Hi there

Thanks for taking the time out to visit and read the ramblings of the winemaker’s wife & the grape grower’s daughter!   My name is Jacinda and I’m writing this blog to share our family’s journey as we establish a wine label – Fiasco Wines.    You’ll find a mix of content here, authored by myself or by my husband Aaron.  Most of it is G-rated, although some of hubby’s vids are a bit scary ;-)!    Please feel free to comment, ask questions or make suggestions and criticisms.

My parents were among the first viticulturalists in Marlborough, planting grapes when I was just a toddler (and when many locals thought it was the most crazy idea they’d ever heard).    After marrying my teenage love (soppy eh), who is now a talented winemaker, my fate was sealed – there was to be no escaping the world of wine!

At the beginning of 2008, Aaron and I decided, after quite a bit of nervous procrastination, that we would just go ahead, take a few risks and have a crack at producing and marketing our own wine. 

We were struggling to come up with a name until one morning when Aaron arrived home at the end of yet another 13 hour night shift (the joys of working vintage when wineries in Marlborough run 24/7).  I asked how work was and got the response,

 “A ***** fiasco.” 

“How was your day?” he asked. 

“Ditto” I replied.

We laughed and thought, now there’s a name.  Dictionary definition of Fiasco:  

1. a complete and ignominious failure.


Of course we don’t intend Fiasco to be a complete disaster but we appreciate the idea that life can be busy, chaotic even and we know it’s often a balancing act.  We know that time will always roll on and that it’s important not just to keep going forward, but to have fun along the way.  We hope the character running on the wine barrel with a glass captures some of those ideas.  

As far as Fiasco goes, I hope that we don’t go broke, but figure that if we have fun along the way and learn lots then we cannot lose much.  I do know that things will be a fiasco at times, as they already have been!    We have four precious children: Tahlia (aged 11), Jed (stillborn), Finn (aged 7) and baby Archie who mean the world to us.  I also have a part time job secondary teaching  while Aaron works part-time making wine at Indevin – all part of the juggling act!  The photo on the blog masthead is of me hand-picking Guwurztraminer grapes with a team of students and parents from college who used it as a fundraiser. 

So what I hope to do here is simply share the journey as it unfolds.  There will be a mix of content, sometimes associated directly with the wine industry, sometimes about the fiascos we see others experiencing and sometimes about our own efforts to find balance.  Thanks again for stopping by and don’t forget to comment – all advice, encouragement and ideas are most appreciated.

Cheers, Jacinda


19 Responses to “About”

  1. September 29, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Hey, that’s cheating, here I was thinking Jack was a bloke!

  2. 2 fiascowines
    September 29, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    And you didn’t even hit on me! Sorry about that – I was a tomboy as a kid if that’s any consolation…: )

  3. September 29, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    You dropped the married phrase before I could! Am afraid I don’t do cyber-dating, prefer to stalk single men in churches! husband hunting season is open!

  4. 4 Rhett
    September 29, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Awesome, you started a blog! Surprise! And even more so that you are a lady!

  5. September 30, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Hey! Jack’s a Jill! Welcome to the blogosphere.

  6. September 30, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Keep this up and people reading the blog will start to think I’m some sort of transvestite ; )

  7. 7 Hainesy
    October 1, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    To the Winemaker’s Wife :}

    Awesome job! Love it. Congratulations on the birth of Fiasco. Can’t wait to share in the journey as it unfolds. I trust you own the domain name http://www.fiascowines.co.nz. I look forward to visiting a sales page there soon! If you can dream it, you can do it.

    H x

  8. October 1, 2008 at 10:16 pm


    Great to hear from you matey. Thanks for the well wishes. Yep we do have that domain name – Abbie is working on the website, shouldn’t be too far away. She has to balance website construction with little Logan but has done a great job getting out labels in the last few days … and dealing with Aaron and I telling her different things to do 🙂
    How long till we lure you back to this side of the ditch? We are of course counting on you guys setting up a Sounds resort so we can supply the wine.

  9. 9 Hainesy
    October 2, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    It’s a real family affair – nice! The label is hot, very fitting and timeless too. Who was the visionary behind it? Willie would be home tomorrow if he could, we are hoping for early 2009. Don’t worry, I will get your sales cranking!

    H x

  10. 10 Uncle Jakey
    October 3, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Cool. All the best kicking off your new wine label!

    I’m guessing you’ll be releasing a Sav Blanc and maybe a Pinot Noir but maybe I should not get ahead of myself. What variety/ies will you be starting with? I like trying a range but am primarily partial to syrahs, (not really a big Marlborough variety but, depending where your land is still an option – just look at Fromm) complex chardonnays, rieslings, and bordeaux blends.

    I look forward to giving some a try when they make their way out to the public…


  11. October 3, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Many thanks for the well wishes – good guess work – sounds like you know your stuff! Yes we are starting with a Sav & a Gewurztraminer (both made by Aaron from the family vines) & possibly a Pinot Noir (trying to get our hands on a great brew a friend has made and may have some surplus of). The Sav & Gewurzt will be bottled next week – so will be available very soon for you to have a try 🙂

  12. October 15, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Welcome to the wine blogging world. It’s nice to have a few more kiwi wineries blogging.

  13. October 15, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks Paul – yes have had to do a bit of hunting to find any but do enjoy your site.

  14. 14 Brennan (Blenheim) Nelson, call me Blen!
    October 25, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Make a Rose to sell in the UK!

  15. 15 fiascowines
    October 25, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Are they big on Roses there?

  16. January 20, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Nice to see a Kiwi winery stepping into the online world. Good job and happy selling!

  17. 17 Kev
    May 21, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Got here via your QR code on your bottle. Nice drop and nice touch with the code.

  18. 18 Jacinda
    May 21, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Hey Kev, thanks heaps for dropping by and letting us know that there is someone out there who can use the QR code …it’s made my day! Hope you enjoyed the wine too 🙂

  19. 19 Jennifer Hah
    May 11, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    hello! any chance of working in your vineyard? I’m a working holiday maker from malaysia =D Thanks!
    xx Jennifer

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