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  • Wed
    20
    Jan
    2016

    Cellar Club committee meeting

    7:30 - 10:00 pm

    If you have anything you wish the committee discuss on your behalf, please contact the committee who will gladly help you out.

  • Sat
    23
    Jan
    2016

    Bridge Pa Wine Festival 2016

    10 am - 6 pm

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    It's back, the biggest event of the summer has returned. 

    The Bridge Pa Wine Festival is returning on Saturday, 23rd January 2016. Seven of New Zealand's leading wineries once again combine to provide a day-long extravaganza of wine, food and music.

    As part of the Ash Ridge family we have an Earlybird offer for our wine club members. Secure your tickets for the festival before the 31st October 2015 and receive a 20% discount.

    The festival has 4 ticket categories:

    • General Admission and Hop On/Hop Off buses - gain entry to the festival, use of the buses to get around the wineries and a festival glass. $30 per person. Wine Club $24.
    • As above plus bus transfer from and to Hastings or Havelock North. $45 per person.Wine Club $36.
    • As above plus bus transfer from and to Napier or Taradale. $50 per person. Wine Club $40.
    • General Admission only - for people who want to self-drive or cycle around the festival. $20 per person. Wine Club $16.

    To secure your discounted tickets please email me on chris@ashridgewines.co.nz, there are no limits on ticket numbers, so get your group together and organise a huge day out.

    Chris and the team @ Ash Ridge will process and send out your tickets with the upcoming November Wine Release.

    Regards
    Chris and the team @ Ash Ridge

  • Sun
    31
    Jan
    2016

    Summer BBQ 2016

    4:00 - close

    barbeque-explosionDate: Sunday, 31 January 2016

    Time: From 4pm wet, windy, snowing, or fine, cover is provided

    Venue: Derek’s place. Check your email from Robin in January for address

    Charge: This is a No Charge event, but it is BYO wine. We ask members and guests to contribute by providing a salad (even number houses) or dessert (odd number houses) sufficient for about 10 people.

     

  • Wed
    03
    Feb
    2016
    Sun
    14
    Feb
    2016

    The Wine Project comes to Wellington's Circa Theatre

    Java Dance Theatre

    Choreographed by Sacha Copland

    With live music by Tristan Carter and Charley Davenport

    The Wine Project invites you into a world of intrigue and aroma, of ritual and revelry, of sex and power.

    Checkout Cira for tickets.

  • Wed
    10
    Feb
    2016

    Tasting - Artisan Winegrowers of Central Otago

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

     Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 – Directions.

    Cost: Members $12, Guests $16

    Presenter: Roberta Manell Montero, Errero

    We will be tasting up to 10 wines but will reduce the quantity of each pour to take account. This should be an opportunity to explore a unique outlook on wine production. Come along and enjoy the night.

    Points of note - Artisan Winegrowers of Central Otago

    • One hundred and thirty-three years of winegrowing experience
    • Eighteen different wines
    • Twenty-six hectares of vines
    • Twelve footprints in the vineyard
    • Six artisan winegrowers
    • One uncompromising commitment: Quality and integrity, above all else.

    About

    The Artisan Winegrowers of Central Otago (AWCO) is a modest group of like-minded friends who share a common interest and devotion to small batch, high-quality viticulture and winemaking that speak of a place and a person.

    It’s as much a story about the land, the aspect, the soil, the geology and the climate as it is the personality of the grower, their statutes, the decisions they make and the little part of them that finds a home in every bottle of wine.

    These are one-man-bands; individuals or couples who you will find in the vineyard each morning, at the winery during the afternoon and fussing over paperwork and sales of an evening.

    The crossover between passion and obsession is a fine line; a tightrope that each member playfully strides passionately along.

  • Wed
    17
    Feb
    2016

    Cellar Club committee meeting

    7:30 - 10:00 pm

    If you have anything you wish the committee discuss on your behalf, please contact the committee who will gladly help you out.

  • Wed
    09
    Mar
    2016

    Tasting - Wines of Argentina

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 – Directions.

    Cost: Members $12, Guests $16

    Presenter: Josefina Telleria

    “From humble beginnings and a passion for everything the Argentine wine and food culture has to offer, South2South has now become a company with a clear mission to provide Kiwis with an opportunity to enjoy the unique flavours and memorable experiences Argentine wines bring to the palate. Our vision is to become New Zealand’s premier Argentine fine wine importer.”

    Chris Emmett and Josefina Telleria form South2South. Chris is a kiwi who has been converted to wine through his association with the wines of Argentina. Josefina was born and raised in Argentina and is the Argentine connection. She has a strong family connection to vines and wines in and around Mendoza. They are keen to introduce us to their passion for wines from the region.

