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  • Wed

    Tasting - Top drops under $25

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 - Directions 
    Entry fee: Members $TBC Guests $TBC
    Presenter: Joelle Thomson

    Wines to be tasted:

    2009 Forrest The Valleys Riesling
    Valformosa Cava Classic Brut NV
    2015 Main Divide Waipara Riesling
    2014 / 2015 Ulisse Montepulciano, Italy
    2013 / 2015 Crater Rim Waipara Pinot Noir
    2015 / 2016 Alary Gerbaude Cotes du Rhone
    2017 San Marzano Il Pumo Primitivo

    Joelle Thomson is a journalist, wine writer and author, who was bitten by the big buttery Chardonnay bug at Aro Street Café in Wellington, New Zealand, in the late 1980s and has been in love with wine ever since. She is a full-time writer.

    She wrote her first wine column in 1994 for Capital Times newspaper and remains a contributor to its reincarnated, slightly glossier version – Capital magazine.

    She also writes for Good magazine, NZ Winegrower, Drinksbiz and Joelle is a regular wine commentator on RNZ (Radio New Zealand National) on the Jesse Mulligan afternoon show. Joelle is the author of 16 wine books (published by New Holland and HarperCollins), including 10 annual wine guides.

To see all future and past events, visit the member’s site.


Membership as easy as 1, 2, 3


  1. Read our Membership rules
  2. Complete the online membership form or download and complete the print form and bring with you to our next tasting
  3. Join us at our next event.

Try before you buy

We encourage you to join us as a guest including paying the guest price for up to two events before you join. So feel free to attend one or two events to make sure. After that sign-up and well you’ll receive all the benefits of membership.

Cost to members

We try to keep the cost to members as affordable as possible. Our subscriptions are $25/year, and our door charge is between $10 to $20 each event, depending on the support offered by the presenters, covers the cost of wines we are tasting on the night, light supper, room hire & presenter gifts.


What you can expect if you join

Our meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month starting at 7:45 pm and typically cover a range of 6 – 8 wines of a particular brand, range, region or varietal. These are brought to us by knowledgeable people passionate about the wines. We also have social events during the year including two dinners, a barbeque in January and the AGM in May.


If you have questions, photos, stories – humorous or recent experience, like to suggest a club night theme or present your wines, really anything, we would appreciate hearing from you, or want to join?

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