Wine: Ben Byrne’s bottled magic

In 2015, Northland winemaker Ben Byrne decided his parcels of fruit from three Syrah locations each had too much personality to lose if they were blended. He bottled them individually and magic happened …

Byrne Vineyard Puketotara Syrah 2015 $24

Here you have 100 per cent whole-bunch-fermented, “Chave” clone Syrah from the volcanic loam soils of the Fat Pig vineyard on Puketotara Rd in Waipapa. Gently foot-stomped and aged in old French oak, this Syrah weighs in at just 11.5 per cent alcohol. Scented with green peppercorn and violets, it has a plush, black-fruited core, a smooth, earthy finish and tannins that are soft and powdery.

Sip with: venison burgers

Byrne Vineyard Waingaro Syrah 2015 $32

Ben’s original Syrah, sourced from five clones grown on his tiny, north-facing block overlooking Lake Waingaro, Kerikeri’s main water supply, is 30 per cent whole-bunch-fermented with a splash of viognier and some extra viognier skins to boost the aromatic lift. Glossy, gorgeous and perfumed with pepper, violets, bay, cocoa and a hint of apricot kernel, it’s smooth and saucy.

Sip with: peppered steak salad

Byrne Vineyard Te Puna Syrah 2015 $42

Sourced from a tiny patch overlooking Te Puna inlet, this smooth, inky-maroon, unfiltered Syrah bursts with fresh berries, subtle cocoa and plucky pepper characters. Ten per cent whole-bunch-fermented, 50 per cent of which was aged in new French oak, this is fleshy, earthy fabulousness in a bottle.

Sip with: classic beef tartare

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Retail Shelving

 

Retail Shelving systems are a perfect choice if you are planning to start a retail business. These shelving or racks are customizable and easy to fix and assemble. These retail shelving offers outstanding solutions and allows you to display your products to attract customers and make them purchase the products instantly.  The retail shelving is the perfect solution for the perfect business, and these customizable racks can be fixed, altered and installed according to the goods size and display requirements of the business.

Here you can find three models of retail shelving system that can help you improve your merchandise display and help you grow your business successfully.

Slatwall Shelving System:

The Slatwall system comes with different types of features, including floor standing, panels, kiosks and gondola shelves, and more. Also, it comes with various accessories that allow you to display the goods to attract more customers. This Slatwall retail shelving is the perfect choice for any kind of commercial store setting. You can find a large range of retail panels and accessories for   POS sales display. You can also find the fixtures in various wood finishes and also plastic and metal attachments.  With Slatwall, you can change the store display easily, and also you can quickly change the retail promotions setup to increase the visibility of clearance items or popular merchandise.

The Slatwall accessories are easy to use, and you don’t need any additional tools to remove or attach. Also, Slatwall accessories offer maximum merchandising flexibility for clothing, eyewear, jewelry, and several other products.

Gridwall Shelving System:

Gridwall Towers, Wall mounting grids are the perfect option for retail stores. Gridwall is the most famous amongst retailers as they select Gridwall to save the space and at the same time display various types of products. Many merchandisers look for an affordable and effective solution to use floor and wall space and also, offer flexibility. Many store owners are looking for a special shelving design that can give them the opportunity to display their extra inventory due to high rent prices of the store.

Gridwall is a versatile, inexpensive and rugged solution.  Placing panels and towers inside the store, the designers can produce an easy to supervise display, and they can easily restore the merchandise.

Gridwall also comes with various accessories and fixtures and also provide complete customization options. Clothing stores particularly can benefit from the use of a Gridwall setup. Hangers and Hooks are easy to relocate and remove. You can display the multiple colors and sizes of shirts on the hanger

 

 

Gondola Shelving System:

Gondola shelving system is the perfect option for supermarket aisles. It allows you to display your clothes in the store aisles with various types of gondola shelving systems.  The Gondola Retail Shelving displays you mostly see in convenience stores, supermarkets, and other big retailers. It is one of the popular shelving systems as it is easy-to-use and versatile.  The back of the shelves attuned with either slot or pegboard attachments.  You can add more shelves at any height by using the sides of the slots of each shelving unit.  You can also attach brackets and hooks to the pegboard fixtures.  The gondola system can vary depending on the products that you are selling; the perfect gondola system can hold bulk goods.

