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Winefulness is a New Zealand wine blog that focuses on ones awareness of the present moment and acknowledges and accepts all the sensations that wine can bring. 

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A crash course in French brandy

Elissa Jordan

Cognac and Armagnac are both French brandies and when you really start to look at the details of the two that’s where the similarities start and finish. Which one is for you really depends if you prefer the clean, bright Cognac or the more rustic, musky Armagnac.

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10 weeks of tasting in Italy

Elissa Jordan

My advice to anyone thinking about studying with the WSET: make sure you have someone else paying for it! There’s the course itself, the practical days and examinations - but most painful of all is the cost associated with getting your head around a global product. As luck would have it, just as my diploma studies began I stumbled across a small, local tasting group who were gracious enough to invite me to join. 

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What’s next for premiumisation

Elissa Jordan

Now that producers and marketing departments have clocked the trend where premium is a wine with a compelling backstory, everyone has an interesting snippet to set them apart. What was once unique now becomes an expected sameness that loses its impact.  We need to changes the way we talk about wine.

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2013 Hawkes Bay Worth Cellaring – Part Two

Elissa Jordan

That the 2013 vintage was exceptional, is not news. It has been described as the ‘vintage of a generation’ on that may only be experienced every 25 years. These tastings were set up not only to assess the claims made against the 2013 vintage, but also as a leisurely precursor to the Hot Red Hawke’s Bay exposition in Wellington on 11 June. 

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The cellar doors of Martinborough

Elissa Jordan

The village of Martinborough has an overwhelming number of excellent producers and cellar doors − far more than its small size would suggest. The ever charming Martinborough is just over an hour's drive from Wellington. Here's a sample itinerary of some of the best Martinborough has to offer. 

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Wine competitions

Elissa Jordan

Wine shows are pretty mean feats of organisation and skill. Wines are judged in flights - a term used to describe a selection of wines of a similar style that are sampled together.

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