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Written by Yvonne Lorkin, Wairarapa Times-Age   
Thursday, 24 February 2011

Sailfish Cove wines were a popular attraction at the Northland Seafood Festival. Here, Gaylene Corkin keeps another customer happy.

Drive 30 minutes northeast of Whangarei along the Ngunguru road towards Tutukaka, then slow down as you head towards Matapouri because halfway between these two idyllic Northland settlements is a secret wee road called North Gable Way, which takes you to the tiny, yet perfectly formed Sailfish Cove winery and boutique lodge.

"We're an eclectic sort of gumboot group up here," says Gaylene Corkin of Sailfish Cove as she takes my suitcase from the rental car and hauls it up the stairs to my room. As we walk I steady myself against their vertigo-inducing steep vineyard, which looks out to the Poor Knights Islands and runs down toward the rugged and rocky Tutukaka coast.

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