 

 

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How sparkling water is wrecking your teeth

It’s considered the virtuous option compared to other fizzy drinks and often more refreshing than bog standard still water.

But sparkling water is not as harmless as most of us think – and is actually more acidic than wine and vinegar, a dentist has warned, according to Daily Mail.

“Most people have no idea that fizzy water is extremely acidic, it’s pH3 on the acidity scale” says Adam Stone, a dentist in London’s Harley Street.

“The bubbles erode your tooth enamel – and over time this causes painful, yellow cracked teeth.”

With pH7 being neutral, the figures make alarming reading:

* Carbonated drinks (e.g. sparkling water or diet cola) pH 3.0

* Juices & smoothies (e.g. apple juice) pH 3.4

* Wine pH 3.6

* Salad dressing (e.g. vinegar) pH 3.6

Indeed, Stone, from the Harley Street Dental Studio, claims he has seen a three-fold rise in people suffering from acid damage in the last 10 years.

“There are various causes: some people grind their teeth together, often due to stressful jobs. This wears away the enamel, exposing the underneath layer and causing pain.”

But the main culprit is our culture of constant sipping and snacking throughout the day, he says.

“Everywhere you go people are sipping smoothies, coffee, juices and fizzy water.

“These are all highly acidic and attack your teeth. Every time you consume something like this it takes your tooth enamel three hours to recover from it.”

When you eat something sticky or sugary, little acid attacks erupt in your mouth that strips your enamel of vital minerals. After the attacks, saliva swishes around your mouth, cleaning off debris and redepositing those lost minerals.

“But if you’re sipping all day, your teeth never get a chance and are under a constant acid attack,” says Stone.

“This can cause the protective enamel to erode, causing pain and sensitivity. It can also lead to decay.”

“Rather than sipping constantly, drink a glass in one go. Try to use a straw to direct the water down your throat rather than towards your teeth.”

What is enamel erosion?
Enamel erosion occurs when acids, including those in a normal healthy diet, attack the outer layer (the enamel) of teeth, making it softer and weaker.

Signs of enamel erosion can be:

1. Cracking: If tooth erosion continues into the advanced stage, the edges of the teeth can start to crack and have a rough feeling.

2. Yellowing: Teeth can become yellower as a consequence of enamel thinning because the underlying dentine becomes more visible.

3. Transparency: In the early stages of tooth erosion teeth can have a sand blasted look – or the tips of the front teeth to look transparent.

4. Sensitivity: As a consequence of the loss of enamel, the underlying dentine can become exposed. This can result in feeling sharp twings, discomfort or pain.

What causes enamel erosion?
* Fizzy water
* Lemon juice (almost as acidic as battery acid)
* Vinegary salad dressing
* Juices and smoothies
* Chewing ice cubes
* Alcohol
* Snacking between meals – it means your teeth are constantly at risk
* Exercising (exercising causes a dry mouth as moisture is diverted elsewhere in the body, increasing the likelihood of enamel erosion)
* Pregnancy (acid reflux during morning sickness increases the likelihood of enamel erosion)
* Bruxism – teeth grinding can weaken enamel

On the flipside:

A small amount of cheese can be beneficial if eaten after acidic food as it neutralises the acid.

How to prevent it
Give your teeth a 3-4-hour break between meals.

Avoid frequent snacks.

Finish your meal with a crunchy vegetable (carrot, stalk of celery, cauliflower, piece of bell pepper, sweet pepper, leaf of cabbage, a small stick of cut up swede, cucumber) to help clean the teeth and stimulate saliva.

