Saturday November 17, 2012

Canadian Wine Writer Visit

Warwick and Jenny enjoyed hosting Bill Zacharkiw who was in New Zealand as a wine Judge for the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. He took time out of his busy schedule to explore vineyards in Central Otago.

Bill began his wine journey at the age of 23, when he opened his own restaurant in downtown Montreal, Quebec. At 33, he became head sommelier at one of Quebec’s top restaurants, the Relais & Chateau L’eau a la Bouche, where he honed his skills as one of the province’s authorities on pairing food and wine. For the last five years he has been the weekly wine writer for the Montreal Gazette. His articles are carried across Canada via National Post.com and other newspapers, making him one of Canada’s most widely read wine writers.

Jock Highland Coo

I was lucky enough to escort him around the vineyard.  In between catching sticks we showed Bill the very impressive ‘Jock ‘our miniature Highland Bull (major compost contributor), the ducks, – the pigs.  Bill has a lifestyle block of his own so there was much discussion on the pleasures of living off the land.

The new range of wines were showcased together with older vintages.  One of Bill’s favourites was the 2011 Pisa Range Estate ‘Run 245’ Pinot Noir – “it reminds me of the Burgundies I drink in Quebec”.

This will be coming your way very soon.

Zivio – Pinot


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