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About Belinda Jackson's Blog

I'm a professional wino! I am GM for Blind River, a small vineyard planted with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in Marlborough's beautiful Awatere Valley. You can see more at www.blindriver.co.nz. I am a director of Wine Competition Ltd which owns and runs two independent wine competitions in New Zealand: the Spiegelau International Wine Competition (www.spiegelauiwc.co.nz) and the Marlborough Wine Show (www.marlboroughwineshow.co.nz) When not 'wining' I am championing local causes such as Renwick Smart & Connected and the Mistletoe Bay Foundation. I have been on the board of New Zealand Riding for the Disabled for over six years. I have three books published and I have a regular wine slot on Radio New Zealand. I started in the wine industry in Bordeaux in the mid-eighties before heading back to the UK to work with a wine wholesaler. Ten years later I was responsible for sourcing and buying 750,000 cases of wine from around the world for one of the country's big brewers. I have been in NZ since 1995 and absolutely love it (the only other place I'd want to live is France...)

2012 Spiegelau International Wine Competition Gold Medals

SPARKLING WINE Lanvin Brut NV Champagne Daniel Le Brun Blanc de Blancs 2002 Lindauer Special Reserve Brut Morton Estate Blanc de Blanc 2002 Nautilus Cuvee Marlborough Brut Quartz Reef Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle Vintage 2007 Lindauer Classic Rosé   GEWURZTRAMINER … Continue reading

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Bragato Wine Awards 2012 – Trophy Winners as announced 23 August 2012

Champion Wine Of Show And Bragato Trophy Winner Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2011 Reserve Champion Wine Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010 Sustainability Trophy Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2011 Champion Sauvignon Blanc Yealands Estate Marlborough Sauvignon … Continue reading

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NZ wine writer, Michael Cooper believes wine competitions ‘make a lot of money’

This article (see link below) quotes Michael Cooper, a New Zealand wine writer,  saying, ‘”If my wine-writing career failed I would either set up a wine competition or start up a religion because they are both good ways of making … Continue reading

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2012 dates announced for the Spiegelau International Wine Competition and the Marlborough Wine Show

Wine Competition Ltd, owners and organisers of the Spiegelau International Wine Competition and The Marlborough Wine Show have announced dates for 2012. Director Belinda Jackson comments, “2012 is almost upon us and we know wine producers need to plan ahead. … Continue reading

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Photos from the Marlborough Wine Show celebratory awards dinner held 17 September2011

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Trophies galore for Marlborough’s wines 19 September 2011

The first Marlborough Wine Show celebrated the region’s wines and announced trophy winners at a special dinner held at Marlborough Vintners Hotel on Saturday night. From the recent judging of 424 entries, 47 wines were judged to be ‘excellent’ leading … Continue reading

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Marlborough Wine Show drops gold, silver, bronze in favour of excellent, highly recommended and recommended

 12 August 2011 To better reflect the success of wines to the consumer, organisers of the inaugural Marlborough Wine Show have decided to replace gold, silver and bronze medal stickers with ‘excellent’, ‘highly recommended’ and ‘recommended’. The use of these … Continue reading

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Marlborough Wine Show launched

A brand new initiative designed to showcase Marlborough’s wines is being launched today. The Marlborough Wine Show, an independent event run by Wine Competition Ltd, has setout to demonstrate to the world’s wine media and global wine markets that Marlborough … Continue reading

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