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Gobsmacked By Riesling


After attending the “Masterclass in Rockstar Rieslings” facilitated by the erudite John Belsham: winemaker, businessman, consultant and critic, hosted at Foxes Island City Cellar, I was (truly) wowed.

The wine enthusiasts (including myself) listened carefully to the technical and creative storytelling of each handcrafted Riesling: 2013 Foxes Island Icon Riesling, 2009 Foxes Island Riesling, 2012 Pewsey Vale, 2008 Foxes Island Riesling and lastly the 2012 Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten.


The wine was beautifully complimented with extraordinary “Whangaripo Buffalo Cheese” stocked at Bread and Butter Bakery, who make artisan bread that is out-of-this-world.

Did you know Riesling can age up to 20 years?

Also, my perception of Riesling has now turned on its head. I used to think all Riesling was sweet, acidic and ghastly. To my relief, this viewpoint had been (refreshingly) overturned.

I am now in love with 2008 Foxes Island Riesling: low acidity 7.8G/L, residual sugar only 5.8G/L and PH 3.11. Did you understand that?
I do, marginally. Still learning!

This Masterclass left me intrigued and hungry to know more about the process of viticulture and winemaking, in all it’s glory.

Intoxicating, literally.

Seduced by Foxes Island


After attending an Elite Yelp event last night at ‘The Cellar Door’ in Ponsonby, I was (truly) enlightened by the charismatic John Belsham (Founder & Winemaker) from Foxes Island Wine. He spoke passionately about his Marlborough vineyard, “crafting wines that are quintessentially New Zealand, regionally and varietally expressive and exquisitely made.”

Well he was not wrong.

I sampled the Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay and my all time favourite, Pinot Noir. These exceptionally crafted wines are not available in the Supermarket, only selected restaurants and specialised food stores, like Nosh.

Antipodes Water was also on hand, to cleanse the palate and educate the yelpers about the incredible story of ‘Antipodes’.

“Antipodes was the first premium water in the world to be carbon neutral, to the dining table anywhere in the world – a pure water untouched from the source 327 metres below the surface!”

Aren’t you proud that both these products are sustainable and made in New Zealand?

Lastly, Bread & Butter Bakery spoiled us with rustic, gourmet breads, soft cheeses and green olives, to boot.

Yelping loudly.