Top tourism site award

January 29, 2007

It’s been online for only a month but the Ruby Bay Lodge & Vineyard has already received a “top tourism site award” from New Zealand Tourism online. Take a look at for the current (and past) winners.

Ruby Bay Vineyard

January 29, 2007


Ruby Bay Vineyard was established in 2002 with the sole aim of making a range of Single Vineyard wines that would be a true expression of their soils. After searching country wide for the perfect vineyard location, Nelson’s maritime climate, complemented by the highest number of sunshine hours in the country, proved irresistible. The 25 acre coastal block was ideal, comprising three gently rolling ridges, north facing aspect and rich Moutere clay soils – with the added bonus of wonderful sea and mountain views!

Using grapes exclusively from their own vineyard, they strive to produce wines with intensity of flavour, that are well balanced, whilst reflecting their unique maritime microclimate. Some four years and 12,000 vines later, varietals Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling now bask under the hot Nelson sunshine. Much hard work and patience finally came to fruition with the first vintage in 2006.

Lucid Directory update

May 26, 2006


The Lucid Directory project is still in the BETA stage but it is getting closer to being complete in its first incarnation.

Recent additions include the tag cloud, use of members’ images in the banner, addition of images for individual listings, list of all Lucid Directory directories.

Please feel free to offer comments and suggestions via the comment feature on this blog if you have any ideas for the Lucid Directory project.

Also, if you would like to take part in the BETA, please let me know.


While the website is being constructed, the tasting notes for Waiwera Estate’s award-winning 2002 Pinot Noir can be downloaded and printed as a PDF from their home page.

Lucid Directory

December 22, 2005

Main URL:

The Lucid Directory project has been launched in BETA stage to start gathering feedback from potential users.

Lucid Directory is an online web directory for small businesses in New Zealand and offers the following sections at this stage:

One of the unique features of this system is that there are direct links to the sections that exclude the other categories. This is very beneficial for those who wish to link to the Lucid Directory but do not want to send their website visitors off to another site and potentially off to the competition.

Lucid Directory offers RSS feeds for each category so travel trade operators can keep an eye on newly added businesses and organisations.

As I said before, this is very much in BETA stage at the moment and I would appreciate any feedback people might have.