – Film Festival FOMO

One of my sadly dear departed friends once went to 47 films at the Auckland Film Festival. I do not know, but the following year he smashed the 50 or 60 movie barrier. I managed 24 myself, but ten of … Continue reading

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Review – Morningside Tavern

Kim Knight’s review in Canvas, 9 Feb 2019, contained several errors, so I thought it would be nice to set the record straight. We have been to the Tavern twice now, once for casual drinks and a snack and once … Continue reading

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Review – Castellani Chianti DOCG 2016

Castellani Chianti DOCG 2016 ($16.95)Bright fruit, wild berry and savoury tomato, with an undercurrent of licorice. Medium bodied, supple tannins with Sangiovese’s characteristic freshness on the finish, this is a concentrated, vinous wine at an excellent price. I tasted this … Continue reading

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A note on DIAM

I have been meaning to post this for a while now, but the issue is becoming more and more prominent that I need to say something now, before any more wines get hurt. Some years ago I was fortunate to … Continue reading

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Two Finos (and a postscript)

Have been offline for a couple of weeks, but been working on some tricky material, so humble apologies. Meantime, I am currently in the South of Spain and just enjoyed two cracking wines that I must share with you. After … Continue reading

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