    Let’s enjoy. The wines on the night will be:

    • Introductory - La Consulta Reserva Torrontes or La Consulta Reserva Malbec
    • 2013 Montechez Reserva Chardonnay
    • 2013 Alta Vista Premium Torrontes
    • 2014 Serbal Malbec Rose
    • 2013 La Celia Pioneer Malbec
    • 2012 Montechez Reserva Malbec
    • 2012 Montechez Limited Edition Cabernet Franc


    Don’t miss this one, it will be fun.

     

  • Wed
    16
    Mar
    2016

    Cellar Club committee meeting

    7:30 - 10:00 pm

    If you have anything you wish the committee discuss on your behalf, please contact the committee who will gladly help you out.

  • Wed
    13
    Apr
    2016

    Tasting - Pegasus Bay, Waipara Valley

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 – Directions.

    Cost: Members $14, Guests $18

    Presenter: Ed Donaldson, Marketing Manager

    Wines: 

    • 2013 Pegasus Bay Sauvignon/Semillon
    • 2014 Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Riesling
    • 2014 Pegasus Bay Riesling
    • 2014 Main Divide Chardonnay
    • 2012 Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir
    • 2012 Pegasus Bay Merlot/Cabernet
    • 2011 Pegasus Bay Finale


    PegasusBay1“If a wine critic was not passionate about any of Pegasus Bay’s wine they should seriously consider a change in career” - NZ Wine Country

    The Donaldson family have been seriously involved in wine since the early 1970’s and were pioneers of local grape growing and wine making.

    Associate Professor and Consultant Neurologist, Ivan Donaldson is a wine writer and wine judge and has recently been awarded an Order of Merit for his contribution to Neurology. He also oversees viticulture and wine styles while his wife Christine directs most of her energy on maintaining the winery’s extensive grounds. She is also a lover of opera and the arts and is heavily involved in the local Opera scene for many years. Christine has organised many
    concerts at the winery’s natural amphitheatre and a reserve range of wines dedicated to Christine’s passion for opera.

    PegasusBayFamilyTheir eldest son, Matthew is the winemaker and graduated with an oenology degree and a postgraduate diploma in viticulture at Roseworthy College in Australia. He has worked many vintages in other parts of the world, with a particular focus on Burgundy. 2012 marked Matthew’s 20th vintage at Pegasus Bay. 

    Another son, Edward is Marketing Manager, who spends much of his time trotting the globe and promoting his family’s wines to the more than 25 countries where Pegasus Bay is distributed, his wife Belinda directs the winery’s multi award winning restaurant. The youngest son Paul, who has an MBA, is the winery’s General Manager.

    Pegasus Bay is an entirely family-owned and operated enterprise.

  • Wed
    20
    Apr
    2016

    Cellar Club committee meeting

    7:30 - 10:00 pm

    If you have anything you wish the committee discuss on your behalf, please contact the committee who will gladly help you out.

  • Wed
    11
    May
    2016

    AGM

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    agmVenue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 – Directions

    Cost: None

    Details: 

    Notice of Annual General Meeting to be held at The Johnsonville Community Centre, Directions

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, commencing at 8pm

    Agenda

    1. Apologies
    2. Confirmation of the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting for the year 2014/15 held on Wednesday, 13th May 2015
    3. Matters Arising
    4. Financial Report for the Year 2015/16
    5. Membership Report for the Year 2015/16
    6. President’s Report for the Year 2015/16
    7. Notices of Motion
    8. Election of Officers and Committee for the year 2016/17:
      • President
      • Vice President
      • Secretary
      • Treasurer
      • Committee
    9. Subscriptions
    10. General Business

     

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    At the conclusion of the AGM, supper will be served, accompanied by wines from the Club’s cellar

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  • Wed
    18
    May
    2016

    Cellar Club committee meeting

    7:30 - 10:00 pm

    If you have anything you wish the committee discuss on your behalf, please contact the committee who will gladly help you out.

  • Fri
    20
    May
    2016
    Sat
    21
    May
    2016

    Winetopia – the Greatest Celebration of New Zealand Wine

    2016-03-4-56d967a21ca5eVenue: Auckland's Shed 10 - Directions.

    Cost: The first Ridiculously Good Value Tickets go on sale Monday 14th March. These are $20, including five tastings + a wine glass. After the first limited ticket release is snatched up, tickets will be $30.

    Event time: Friday 20 May - 5pm - 8.30pm, Saturday 21 May - 12pm - 3.30pm, Saturday 21 May - 4.30pm - 8pm+

    700 New Zealand wineries can’t be wrong and this 20-21 May thousands of people will have the opportunity to dive in amongst some of our very best and search for their favourite drop.WINETOPIA presented by Singapore Airlines is an event where imaginations will run wild, personalities come alive and all the senses will be satiated. [...]

