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NEWS: New Zealand Wines: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide has moved online exclusively, meaning the annual print edition is no longer published. This reflects the soaring international demand for online reviews. The Buyer’s Guide is consulted in New Zealand and around the world by its members – highly engaged consumers and professional wine producers, distributors, sommeliers and retailers.  All content from previous print editions (2021 and earlier) is still available on the website for members.  New reviews will be frequently uploaded to the site throughout the year, giving members access to everything the print edition contained – and more. 


In an average year, Michael Cooper tastes around 3,000 wines and his wealth of knowledge has earned him the position of New Zealand’s most acclaimed wine writer. Join this site to take advantage of Michael’s expert advice, reviews and best buy recommendations.


Best Buy

Lake Chalice The Falcon Marlborough Riesling 2021

Lake Chalice The Falcon Marlborough Riesling 2021

Offering attractive, well-priced drinking for the Kiwi summer of 2022-23, this light-bodied wine is fresh and vigorous, with good intensity of citrusy, slightly appley flavours, a gentle splash of sweetness and appetising acidity.  Drink now or cellar.
Number of Stars:
4
Price:
NZ $19.00
Variety:
Riesling
Vintage:
2021

Treat Yourself

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley North Canterbury Riesling 2020

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley North Canterbury Riesling 2020

Based on mature vines and crafted in a distinctly medium style, this classic wine typically breaks into full stride at about three years old and can mature well for over a decade. The distinctive 2020 vintage is already delicious.  Bright yellow/green, it is weighty and rich, with deep, peachy, slightly honeyed and gingery flavours,  gentle sweetness and a very harmonious finish.  Drink now or cellar.

Number of Stars:
5
Price:
NZ $30.00
Variety:
Riesling
Vintage:
2020

Reviews of the latest editions 

“Want to find a good New Zealand wine?  You’d be hard-pressed to go past New Zealand Wines 2020: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide.” Emma Jenkins, Winestate

“For anybody who is interested in New Zealand wine, it doesn’t come any better.  A great book – it always is.”  Leighton Smith 

“Michael has a lovely, laid-back tasting notes style that doesn’t scream at you.  A very reliable taster.”  Caro’s Wine Merchants

“So when Cooper says a wine is great – and great value – you sit up and listen.” – Josie Steenhart, Stuff

“[Michael Cooper is] New Zealand’s leading consumer advocate in wine.”  Allan Scott, Marlborough Man  

“The softcover book that first made its presence felt in 1992 has become somewhat of a bible for wine lovers here at home and, more recently via his website, overseas.”  Tessa Nicholson, New Zealand Winegrower

“… the Gandalf of New Zealand wine critics, Michael Cooper…” Yvonne Lorkin, Canvas, New Zealand Herald

“Michael is deeply entrenched in the landscape of New Zealand wine… We consider his extensive knowledge and long experience vital as a benchmark tool when reflecting on our wines.”  Dry River