Our Wine Journal

Our musings about the notable and newsworthy.

Every day we meet great people and extraordinary product.

From time to time we reflect these experiences in our Wine Journal to share with you. In doing so, we hope to develop a library of useful information that can benefit anyone who wishes to explore the mystical world of wine with us.

Amidst the challenges of navigating different restrictions borne from the pandemic, the fine wine market continues to boom worldwide. As the leading, specialist Rare and Fine Wine auction house in New Zealand, we are always looking internationally to understand how we can change-up our wine auctions. Our...

Credit:  Rebecca Gibb MW Syrah plantings might still be small in New Zealand, but the wine’s mix of New World fruit and Rhône-like savouriness is already turning the heads of sommeliers the world over. Syrah is probably not the first variety that comes to mind when you...

Last Tuesday’s August Rare and Fine Live auction, with the help of our lively wine community, achieved another great sale with a 90% sell-through rate.   It was a chance for lovers of rare bottles to get their hands on some of the highly coveted old vintages and Grower...

by Verve Wine What Is Grower Champagne?  Grower Champagne is a type of sparkling wine (Champagne) that is grown, vinified, and aged by a specific grape grower and his/her family. This means that the winemaker cultivates the vineyards, harvests the fruit, and produces the wines with his/her...

Our July Online Auction finished last Sunday and went beyond its presale estimates, thanks for all our bidders who made it another success.   With the exception of the 2010 Chateau Guiraud Sauternes Imperial (6 litre) taking the top hammer at $1468.75, Bordeaux blends led the show...

Conversation over the past year has largely been centred around the question “what will be the new normal?”. The answers to this will be many and varied depending on your point of reference, but for us, it’s simply navigating our life with Covid-19. Whilst this...

Thanks to all the bidders who made our May Online Auction another success. With chilly weather quickly approaching, “big reds” led the show, the star Country of Origin is undoubtedly Australia this month. The top hammer win of the auction was 1998 Penfolds Grange Bin...

As a company owned by an Australian and a New Zealander, we take our trans-tasman celebrations very seriously. A time honoured tradition in our house on ANZAC day is to bake a few treats to thank those who have gone before us.  Most households are...

Recent figures suggest fine wine market prices have been stable over the past year, despite wider economic uncertainty, as many merchants and auction houses around the globe report strong demand from collectors. And that is no different here at The Wine Auction Room.   Last week at our April Live...

 

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