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New Zealand Wine Book 25th released while author is flat on his back

The 25th edition of A Guide to New Zealand Wine 2007 has arrived in Auckland while author Peter Saunders lay flat on his back in hospital after a freak accident in Newmarket.

New Zealand’s longest serving wine book, first published in 1976, contains an industry background from history, regions, grapes and statistics, plus company notes on almost all the 530 winemakers at the time of going to press. Tasting notes on thousands of wines are included.

New to this edition is a Corporate Ownership chapter (page 95) to provide a useful and informative background on the public companies and larger corporate ownership of wineries as different as Pernod Ricard and Goldwater,

Now gingerly back on his feet from almost three weeks in hospital after being struck by a ‘public protection fence’ outside a building project, Peter remains in a back brace and some discomfort. But he is pleased to see this 25th edition out on the streets, a 480 page volume after his first edition of just 56 pages. This reflects, of course, the growth in the industry.

The book notes the shaky progression of New Zealand Pinot Gris, the development of Pinot Noir and the willingness of growers and wineries to try new varieties.

Asked about the enormity of publishing 25 books, Peter is simple in his statement: ‘I have learnt and grown with the wine industry.’

He says the conservative approach of editions 10 to 15 years ago is now changed by a buoyancy and exuberance in the industry which is positive, if sometimes feeling its way, and great to see.

Peter Saunders can be contacted on (09) 267–3527 or ">w



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