Our helpful tips will help you sample new wines, develop your interest and recognition of wine varieties, plus make exciting discoveries of new and different wine styles. Become a wine expert with our bluffers guide.

  • Choosing wine

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    Advice from Wine Awards Judge Jim Harre on how to choose wine and some factors to consider when looking to make your purchase.  see more

  • Bluffers guide to wine tasting

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    Enjoy our wine tasting tips from the experts.  see more

  • Wine styles

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    To help you decipher wine bottle labels, here’s a simple guide to commonly used wine style terms and an explanation about what makes them different. It will also help you put into words what wine styles you like and assist you to navigate your choices when standing in front of the supermarket shelves!   see more

  • Wine trivia

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    What is James Bonds favourite Champagne? Here are a few items to start your collection of wine trivia.  see more

  • Regional differences

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    Here is a summary of the New Zealand and more well known European wine regions and the grape varieties associated with them.  see more

  • The importance of good glassware

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    With so many shapes and sizes of wine glasses on the market, it can become confusing knowing which wine glass to purchase and drink from. Allow Wine Judge Jim Harre to simplify the decision making with 4 helpful points.  see more