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For the Love of Wine - Oct 17 2021 - Erica Crawford( 0:30:21)       
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Kirsten is joined by Erica Crawford from Loveblock Wine in Marlborough's Awatere Vallery, a company she founded with her husband - legendary winemaker Kim Crawford. Before establishing LOVEBLOCK, Erica and Kim started "Kim Crawford Wines" in 1996. They had plenty of vision but no money, so they built a "virtual winery" out of the back room of their Auckland home. It was an innovative approach at the time, with Kim buying grapes from contract growers and making wine in leased facilities, allowing them to avoid huge outlays for land, vines and equipment. The company became a huge success especially in the US. Kim and Erica left "Kim Crawford" in 2007, and several years later the organically farmed LOVEBLOCK was a reality. Erica is originally from South Africa and also talks about her background and how she met Kim - her husband and business partner.
Published: 10/13/2021 11:11:22 AM
For the Love of Wine - Oct 03 2021 - Steve Smith( 0:30:55)       
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The New Zealand world of wine is full of colourful people who are all passionate about their craft. Topics discussed include: Kirsten is joined by Steve Smith - Master of Wine and iconic Kiwi viticulturist. He was instrumental in helping the founders of Craggy Range Winery set up this world-famous New Zealand winery, and now he co-owns Smith & Sheth which is behind the label CRU, a Hawke's Bay based top end label. The company also owns the famous Pyramid Valley winery in Waipara. Thus, there is lots to talk about with mr. Smith. So tune in.
Published: 10/4/2021 5:50:24 PM
For the Love of Wine - Sep 19 2021 - Jean Christophe( 0:31:37)       
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Kirsten is joined by Jean Christophe Poizat from Auckland-based Maison Vauron - a French wine shop established in 1999. Jean Christophe, or JC, tells his personal story of how he came to New Zealand, why he has stayed and what he thinks of NZ wine compared to French wine. JC is passionate about wine and says it "is not just a passion but a way of life...". A fun interview with lots of insights into the world of both French and NZ wine.
Published: 9/21/2021 10:53:01 AM
For the Love of Wine - Sep 05 2021 - Jenny Dobson( 0:31:44)       
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Kirsten is joined by Jenny Dobson - a legend in the New Zealand wine industry. Back in the late 1970s she had a degree in chemistry and "a thing for aromas"… and she was intrigued by wine. She decided to learn from the best and went to France where she not only learnt French, became a very skilled and knowledgable winemaker - she also met Englishman Charles and had three children with him. In the 1990s, after 15 years in France, it was time to return to the Southern Hemisphere and eventually Jenny and her family settled in Hawke's Bay. She has worked for a number of great wineries and since 2015 she has focused on her own boutique label making great reds and FIANO! An Italian grape that has been around for way over 1000 years and is the perfect food wine. We talk about her success, her status, her views on climate change, the New Zealand wine industry and much more.
Published: 9/7/2021 1:44:17 PM
For the Love of Wine - Aug 22 2021 - Anniversary Episode( 0:30:52)       
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Celebrating a year on air with look back at the first episode with guests Judy and Rosie Finn.
Published: 8/23/2021 2:12:44 PM
For the Love of Wine - Aug 08 2021 - Julz Brogden( 0:30:53)       
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Kirsten is joined by Julianne Brogden from Collaboration Wines in Hawkes Bay - a one-woman business where she crafts "fine wine in small batches from exceptional Hawke’s Bay vineyards". She started in the industry at 17 and has many vintages under her belt mainly here in New Zealand and in the USA. She spent 8 years over there and loved her life and work so much she worked herself to the point of complete exhaustion. Her body said "no more" and it took Julz a long time to recover. She still loves being a winemaker but is far more sensible now trying to find the perfect work-life balance. Especially now being the mother of a 2 year old bundle of energy.
Published: 8/10/2021 10:54:15 AM
For the Love of Wine - Jul 25 2021 - Eva Pemper( 0:30:27)       
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The New Zealand world of wine is full of colourful people who are all passionate about their craft. Kirsten is joined by Eva Pemper of EP Wines Ltd in Marlborough - her one-woman boutique business focusing on premium wine. Eva originates from Croatia - a country that has been making wine for many centuries. She is humbled to follow in the footsteps of some of Aotearoa's first winemakers who were also from Croatia. They settled here in the mid to late 1800s. Of course, today's world of wine is a different one to back then and Eva talks about why she loves living and working in Aotearoa.
