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Judges gear up for Bragato Wine Awards 2016

A 13 strong judging team , including international judges Andrea Frost (above) and Nick Ryan (below), is gearing up to judge over 600 entries for this year’s Bragato Wine Awards in Auckland, on 16 and 17 August. Andrea Frost is an award winning wine writer, columnist and author based in Melbourne, Australia. In 2013, Andrea was named Wine Communicator of the Year and her first book, ‘Through a Sparkling Glass, an A-Z of the Wonderland of Wine’, was awarded Best Wine ... more

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Graham Nortonís Own Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - Norton ups production for 2016 vintage

New Zealand’s favourite chat show host Graham Norton is back with a bang – and a bottle – with a cheeky new vintage for 2016. And the good news is that production has increased by 50 per cent since 2015 to meet demand for the sell-out wine. The famed talk show host’s 2015 blend sold out in 1,910 stores in Ireland, the UK, Australia and New Zealand last year. The UK’s Independent newspaper named the vintage number three in the top 15 Sauvignon Blancs in ... more

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Bayer Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year 2016 announced

Congratulations to Mike Winter from Amisfield who became the Bayer Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year 2016 on Friday 22 July. This is the third year Winter has taken out the title and he is very determined to take out the National title this year, especially as it is the last time he can compete. He will be too old next year as cut off age for the competition is 30 years old or younger on 31 December, so Winter will be putting a lot of time and effort into study and ... more

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Engaging staff cuts health and safety incidents, improves productivity

Engaging staff in health and safety had a big impact on manual handling incidents and productivity at Chep NZ, Country Manager Mike O’Brien says in the latest NZ Food & Grocery Council Leaders Series video. “We’ve been on a journey over the past few years and we really identified that we had some challenges with health and safety and particularly incidents in our work environment and so we’ve really worked hard to try and reduce that over time. ... more

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Wendyl Nissen resorts to Dirty Politics

Wendyl 1;       truth, democracy and journalistic integrity 0. Healthy food campaigner Wendyl Nissen claims to be the victim of a smear campaign funded by the food industry. A self-professed lay-person, Nissen has written her weekly column, "Wendyl Wants to Know", every Saturday for the past few years. She evaluates packaged food products for healthiness and suitability for children by reading the ingredient listings. Nissen is a  newspaper columnist, ... more

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