I find picking suitable wine varieties a bit overwhelming. So, this season, I decided to lift my game and talk to local wine connoisseur, Michael Cooper. This guy is the country's most acclaimed wine writer and the brains behind the annual Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines.

He's been putting the hefty catalogue of vino together for more than 20 years. This year's book features information on 3260 different wines - covering vintage, taste and price points. Cooper insists that his advice is independent and unbias.

He spends an hour most days sampling six to ten wines, then the rest of his waking hours he's writing notes. This man knows his business.

Join Michael Cooper and I for a live chat from noon until 1pm on Friday, November 16. You can email your questions in early here.


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