Chew some sugar-free chewing gum for 10 minutes.

When you have finished brushing, spit out excess toothpaste but do not rinse with water! If you rinse with water, you will get rid of the fluoride. If you absolutely want to rinse your teeth after brushing, use a fluoride mouthwash.

There is now also a toothpaste that claims to be the first to regenerate lost tooth enamel.

Called Regenerate, it has been shown in clinical trials to create the identical mineral to tooth enamel – and is said to to bond directly onto the tooth in the minute or so that someone is brushing their teeth.

Fred Schafer was one of the scientists at Unilever involved in developing the product before his retirement.

Speaking to the Hippocratic Post, he said: “This should help to revolutionise tooth care in much the same way that the introduction of fluoride helped to reduce the number of cavities when it was added to toothpaste and drinking water.”

“We also created the Advanced Enamel Serum which you put straight onto your teeth which does the same job as toothpaste but in a much shorter time – usually in about three days.”

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Self-healing of iPhone screen repairs and it can take only 24 hours

 

People get nervous when they have to handle electronic devices on their own. They do not really want to fall in that mess because if anything goes wrong, then they would have to deal with it.  Buying a new phone for iPhone screen repair is not always an option and the service centres might sometimes ask for a huge sum of money, which does not make any sense. A tiny scratch on iPhone screen can be repaired in the home itself and you just have to see some tutorials on how to do it. You might also need kits to do it but sometimes, household items prove to be better when it comes to iPhone screen repair. It has been established that University of California has designed and introduced a new polymer that makes it easy to repair small cracks in the phone and heals it like a new one.

The main thing about the polymer is that it can stretch up to 50 times and it can adjust even in small cracks and so the crack need not stay in the phone permanently. The polymer needs 24 hours to fix an iPhone screen repair, which has been cracked completely. This is a very self-made material and it is easy to use which can be used by anyone to repair his or her screens. The polymer is so light that nothing can happen to it even after stretching it for many times. The best part of this polymer is that work in any kind of environment, even in the humid ones. There are no chances of the polymer drying off and researchers are trying that this can work for the benefit of the people. The material is light which makes it possible to use in batteries and extend the life of batteries.

The material has been developed by the scientists and they have been trying to make it since the last three years. It is made up of iconic salt and stretchable polymer and the use of this has not yet started in any of the service centres until now. There are still some conditions that are needed to be checked by the scientists. They want to test the substance under harsh conditions and how it would work in those conditions. It has to be put in real world applications soon and with that, people would not have to worry at all about cracks in their iPhone screens. The previous self-healing polymers, which have been introduced, could not work in harsh conditions and the scientists are in question whether this would work or not.

The polymer should be able to generate human heat and electricity so that it can work properly. The mechanical properties of the screen and phone cannot be changed by the polymer but it can surely help people to heal their phones in their homes itself and they would not have to search for service centres anywhere. It has been expected to be started by the end of this year.

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How to get a lucrative home staging job?

 

The primary responsibility of a home stager is to make the house presentable for the prospective home buyers. The home stagers have to interact with real estate agents and builders. If you have the designing and home styling skills, then you need to search home staging jobs. Prior to that, read the below-given steps.

Training

Though skills and capabilities are essential to be a home stager, a training programme will add weighting to your CV. Always make sure that the trainer of a home stager training programme is conducted by experienced home stagers themselves. It could be a 15-days program or a series of workshops or seminars. You will additional skills and marketing tricks to get home staging jobs.

Certification

It is not a mandatory requirement to acquire certification in home staging, but it would be an added advantage for you. Many professional organizations offer certification in home staging. Some even help with placements or promotional assistance. However, you need to browse and select the most appropriate one.

Gain more and more contacts

You should try to get in touch with real estate agents of your area. Real estate agents and primarily concerned with selling homes quickly to potential home buyers. Hence, they need home stagers. Some agents may recommend you to his clients. As a result, home staging opportunities are generated for you.

