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Gold Medal Winning New Zealand Wines as at 5 November 2018
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Latest First Glass 'Wine Education Evenings' 2018
May 23 - Ten Reds
May 16 - Italian and Spanish Wine Festival
May 9 - High Price Low Price
May 2 - Ceres Wines with James Dicey
Apr 25 - Australia versus New Zealand on ANZAC Day
Apr 18 - Peter Lehmann Wines with Malcolm Stopp
Apr 11 - Pinot Passion
Apr 4 - Happy 19th Birthday First Glass
Mar 21 - A Journey with Stephen Bennett MW
Mar 14 - Easter Show Gongs
Mar 7 - New Arrivals and Old Favourites
Feb 28 - Constellation with Wendy Stuckey
Feb 21 - When Kingsley's away ...
Feb 14 - Summer Variety
Feb 7 - Old and New
Jan 31 - Summer Theme continues
Jan 24 - Summer Theme continues
Jan 17 - Summer Days and Nights
Jan 10 - New Vintages of Succesful Wines

Previous First Glass 'Wine Education Evenings' 2017
Dec 6 - Last Night of the Wines
Nov 29 - Mostly Gold
Nov 22 - USA v NZ Chardonnays / NZ v AUS Reds
Nov 15 - Air NZ Gold Medals
Nov 8 - Champagne, Riesling, Pinot and Shiraz
Nov 1 - (Almost) All Gold Medal Wines
Oct 18 - More Gold Medal Wines
Sep 13 - Double Trouble
Sep 6 - Value, Variety and Gold Medal Winners
Aug 23 - Giesen with Nikolai St George
Aug 16 - Yalumba with Jane Ferrari
Jul 12 - Premium versus Budget
Jul 5 - Peter Lehmann with Malcolm Stopp
Jun 28 - Anything but New Zealand
Jun 21 - Church Road Wines
Jun 14 - Options Night
Jun 7 - Ten Different Varieties
May 31 - Northern Hemisphere v Southern Hemisphere
May 24 - New to First Glass
May 17 - Mostly New New New
May 10 - An evening with Steven Bennett MW
May 3 - Simply Delicious
Apr 26 - Wine Options Night
Apr 19 - Dare to be Different
Apr 11 - State of Origin
Apr 5 - Chardonnay and Shiraz
Mar 22 - A Few Italians and New Wednesday Wines
Mar 15 - Foley Wine Portfolio with Alastair Maling MW
Mar 8 - Easter Show Gold Medals

From the Blog - 2017

Sep 5th: Waimea Nelson Gewurztraminer 2015
Aug 31st: Time and Place makes so much difference to taste
Aug 22nd: Sweet, smooth and celebratory Dulcet
Jun 30th: First taste of 2017 (from Matawhero)
Jun 25th: Iconic Tom releases from Church Road
Jun 15th: Wine tasting exercise with Te Mania and Richmond Plains
Jun 13th: Kick it in the guts, Trev
Jun 12th: Refreshing Riesling Before Dinner
Jun 2nd: Hunters Unoaked Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
May 31st: Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
May 31st: Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Travelogs Apr 22 - May 17: Greece, USA, Canada

Apr 22nd: Graham Norton's Own Rosι with Butter Chicken Curry
Apr 22nd: Why does good wine go bad?
Apr 1st: Tohu Pinot and Lamb
Mar 31st: Pinot Gris Wine Class
Mar 23rd: Matawhero Church House Chenin Blanc 2016
Mar 1st: Stupendous Syrah
Feb 27th: Burgundian Waipara
Feb 17th: Johanneshof at Millwater
Feb 17th: Mission Jewelstone Chardonnay 1994
Feb 6th: Quenching Tohu Pinot Rosι 2016
Feb 3rd: Te Mania Rosι and Chilli Prawns
Feb 2nd: Creative solution for grapevine prunings
Jan 31st: Richmond Plains 'blanc' and nectarines

From the old Blog (2012)
Dec 31st: Riesling to the occasion - Part 3: Rippon, Dry River, Pegasus Bay, Rockburn
Dec 21st: Riesling to the occasion - Part 2: Auburn
Dec 20th: Riesling to the occasion - Part 1: West Brook

Radio Live Wine Me Up Wednesday (2012)
Sep 5th: Looking back on what we tasted

Wine of the Week
Sep 9th: Osawa Prestige Collection Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir 2010
Apr 23rd: Forrest Marlborough Chenin Blanc 2010
Mar 19th: Three Martinborough Stars - Dry River Pinot Gris 2005, Dry River Pinot Noir 1999, Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 1999...
Mar 9th: Misha's Limelight Riesling 2011 - it was the liquorice in this wine that endeared me so much and evoked those childhood memories...
Feb 28th: Eureka Gewurztraminer 2011 and Straw Wine 2011 - Eureka! It grabbed my attention. As it was meant to. A word now synonymous with a fabulous new discovery or epiphany...

Wine Show Stuff
A list of all gold medal winners in recent shows - last addition Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014
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Commentary: How many wine shows do we need in New Zealand?
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