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November 18 New Zealand

The #Nofilter Wine

Here is where water and wine part ways in the similarities department. Yes, we all know about water safety and how privileged we are to drink water that hasn’t been brought up from a well.

In the wine world, however, including a filtering step in the process is blasphemous for some. As you know, each winemaker offers a different method from grape to the table, and some of these methods are more sustainable than others.

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November 17 New Zealand

The Vineyard that Gandalf Built

When you’ve got a lake, picture perfect scenery, and the world’s southern-most grown grapes, you’ve got a recipe for success.

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November 04 New Zealand

Te Mata’s Unique Craggy Range

It’s hard to imagine anything being unique or original anymore.

Even the most innovative, forward-thinking people who come up with crazy stuff got their inspiration from somewhere. Finding something that's unique in this world is like joining the ranks of the flat-earthers – you've only got an uphill battle coming your way.

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November 03 New Zealand

Crunching the Numbers for a Passion Project

How many of you actually turn your passion project into a profitable business?

Most of us toil away at the job we are told is best suited to us. From the womb to the tomb we plug away, giving approximately 33% away to the man at the end of every fiscal year.

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September 29 New Zealand

Crossing The French New Zealand Bordeaux

Are you ready for a wine trip – mentally and geographically? If you’re a fan of French blends but don’t want to go all the way to France for them, try this corner of the world. Church Road Winery is famous in New Zealand for being the first winery to craft Bordeaux wine.

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September 23 New Zealand

Come On In, The Water’s Muddy

If your pipe dream is to someday own and run an utterly organic production, I commend you. If it's just to buy only organic, this is also something to be admired. However, the nuts and bolts of it are that, unfortunately, it's just not as easy as you think.

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August 12 New Zealand

Ostler Vineyard – North Otago

Growing excellent wines off the beaten track in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful, unspoiled coastlines.