Join a reputed home staging company

If becoming a full-fledged home stager sounds overwhelming for you, you can join a company instead. As you gain experience in this company, you will learn many new skills, creative styles and confidence. After few years, you can start your home staging business.

Join a home staging related organization

In some countries, there are certain home staging based organizations that help new and experienced home stagers to get jobs and opportunities. You can find jobs by advertising yourself in their newsletters or magazines. You can build new networks with other home stagers and find jobs for yourself.

Prepare a nice and complete portfolio

For getting any job, we build our CV. On the same parlance, you also need to build a portfolio, considering home staging business. If you have done home staging for your friends or past colleagues or relatives, then post the pictures on your portfolio. You can even add these images on your social media profile. If you have prepared certain home designs and styles, then include those in your portfolio. So, your portfolio should be attractive and complete so that a potential home buyer likes it and feels like acquiring your services. You never know when you will get a job through your portfolio.

Always be willing to learn

The learning of a home stager does not stop after completion of training or earning a certification. The process of growth and learning keeps on continuing on a daily basis. Hence, you need to have thirst for knowledge of styles, patterns and designs for different homes and clients.

Conclusively, if a home stager digs at right places with a passion for learning, then he or she can find many home staging jobs.

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Dishwasher malfunctions and how to fix them?

 

Using a dishwasher for cleaning your dirty dishes saves you a lot of time that you can utilize for other useful purposes or for a bit of ‘me time’. All you need to do is load the dirty dishes into the correct segments or drawers of the washer and turn the switch on. The dishes will be squeaky clean within a very short time. So, all’s good as long as the washer performs without a glitch. But when they start acting up, you can have a hell of a time.

Most people would think of calling a dishwashers NZ repair service but that can cost you several hundred dollars. Instead, it would be prudent that you carry out an initial examination and try to find if the problem is due to the following issues and if so, fix it yourself:

Accumulation of water in the bottom levels of the washer

This is a very common issue that most people face and the reason for it is pretty simple, clogging of the drain of the washer due to leftover food, bones, seeds, etc. The solution for this problem is pretty simple; you have to empty the washer and then clean the drains so that nothing remains stuck inside it. This will allow free flow of water and prevent water accumulation.

Dirty dishes even after washing

Another problem that people often face while using dishwashers NZ is that the dishes aren’t properly cleaned even after the washing cycle is over. Naturally, this will nullify the utility of the washer and you have to solve this problem immediately. The common reasons behind this sort of a problem are usually clogged sprinklers, nozzles or water hose. To solve this issue, you will have to clean all existing holes of the washer following the instruction manual. If the problem continues, it has to be assumed that the water heater isn’t working properly.

Stained glasses

Dishwashers NZ are meant to make your glasses shiny and gleaming and if that doesn’t happen after a wash, then you have to look out for the reason behind it and solve the problem. To identify the cause, you first need to put the glasses into vinegar water and if the glasses start shining after about 5 minutes, then the problem lies in the water that you are using for cleaning the dishes. Hard water can cause this type of problem. Use of extra detergent can easily solve this problem. However, if vinegar cannot clean your glasses, then the problem is because of the temperature of the water being used for cleaning.

Excessive noise

Though all dishwashers NZ make some amount of noise, it isn’t usually too much, provided you made a wise decision while buying. However, after repeated use, dishwashers sometimes start making a lot of noise which is quite distracting and unbearable. This may happen when blades and fans of the motor get damaged for some reason. The best solution to this sort of problem is precaution. Make sure that you examine the different parts of the washer for any sort of minor damage and fix them before it’s too late.

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Photo Booth Hire

 

Photo Booth Hire offers retro style photo booths for weddings, birthday parties, retirement parties, business events, or for small home parties.  The photo booth can add more fun to the event and your guests can enjoy the event thoroughly for sure.  These photo booths are easy to use, you just need to tap on the screen, and pose, and in just a few minutes the beautiful photo print will be in your hands. The Photo Booth Hire gives you everything to make your party memorable and gives you the freedom to customize the booth the way you want and help you make your event successful and fun.

