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Grant Ashton is CEO and founder of 67 Pall Mall, which claims to be the world's first private members' club for wine lovers. Photo: 67 Pall Mall

Grant Ashton had spent 30 years running trading floors in the City of London and Canary Wharf when he took a year off. It was hardly a holiday.

As well as starting a green gas business and taking Chartered Financial Analyst exams, he set out to solve a far less taxing issue: How to sell off the vast wine collection he had amassed.

An expert panel of judges composed exclusively of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, senior buyers and wine experts will judge the wines.

Final entries for The Drinks Business Pinot Noir Masters are now being accepted ahead of the upcoming deadline.

Producers wishing to take part have until 31 January to enter and send in their samples. The wines are judged blind and only 100% examples of the variety will be accepted on this occasion.

Wine tourism – both domestic and international – remains a key growth market for Kiwi wineries.

The New Zealand wine industry has continued to show solid financial metrics in 2017, with growth in tourism and exports. 

Cellar design firm Joseph & Curtis created this sleek wine cabinet to house up to 500 bottles. Photo: Joseph & Curtis

In the space-starved metropolis, wine collections take myriad forms.

Housing a personal wine collection in New York City poses a host of challenges: Limited space, sky-high rents and draconian building codes all impede the dreams of Big Apple bottle hunters.

The nation now lives in the age of ‘brought-to-your-doorstep’ consumption.

Times have changed. Gone are the days people need to go out to buy food and drink. Where once we considered the internet an addition to existing businesses, it’s now a – if not the – legitimate retail marketplace. So much so, going out and having fun will soon be available at the App Store. So, what does this mean for the on-trade? The industry which is all about going out out and having fun.