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Month: September 2018

September 30 Soil & Minerals

Tip-Toeing Around Eco-Ethics

Let's talk sensitive farming – and no, it's not a bunch of cows that have had it up to here. It's a twist on the modern take on agriculture. Up to date technological practices in farming mean that the soil and eco-system take a back seat.

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.

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.

September 22 Winemaker

When Tuscany Meets North Cantebury

Sometimes it’s a struggle to know where to start when painting a picture of an award-winning vineyard. Maybe we could begin with the outstanding restaurant – if you’re picky about what you eat with your wine, you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss lunch.

September 15 Winemaker

How to Inspire the Winemaking Process

There are two things to get clear when talking about the Brown Brothers.

The first is that there are many Browns, not just the brothers. The second is that there is a tradition here – but they don't want to be known as traditional.

September 15 Distillers

The Spirit of a Sustainable Island

Once you get your head around it, it’s a simple concept, right? Any well-meaning individual who had even a shred of morality would tip over the fence when thinking about the sustainability of the earth. Little do you know, sustainability is complicated. However, there are people out there toiling away at the complicated formulas and nightmarish logistics so that by the time you get the product, it’s deceivingly simple.

September 09 Tea Producers

The No Tea Bag Policy at Yumchaa

How do you think they did it hundreds of years ago? They certainly weren't tentatively dipping their tea bags into boiling water, their only concern that the tea remains separate from the liquid. I can most certainly confirm that instead, they were guzzling tea leaves left and right – trust us, it doesn't take long to get used to the idea, either.

September 08 Coffee Producers

What’s a Fair Trade for Excellent Coffee?

Meet a company that didn't just utilize fair trade because they thought it was ‘trendy.' No no no. In fact, they couldn’t have possibly done it for this reason because they were the ones that introduced fair trade to the coffee industry. So they did it to get closer to the source and get you guilt-tripping the next time you throw caution to the wind and decide to support someone who doesn't do fair trade coffee.

September 02 Distillers

The Distillery in the Snow

Breckenridge is somewhere you've either been, or you haven't. If you have, you'll know what I'm getting at with these ski allegories. If you haven't, and you enjoy the occasional day on the slopes ending with a stiff drink, then you'll want to go – yesterday.