Published: 7/27/2021 11:06:49 AM
For the Love of Wine - Jul 11 2021 - Edward Donaldson( 0:31:5)       
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The New Zealand world of wine is full of colourful people who are all passionate about their craft. Kirsten is joined by Edward Donaldson, marketing manager of Pegasus Bay Winery in Waipara. This iconic New Zealand winery started out as a hobby for Edward's parents and today the whole family is involved in the successful business rated as one of the country's top wineries. Edward talks about the early days, the challenges of working with your siblings and partners and of course the delicious wine made by his brother, winemaker Matt Donaldson. We also talk about Pegasus Bay's second label, Main Divide, which has become a huge success in its own right!
Published: 7/11/2021 6:00:00 PM
For the Love of Wine - Jun 27 2021 - Edel Everling( 0:30:21)       
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Kirsten is joined by Edel Everling of Johanneshof Cellars in Marlborough - a boutique winery focusing on aromatics and sparkling wine. Edel is a trained winemaker from Germany, in fact she grew up in the famous wine region of Rheingau and has been involved in the "wine industry" since early childhood. She first came to New Zealand in the 1980s and later moved here to set up Johanneshof Cellars named after her father. It’s been a BIG adventure for her, moving here and setting up her own business with Kiwi Warwick Foley, and although it has at times been hard work and up hill – she has no regrets. Edel is one of New Zealand's most experienced woman winemakers and her journey is fascinating.
Published: 6/29/2021 10:41:23 AM
For the Love of Wine - Jun 13 2021 - Brian Bicknell( 0:33:13)       
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Kirsten is joined by Brian Bicknell from MAHI Wines in Marlborough. Brian is well-known in both NZ and overseas and has had a fun and great career to date. He helped Michael Seresin set up Marlborough's first organic winery, Seresin, in 1996 and stayed on till 2006 when he left to fully concentrate on MAHI. He believes in minimal intervention when it comes to winemaking, and he loves hosting dinners and tastings. MAHI remains a family affair with Brian's son Max having joined the business.
Published: 6/14/2021 10:55:00 AM
For the Love of Wine - May 30 2021 - Ant McKenzie( 0:29:6)       
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Kirsten is joined by Hawke's Bay winemaker Ant MacKenzie - a man on a mission and with some very interesting takes on winemaking. He has a few labels of his own and does consulting work for a small number of wineries. He loves what he does and says ""doing something you love is not considered work so the lines are blurred""... Outside of work he enjoys spending time with family and friends and bikes have become an obsession. Like many winemakers, he has spent time doing vintages overseas – and especially Spain has had quite an influence on some of his winemaking styles. Prior to going out on his own in 2013, Ant had a varied career as a winemaker and general manager for wineries such as Framingham, Spy Valley, Dry River and Te Awa.
Published: 5/30/2021 11:05:00 AM
For the Love of Wine - May 16 2021 - Jane Hunter( 0:28:32)       
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Kirsten is joined by Jane Hunter from Hunter's Wines in Marlborough. Jane is a legend within the NZ wine industry and was one of the pioneers founding the industry back in the 1980s. She is a viticulturist and owner of Hunter's Wines which her late husband Ernie established in 1979. Jane talks about her life in wine, all the accolades she and her wines have received, and looks to the future in collaboration with her two nephews whom now work for her company.
Published: 5/17/2021 4:50:04 PM
For the Love of Wine - May 02 2021 - Rudi Bauer from Quartz Reef( 0:30:26)       
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Kirsten is joined by Rudi Bauer, winemaker and co-owner of Quartz Reef in Central Otago. Originally from Austria, he talks about European vs New Zealand wine culture and why he chose to live and work here. Quartz Reef is a biodynamic winery with a focus on particularly sparkling wine and Pinot Noir, and Rudi explains the differences between NZ sparkling wine and Champagne. He is a pioneer and was one of the first to make wine in Central Otago. Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s he had no idea that Central Otago would become such a significant wine region in New Zealand, paving the way for great cool-climate Pinot Noir.
Published: 5/5/2021 11:01:58 AM

Journalist Kirsten Roedsgaard is passionate about New Zealand wine and invites people in the wine Industry to talk about their careers, back ground, wines and more.


Host: Fresh FM
Produced By: Kirsten Roedsgaard
Language: English
Category: Arts and Culture
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