The term "value' has all sorts of connotations,
especially when it comes to wine. Why does the cost vary so much? Is a $50.00
wine worth twice as much as a $25.00 bottle? Is price the only
This tasting could never answer these questions but did give us a chance to serve wines of similarity of region and variety in pairs - one approximately twice the price of the other. They were served blind in no particular order and the question was asked - which do you prefer. I also asked which was the most expensive. Obviously the wine ranked as most preferred was thought to be the most expensive. For the first four pairings this was the case. The only exception was the last pairing of the Elephant Hill Le Phant Red and the Ata Rangi Celebre where the Elephant Hill was the preferred wine and also the least expensive. I'd add a caveat that the Ata Rangi is very youthful tasting (see the notes below). This is the effect that occurs in wine shows where often the less expensive wine will win the Gold medal over its higher priced stablemate. For the rest of the pairings the difference was quiet marked and there was no trouble in identifying the more expensive and preferred wine. The two wines of the night were the Pegasus Bay Chardonnay and the Muga Reserva Rioja.
About Vino Fino
Vino Fino is a privately owned, wine specialist, liquor store. Since opening in 1993 by three of Canterbury's most experienced liquor retailers, Vino Fino has become the largest single retailer of Fine Wines in Christchurch, specialising in wines from New Zealand, Australia and around the world.
With the vast array of wines available in the New Zealand market today, it is important that, you the consumer has some guidelines on which to make your purchasing choices. We are continually tasting and evaluating wines to make our stocking selection. We are very proud of our ability to be able to identify wines of distinction and especially those wines that offer outstanding value.
Vino Fino specialise in wines to suit everyone with a wide range of products in all categories. We offer advice and recommendations to suit your budget and requirements. We hope you enjoy your shopping experience with Vino Fino – either on-line or in person in our ambience filled shop.
When visiting our shop at 188 Durham Street in Christchurch, you will be impressed by not only our range but also the large amount of wine memorabilia on display. These rare artefacts are kindly on loan from the Kingscote Family Trust and were once part of the Fletcher Humphrey Museum Collection.