Tasting Wine Out in Left Field with this New Zealand Winery

Last night, we were joined by special guest winemaker, Richard Painter of Te Awa Wines, helping us pair food with New Zealand wines. Click the arrow on the video above to watch ​our chat.

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Here’s a sampling of our lively discussion from our tasting…

Jason Gauvreau
Jason Gauvreau · 22:24 I agree with Richard about white fish and shellfish with Sauvignon Blanc, but the high acidity in SB also make it a great pairing with zesty, citrusy summer salads, especially those with vinaigrette dressings.
Carol Maskus
Carol Maskus · 42:21 Natalie, I did not know that “syrah” refers to a more Rhone style, while “shiraz” refers to the Australian style. Here in California, all the makers label it “syrah.” You’d think someone would want to try an Australian style.
Stephen Andrews
Stephen Andrews · 0:00 Good show learned some things about Hawks Bay. Had to watch the replay. We meaning the wife girls and grandkids enjoyed Mothers Day at Disney Springs. Looking forward to Ravenswood broadcast I like the wines that they produce.
Lucie Mercier
 Lucie Mercier · 6:08 Can’t wait…❤️ Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Yes we hear you…
Jason Gauvreau
Jason Gauvreau · 30:03 What is the price point for the Chardonnay
Jason Gauvreau
Jason Gauvreau · 31:35 What’s available in Alberta?
Jason Gauvreau


You’ll find all of the wines we taste here, along with tasting notes, scores, food pairings and available stock in your closest liquor store.

Richard Painter
Winemaker, Te Awa

Richard studied a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geography at Otago. Whilst living in Dunedin, he spent four years managing the legendary Bath St. Nightclub.

During this stint in hospitality Richard began attending wine clubs and tastings. He soon realised that not only did he really enjoy drinking wine, but also that the process of making wine was intrinsically linked to soil science and climatology and therefore appeared to be a practical application of what he studied in Physical Geography. This burgeoning interest in wine took him to Lincoln University in 2006, to complete a Graduate Diploma in Winemaking and Viticulture.



Te Awa Left Field Rosé 2016
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand






Richard started off his career in the wine industry working in vineyards in Central Otago, Canterbury and Nelson.

During a year working at Neudorf Vineyard’s in Nelson, he discovered an interest with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and wanted to learn more about these wines. This lead him to travel to Oregon to work for Owen Roe Winery and as fate would have it, ended up working in their facility in Washington State.




Te Awa Winery Left Field Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Nelson, New Zealand






Again his curiosity with different varietals was piqued and he fell in love with making (and naturally drinking) bold red wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot blends and Syrah.



This love of red wine is what brought Richard to Hawkes Bay as he wanted to work with fruit from the famous Gimblett Gravels sub-region. He joined Vidal Estate for the 2008 vintage and then stayed on to become the Assistant Winemaker in 2011.




Te Awa Left Field Merlot 2015
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand






Working at Vidal also rekindled his passion for Chardonnay and reaffirmed his view that Hawkes Bay produces world class wines from this variety, the finest white wine of them all.



“I am really excited to take on the winemaking reins at Te Awa. It is a special site that has produced fine wine for many years now, as well as having a fantastic Restaurant and Cellar door.



Te Awa Left Field Syrah 2015
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand






The soil composition of the different zones of the vineyard, ranging from very gravelly to more sand and silt loam, allow us to produce a range of varieties all on the one Estate, that always display both finesse and a wonderful depth of flavour.”






Te Awa Left Field Pinot Gris 2016
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand









Te Awa Left Field Albariño 2016
Gisborne, New Zealand










Te Awa Winery Left Field Pinot Noir 2016
Marlborough, New Zealand










Te Awa Winery Left Field Chardonnay 2016
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand










Te Awa Winery Left Field Malbec 2015
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand







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