Make it yours: Customize your photo booth hire as the service provider can offer you a range of photo strip designs along with beautiful backdrops, and also provides a range of party packs and props that you can select from.  Not just that, it also gives total freedom to make your photo booth the way you want, it allows you to design your own design, and also you can take help from their stylist and work with them to create magical moments.

Unlimited Photo Sessions:  You can use the photo booth all night long from the time you hired the photo booth. You can own it temporarily and use it as much as you want. All your guests can take individual, or group, or as a couple, photos in the photo booth.  You can use it for all your guests and make the party more fun and entertaining. The guests can take their prints with the theme while going back to home for long lasting memories.

Amusing Backdrops:  The backdrops can add heaps of fun with its big and bold designs.  These backdrops are created to make the party look amazing.  However, the photo booth hire is generous enough to give the freedom to change the backdrop that is suitable to your event theme and also they are ready to take any suggestion. You have total right to change the backdrop as per your liking, after all, you are the boss, and you own the photo booth for that night.

Beautifully designed photo strips: The photo booth hires provides a range of elegantly designed photo strips to choose from. The photo booth hires retro or vintage to plain and modern designs. These hires also offer bespoke designs as this design can bring extra special looks to the photo strips. Also, it allows you to design your own design using the templates.

Party Packs and Props: Yes, props are the most fun factor in the photo booth. All these photo booths are equipped with a lot of props and party packs. Most of these photo booth services offer amazing props that you can never expect.  If you are planning a themed event, then they can help you find the stuff that matches your theme and helps you make your event a grand success.

Branded Photos – Corporate Photo Booths: You can hire a photo booth for corporate events. The photo booth hires can provide the branded photos, and they make sure that the brand appears all over the photo.

 

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Awards

Thinking outside the grape

The fruit wine industry in NZ is coming of age. What used to be a hobby for back yard brewers is now a regulated and controlled industry. The New Zealand Fruit Wine Makers Association was formed in 1985 and holds annual competitions. These competitions are open to international competitors and to win an award is worth singing ones praises. Even more so when a wine receives the prestigious “Best Wine” award as well as gold, silver and bronze medals.

Tony Firmin is the winemaker and has consistently won awards year after year including twice over best wine. Below are some of the medals he has collected.

2012 Best Sparkling Wine – Sparkling Trinity

2012 Awards
Gold Silver
Bronze
Sparkling Trinity Boysenberry Still Feijoa Sparkling

Plum Medium
2011 Graeme Oldfield Best Feijoa Trophy – Sparkling Feijoa

2011 Awards
Gold Silver
Bronze
Feijoa Sparkling
Boysenberry Still

Feijoa Still

The wines available from White Goose Winery are not watered down. Samplers of the wine appreciate the fresh bouquet and rich depth of flavor which comes from using only pure fresh juice. The hand crafted fruit wine is made with passion which Tony and Jutta Firmin share with visitors to the “Wine Nest”.

White Goose Wines have been exported world wide. Recently “Sparkling Trinity” was the wine of choice at the ordination of the Roman Catholic Bishop attended by 3000 people in Vanuatu. Customers are also found in England, Hong Kong and Australia.

Fruit wine making is a craft that has been developed from early farmers need to preserve the surplus of fruit to a dedicated industry supplying approximately 4 million litres of wine a year in New Zealand.(NZ. maf stats). The wine is easily drunk ( sometimes too easily) and has a growing appeal.

Whilst grape wineries are experiencing an over supply internationally the increase in preference for fruit wine is being noted. White Goose Winery are interested to hear from other intending distributors locally and internationally.

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Our Wine

 

Explore Our Winelist

White Goose Winery makes many award winning fruit wines that are perfect for any situation. Below you will find what wines we have to offer at the moment, and our prices. To place an order or to send us an email for any enquiries, simply click on the place an order button.

