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 15,000 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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Latest Blog Post

  • Alexandra Wines Taste Fest

    31 Aug 2014

      Six years ago a keen group of winemakers from the Alexandra Basin banded together to hold their first New Release Event which is gaining popularity each year. This year local producers will be showcasing over 50 New Release Wines made in the Alexandra Basin. There will also be complementary cheese and crackers available at […]

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