Not even 24 hours in Christchurch NZ

8.52am, Gate 18 Christchurch Airport, South Island, New Zealand

Weather check – overcast and 3 degrees C – better than the -6 degrees C yesterday as we walked across the Tarmac at the Invercargill airport to catch our baby plane to Christchurch.

Well Christchurch, it was fab being in town, even though it wasn’t even technically for a whole day! It was still long enough to catch up with our folks who look after us so well on the Canterbury Plains – Ju Mannering and Bruce Smith – have lunch with some of the local trade at the brand spanking new and awarded only the night before last ‘Best new establishment in Christchurch’ – Boo Radley’s. Yes – that would be the speakeasy style bar and food above Tequila Mockingbird. The Deep American South style feel, food and liquor shelf at Boo Radley’s is no accident, considering that one of the owners – Hollis Giddens  – is a Mississippi native now living and working with husband Brett in Christchurch…….and it was just the spot for us to slide into town with our new releases and show them off with some fabulous ‘down home kiwi style’ cooking.

  
Check out that magic collection of whiskey, bourbon & rye – I did, whilst decanting our big reds for lunch.

The boys in the engine room where all the deep fried and slow cooked magic happens….Paul and Noel

  
And what’s that on the tray? That my friends is their home made bacon marmalade, just the thing to top the steaks ear marked to go with our Signature Cabernet Shiraz

  
But I’m getting ahead of myself….first it was a stand up look at 6 of our new releases, including the 2012 Hand Picked Shiraz Viognier – velvet smooth and elegant, and dare I say it – our ‘metro sexual pretty’ shiraz from the cooler Eden Valley high country, in contrast to the ‘burlier’ more robust richer Shirazes from the Barossa Valley floor

  
Then out came the 2013 Roussanne and the 2012 Virgilius viognier – with Boos ‘maple & moonshine cured Akaroa salmon’ and deep fried ‘crab hush puppies’,

  
I’ll just leave it there folks, as they’re about to load the jet for Auckland – see you again when I finish this later on tonight in the harbour city.

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