Which New Zealand white wines do you enjoy the most – Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay or Riesling? When it’s time for a red, do you prefer a Pinot Noir, or maybe a Merlot/Cabernet or Syrah? Each month we shine the tasting spotlight on one of the country’s most popular wine varieties, styles or regions.

The tastings are organised to reflect the styles of wine that soar in popularity at certain times of the year. Sparkling wines, for instance, are in high demand during the festive season; rosé is a summer essential; full-bodied reds are a winter comfort. We also feature regular regional tastings, so you can explore all the major styles of a single region – typically including wines made from several different grape varieties – in depth.

The latest theme tastings, now on the website, include:

New Zealand Chardonnay – August 2017
Hawke’s Bay wines – September 2017
New Zealand Pinot Noir – November 2017
Marlborough wines – December 2017
Sparkling and Rosé wines – January 2018
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – February 2018
Pinot Gris – April 2018
Organic wines – May 2018
Aromatic whites – June 2018
Central Otago – July 2018
Chardonnay – August 2018
Hawke’s Bay – September 2018
Under $20 – October 2018
Pinot Noir – November 2018

Coming up, you can look forward to these theme tastings:
Marlborough – December 2018
Sparkling & Rose – January 2019
Sauvignon Blanc – February 2019