Learn about wine

(and have fun at the same time)

Since 1986 I have been running my wine certificate course on a five-week basis in Auckland and for one day around New Zealand and at a selection of overseas venues. Nearly 20,000 people have now attended my courses. In addition to a lot of "need to know" information about wine (such as wine & food matching, wine cellaring, wine types, wine faults, serving temperatures etc) the course encourages students to increase their understanding of wine by adopting a process that I call "wine profiling". This tasting-based course will expose students to around 50 different wines. To find out more simply click on "wine courses" on the right of this page.

Gift Certificate

We can supply a gift certificate that allow the recipient to book on a one-day or five-week wine course choosing a date that suits. Simply enter the recipient's name when you make a course booking.

My Wine Reviews Now available online!

I have recently started putting my wine reviews online. Check out the new site at:


There are currently over 6000 reviews available, dating back to 2004. I am regularly updating this site - so come back regularly for my latest wine reviews!


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    31 Aug 2012

    The Auckland region is home to quite a number of serious red winemakers who earnestly believe that their home region is capable of making world-class reds. Think of Destiny Bay, Stonyridge, Providence, Puriri Hills, Messenger, Passage Rock, Te Whau and Obsidean to name a few. That list probably includes names that even the most enthusiastic […]

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