All prices include GST.

Courier freight North Island varies according to district, at cost

Courier freight South Island depending on weight, at cost.

Boysenberry Stillwine imageSweet to the taste, yet carries a distinctive touch of acidity, great colour and bouquet, a true reflection of summer ripe berries on a vine. A beautiful new wine, just as delicious as the previous Gold Medal Winner.

$14.95 per bottle
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Feijoa Stillwine imageDistinctly New Zealand. This wine has captured the true flavour of Feijoas, a perfect table wine, excellent with pork, chicken or fish. 2009 Gold Medal Winner and judged 2010 Best Feijoa Wine and 2010 Best Fruit Wine in New Zealand.

$14.95 per bottle
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Feijoa Sparkling Medium 2011 Best Feijoa Winewine imageDelicious, made with champagne yeast, a celebration wine for any occasion, sealed with natural cork to retain all the bubbles.

$15.95 per bottle
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Plum Wine .wine imageThe unmistakable bouquet of ripe plums brings back happy memories of sun drenched carefree childhood summers, enjoy its fruitiness to the full, serve over ice, or even with a slice of fruit cake.

$14.95 per bottle
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Sparkling Trinity – Fruit Wine Awards 2012 – Best Sparkling Winewine imageA blend of three Summer fruits – Boysenberry, Plum and Strawberry present a vibrant red sparkling wine. It has complexity with harmony, intense fruit presence and a lingering palate. A joyful wine with wide appeal. Serve chilled.

$15.95
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Blueberry Still – Return of a Family Favouritewine imageA dry table wine with the same colour and remarkably similar to Pinot Noir. We have added brandy to add a little extra teasing of your palate.

$15.95 per bottle
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Strawberry Sparkling .wine imageA sweet sparkling wine made with ripe Bay of Plenty strawberries. Serve well chilled.

$15.95 per bottle

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About us

About Us

Whakatane wine connoisseurs developed such a taste for Tony and Jutta Firmin’s fruit wines the couple installed their own winery at their White Goose Orchard at Awakeri.

The Firmins have owned the orchard for nearly 30 years but they only began using their fruit for wine-making purposes 13 years ago, not long before they opened their restaurant.

They grow strawberries, blueberries and feijoas to make both still and sparkling wines but Tony is halfway through planting a block of blackberries and he’s also put in 75 plum trees with more on order for next year.

Until recently the wine was made on the Firmin’s behalf by other wineries but Tony studied for his certificate in wine production by correspondence a couple of years ago while his daughter and her husband ran the restaurant.

Now he has received the go-ahead from the local authorities, and the Customs Department to make his own wine.

He has brought in equipment from Italy and although he describes his operation as just a “boutique winery” he says the machinery he’s using is the same as that used by the bigger wineries only on a smaller scale.

“One piece of equipment doesn’t look that large but it’s capable of crushing and mincing between 800 to 1000 kilos of fruit an hour.”

Tony says to begin with he will he trying to meet local demand for his fruit wines without worrying about the export market.

“At this stage we can’t make enough for our customers and we’re temporarily out of stock of both blueberry sparkling and feijoa still wine although I’m hoping to have some more bottled for Christmas.

Although the Firmins don’t export their wine some of it still ends up overseas.

A visitors’ book at the restaurant has been signed in recent weeks by customers from all over the world and Tony says many have bought a bottle or two to take home with them.

“Strawberry wine is the most popular followed closely by feijoa.”

Tony says he and Jutta have been invited to display their wines at a Food and Wine Fair near Auckland next month and with thousands expected to attend Tony says it will hopefully help promote Whakatane as well as their product. The English-born grandfather, who has been a sales rep and sharemilker in the past as well as orchardist and restaurateur, says he’s very excited at this new direction life is taking. “It just goes to prove that you’re never too old to change your career!”

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