The Ups, The Downs, The In-betweens and The Wine

It’s a tradition for many at this time of year to reflect on what has been and think about what the future will hold. 2010 has been an eventful dramatic year for many. Global economy worries still hurt many, the wine industry is most certainly not exempt from the worldwide knotting of the purse strings. There have been shocking Global disasters and some very close to home calamities have made this year long and painful for many. We are  looking forward to a 2011 filled with happy events and a settled day-to-day life.

That having been said, there have been some exciting changes and great events that have happened this past year as well. So, I thought I would take this time to celebrate the good this year has brought us.

Left to Right: Winston hiding, Takahiro, CP, Oz Clark, Missie, Doug

One of the recent happy events is Reviews. Yes, we know wine is not all about the reviews and the ratings. The place you are when you enjoy the wine, the company that is sharing it with you and the food you pair it with all makes a great bottle of wine a ‘one of a kind’. There is a pleasure in having a great review and rating for a winery, it is like receiving a fantastic report card. Yes you know you have worked hard, but the good report shows people that your hard work pays off. This year we had our 2008 wines reviewed by Robert Parker and the results were something to be proud of. This is especially a proud achievement for Kees, Kathryn (the owners and managers of Mountford) and Missie (the vineyard manager) as this is the first vintage from start of the season to the finished product that they have been involved with. CP, our winemaker here, is known for making bold wines, so to have reviews that celebrate his success is always nice.

2010 has also seen the release of Cp’s 2009 Hommage a’l’Alsace. There has been some great feedback for him about this. We love the Hommage here at Mountford and are proud of the reviews it has been getting. Personally, I love to drink it at cellar temp rather than chilled, although on some of these hot summer days chilled is a very nice way for this wine to go down.

Campbell Island, Christmas day

We have gained some new friends this year and helped others to go on amazing adventures. We have opened up new markets and further established those we already have. It’s been an adventure this year and we can see the goals and plans we have for this great little vineyard and winery taking shape.

Finally this has been the year of technology for Mountford. We have launched our blog, we now have Facebook and we are taking on the Twitter world. Of course we still have our full website which we keep up to date with our currently available wines. We are still new to these bright and shiny new worlds but we are working on keeping everyone in the loop so they know where to get the best wine in the world, even if we do say so ourselves.

So, all in all, truly an eventful year. We hope that the new year brings relief to those that have suffered, more happiness and fulfillment for all and great wine, with fabulous friends and amazing food.

Cheers to the new year and a bittersweet farewell to the one that is passing

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About mountfordestate

A boutique vineyard and winery set on a hillside in a stunning park-like environment in the Waipara region of Canterbury New Zealand. Established in 1991 plantings include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. CP Lin's elegant, stylish, and unforgettable burgandian style wines have an international following.
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