Kim Crawford became involved in wine and wine making quite by chance. It was 1983 and he was completing a BSc in microbiology and botany at Massey University. Post-graduate work was scarce. One of his lecturers suggested having a look at an industry that was very much in its infancy in New Zealand. "It was a revolutionary time for New Zealand winemaking. New varieties – Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay – were being planted and the potential was there to be able to drink something other than sherry," recalls Kim. "I liked the promise of the future and decided to complete a postgraduate diploma in winemaking at Roseworthy College in South Australia." This was followed by work experience with Australian, Californian and South African wine producers. Kim returned to New Zealand in 1988. He worked at Auckland’s Coopers Creek winery until 1998. Two years’ earlier he had set up his own label. He explains the decision to form his own label: "To me, every wine maker should have his own label and this was a means whereby I had control over my destiny." The Kim Crawford Wines label grew out of a meeting with David Gleave MW, a United Kingdom wine distributor. He told Kim that he wanted New Zealand wines in his firm’s portfolio and he ordered 2000 cases each of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Unoaked Marlborough Chardonnay. Says Kim: "Unfortunately, David left Enotria after taking only half of the wine. I then approached Auckland-based distributor Glengarry’s to sell the other half. They said they would and that is how Kim Crawford Wines began. My wife, Erica, and I started work in the spare room of the house we were living in at the time, which was in central Auckland. "In those days we were purely a virtual concern, that is, we did not operate from a vineyard or a winery. However, we had had good working relationships with contract grape growers and so utilised spare tanks based in other wineries for the production of Kim Crawford Wines." The Kim Crawford Wines operation has now progressed to owning its own vineyards and a winery, all of which are based in Marlborough, one of New Zealand’s premier wine producing regions. It has also expanded into tasting room and cellar door facilities at the Te Awanga Vineyard in Hawke’s Bay. Visit the Kim Crawford website.
New Zealand is now acknowledged as one of the few countries to have successfully come to grips with this fickle, but supremely aristocratic grape variety. A combination of dry and moderate climates gives near perfect cool climate growing conditions and assists with the intense varietal characters in Marlborough grapes. more
Mid straw color. An intense aroma of ripe pear, melon and apples with appealing floral notes. Delicious ripe quince and pears combined with a hint of peaches and cream from the malolactic influence. This wine exhibits all the Pinot Gris characteristics. more
Wine which is produced and bottled under strict supervision and meets all standards to be certified Kosher.
Wine which is produced using organic practices and is free of all synthetic chemicals, antibiotics, hormones and pesticides.
Biodynamic designation is regulated by Demeter, an international certification organization. Biodynamic agriculture is based on the view of a farm as a self-contained organism. Certified organic vineyards must meet Demeter"s additional criteria for a period of one year before earning the designation "biodynamic."
Sustainable practices incorporate organic standards and may exceed them and include ecologically and socially sound business practices such as fair pay for farm workers and energy conservation.
Wines sealed with a screw cap as opposed to a cork, which experts report protects and preserves wine more effectively than does a cork, while also eliminating the possibility of cork taint.
All wines naturally contain some sulfites, however wines that contain less than 10 parts per million sulfites are not required to include "Contains Sulfites" on their labels.
Wines that are still in the barrel and have yet to be bottled. Futures offer the opportunity to invest in a wine before it arrives in our store.
Like futures, pre-arrivals are wines that have not yet arrived on our shelves, however they may or may not be a new release. Pre-arrivals may already be bottled and en route to our store.
The Wine Advocate is a bimonthly wine publication featuring the consumer advice of wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. Initially titled The Baltimore-Washington Wine Advocate the first issue was published in 1978. Accepting no advertising, the newsletter publishes in excess of 7,500 reviews per year, utilizing Parker's rating system that employs a 50-100 point quality scale.
Wine Spectator is a lifestyle magazine that focuses on wine and wine culture. It publishes 15 issues per year with content that includes news, articles, profiles, and general entertainment pieces. Each issue also includes from 400 to more than 1,000 wine reviews, which consist of wine ratings and tasting notes.
International Wine Cellar
Since 1997, the 100% subscriber-supported IWC has also been available in French and Japanese editions.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine is a lifestyle magazine covering wine, food, spirits, travel and entertaining topics. It was founded in 1988 by Adam and Sybil Strum and reaches 686,000 readers. Its wine ratings, conducted by reviewers in major wine-producing areas of the world, are considered an influential gauge for consumers and professionals in the wine industry.
Wine & Spirits
Wine and Spirits is America's practical guide to the straightforward, enlightened enjoyment of fine wine and and premium spirits. We have for 18 years served customers and marketers alike with a lively mix of wine reviews, features, profiles, food and wine pairings, new product introductions, travel pieces, history, opinion and wine business news.
Burghound.com was the first of its kind to offer specialized, and more importantly, exhaustive coverage of a specific wine region. The first Issue was released in January of 2001 and there are now subscribers in more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states. Allen Meadows spends over four months a year in Burgundy and visits more than 300 domaines during that time.
James is one of the world’s leading authorities on Australian wine, matching intelligent, honest reviews with unparalleled knowledge of, and passion for, the wine industry.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
For thirty-five years, Connoisseurs’ Guide has been the authoritative voice of the California wine consumer. With readers in all fifty states and twenty foreign countries, the Guide is valued by wine lovers everywhere for its honesty and for it strong adherence to the principles of transparency, unbiased, hard-hitting opinions.
I rate wines using the 100-points scale. I have used this point system for close to 25 years. I still believe it is the simplest way to rate a wine, with its origins from grade school in the United States. A wine that I rate 90 points or more is outstanding (A), and worth buying. If I rate a wine 95 points or more (A+), it is a must buy.
View from the Cellar
View From the Cellar, an electronic wine newsletter published bi-monthly by John Gilman.
Homepage for wine writer, Neal Martin's, "Diary of a Wine Writer".
Malt Advocate magazine is America's leading whisky magazine. It's the number one source for whisky information, education and entertainment for whisky enthusiasts.
The Rhone Report
Dedicated to the wines and grapes of the Rhone Valley
Wine Review Online
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