Wine People

  1. ​​Stu Devine of Devine Wine Talks New Zealand Terroir

    ​​Stu Devine of Devine Wine Talks New Zealand Terroir

    Stu Devine is the proprietor of Devine Wine, a New Zealand marketing company. With a surname that means "of the vine" it's fitting that his specialty is in the wine sector, working in collaboration with two highly regarded New Zealand wineries. Devine’s career began in a vegetable and fruit nursery, tending to plants and eventually selling horticultural products.

    “I really enjoyed the grape growers I worked with when I sold products for grapevines,” says Devine. “They were the salt of the earth and some of the most decent, easy-going people I had ever met, so I decided to follow in their footsteps and bought a vineyard of my own in Hawkes Bay.” 

    His experience as a grape grower then led to a job in viticulture at a large winery. But, as much as Devine loved tending the vines, his outgoing personality and, as he puts it, “big mouth” took him in another direction, namely wine sales. In 2006, Devine formed his company, a partnership with Rod McDonald of Te Awanga Estate in Hawke’s Bay and Paddy Borthwick of Borthwick Vineyard in Wairarapa where Devine oversees all U.S. sales activity.

    I just tasted their wine,” says Devine when asked his reason for choosing to work with McDonald and Borthwick, “and that’s how simple it really was. The wine showed their honesty, their good looks, and their charm. Just one glass and you will understand why I was captivated. I have created a company where I represent the wine that I have an absolute passion for.”

    Devine stopped by Grape Collective to chat about what's happening in New Zealand's wine world today.

    Lisa Denning: Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into wine?

    Stu Devine: My background goes quite a ways back. I've always been into horticulture. I was a nurseryman, I grew plants and then got a job selling products to apple growers and vineyards. I come from a small region in New Zealand called Hawke's Bay, and I bought a vineyard in '93 with both...

  2. By Design: A Decade in, Greenhook Ginsmiths' Steven DeAngelo Innovates By Looking Back

    By Design: A Decade in, Greenhook Ginsmiths' Steven DeAngelo Innovates By Looking Back

    The challenge for the gin lover is to find the true craftspeople of the gin world, to separate them from the herd. In that light, Greenhook and Steven DeAngelo almost belong in their own category, that of gin made not out of necessity but by design.

  3. Domaine de BRAU and the New Look of Languedoc Wine

    Domaine de BRAU and the New Look of Languedoc Wine

    It's easy to see why the sun-drenched region of Languedoc in southern France holds such an enduring appeal to so many people. The charming villages, rolling green hills, sandy seaside and snow-capped mountains will tug at your heartstrings, making you wish...

  4. Rising Restaurant Star Charles Puglia Chats About Dashed Hopes, Deft Career Sidesteps, and the Shadowy World of Grey Market Wine

    Rising Restaurant Star Charles Puglia Chats About Dashed Hopes, Deft Career Sidesteps, and the Shadowy World of Grey Market Wine

    "The grey market is incredibly important. Distributors used to have older wine but then all of a sudden things changed and they’re just selling current releases, and if they’re selling “library wine,” wine that’s been aged at the estate, you’re buying at an outrageous markup. Obviously the provenance is going to be perfect, but it’s a huge markup and if you’re a restaurant you’ve got to make money on your wine list. You want to price it where it’s attractive enough that somebody’s actually going to buy the wine." -Charles Puglia

  5. How Jean-Luc Colombo's Passion for Vin de Garde Transformed the Cornas Appellation

    How Jean-Luc Colombo's Passion for Vin de Garde Transformed the Cornas Appellation

    Cornas is a small wine appellation in France’s Northern Rhône Valley. Located at the southern end of the region, its steep granitic hillsides are planted with only about 110 hectares of vines, all of which is Syrah. Until recently, Cornas wines were considered rather harsh and rustic; not worthy of the world's attention and frequently passed over in favor of wines from its storied neighbors,...

  6. Leave the Gun, Take the Pinot Blanc: Why ‘The Godfather’ Inspires Ram’s Gate’s Joe Nielsen

    Leave the Gun, Take the Pinot Blanc: Why ‘The Godfather’ Inspires Ram’s Gate’s Joe Nielsen

    When we posted an item about Pinot Blanc last year, a reader responded: “I was searching for a California Pinot Blanc yesterday at BevMo. Not a one to be found but they did have 800 Chardonnays.”

  7. Anthony Lynch The Next Generation at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

    Anthony Lynch The Next Generation at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

    "Other certain trends like orange wines or natural wines, they're also fascinating, really amazing wines to be tasted. But, often these sort of trends can overpower the notion of tradition and of terroir and diversity in all the wines that are being made in the world." - Anthony Lynch
  8. David White's But First, Champagne

    David White's But First, Champagne

    But First, Champagne author David White picks his top Champagnes and discusses what surprised him most during the writing of the book.
  9. Adam Bilbey, Sotheby’s Head of Wine in Hong Kong

    Adam Bilbey, Sotheby’s Head of Wine in Hong Kong

    "I think the Asian markets probably have more experience with trademark infringement than any other area of the world, so we see more scepticism and scrutiny here." Adam Bilbey, Sotheby’s Head of Wine in Hong Kong
  10. Robert Parker: ‘I Like Wines That Say Something Back to Me’

    Robert Parker: ‘I Like Wines That Say Something Back to Me’

    Dorothy Gaiter talks to Robert Parker about scores, his legacy and balance.
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