  • Sat
    21
    May
    2016
    Sun
    22
    May
    2016

    Wellington Food Show Great Deal

    10 am – 5 pm

    Venue: Westpac Stadium, 105 Waterloo Quay, Wellington 6140 - Directions

    Wrights Vineyard & Winery

    Wellington Food Show, Here We Come

    Hi The Cellar Club

    We are hitting the road and taking our organic wines to Wellington Food Show this weekend. I leave my white gumboots and put on my city shoes, I can really relate to the hillbillies program now.

    We will be at site 22, with our distributor Hidden Terroir.If you are based in Wellington drop in and we will give you 25% off our wines at the show. We have a couple of our Five Star wines available for tasting including our delicious Wrights Late Harvest Semillon.

    For those that would like to take up this great offer - you can direct from our website. When you choose any individual wines from our web page www.wrightswines.co.nz you will receive 25% off. As you check out, click on coupon and enter 25 to get the discount.

    We have put together a great mixed case deal on our Natural Wine Co range for $180, where you will receive a mixed case freight free, which will consist of - Pinot Noir, Rose, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer. The 25% discount does not apply to the mixed case offer.

    These offers will expire by the end of the week. We have a great range of organic wines under our two ranges Wrights and Natural Wine Co – so enjoy!

    If you use YouTube – we have just added a new video on our winemaking process of making our Pinot Noir – check it out if interested – here is the link - https://www.youtube.com/c/WrightsVineyardWinery

    Geoff & Nicola Wright
    www.wrightswines.co.nz
    Home of Natural Wine Co
    info@wrightswines.co.nz (06) 862 5335, 027 656 8222

  • Wed
    08
    Jun
    2016

    Tasting - Foxes Island Wines

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 – Directions.

    Cost: Members $16, Guests $20

    Presenter: John Belsham, Founder

    Wines: 

    • 2014 FOX Sauvignon Blanc
    • 2011 Foxes Island Dry Riesling
    • 2014 Foxes Island Sur Lie Aged Sauvignon Blanc (new release)
    • 2012 Foxes Island Icon La Lapine white
    • 2011 Foxes Island Chardonnay
    • 2014 FOX Pinot Noir
    • 2009 Foxes Island Pinot Noir

    History

    John Belsham founded Foxes Island in 1992 to focus on exquisitely made, regionally expressive wines; exactly what he had learned to do in France. He initially made the wines for Foxes Island from his Rapaura vineyard on the Wairau plains and produced the very first Foxes Island wine: Chardonnay, vintage 1992.

    In search of a Pinot Noir site, Belsham identified the overgrown and neglected 20-hectare Awatere property in 1998 and envisaged the Belsham Awatere estate. With seven distinct terraces and exceptional soil profiles, the land was planted primarily to Pinot Noir along with select blocks dedicated to Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.

    24 years on, Belsham’s passion for producing exceptional wines has yet to wane; limited in production and genuinely hand crafted, all the wines hold pride of place at the Fox House.

  • Thu
    16
    Jun
    2016

    Cellar Club committee meeting

    7:30 - 10:00 pm

    If you have anything you wish the committee discuss on your behalf, please contact the committee who will gladly help you out.

  • Sat
    09
    Jul
    2016

    Game of Rhones

    1pm – 6pm

    Venue: Chaffers Dock, 1 Herd St, Wellington, Directions.

    Cost: General Admission Ticket $60.00     ROYAL PASS $85.00*
    These limited tickets give you exclusive pre-event access from 11am - 1pm, access to additional wines, food voucher & Rhone Bar tasting.

    WTF IS GAME OF RHONES?

    THE celebration of the great grape varieties of the Rhone Valley. Think Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Viognier, Marsanne and more all from some of the best wine producers in Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

    This combative celebration sees country versus country, regions vs region and producer vs producer with you, the people, deciding if there is one wine to rule them all.

    With over 100 wines on tasting, the range of styles, characters and diversity will be an all out assault on the senses.

    Yes, there will be something there for everyone.

    We’ve amassed a posse of brilliant producers from all corners of Australia as well some across the narrow Tasman sea that is wild land of New Zealand. There will also be wines from ‘Beyond the Wall’ the RHONE BAR.

    TICKETS ARE $60

    Tickets are $60 each and include an EPIC PLUMM VINTAGE RED a wine glass (valued at $35), not to mention the tasting experience with over 100 wines. Let’s repeat that: a tasting experience with over 100 wines.

    DRESS CODE?

    We’re going with casual. Unless you’re in a fancy dress – let’s just say if you come as your favourite character, we won’t be offended…

    FOOD?

    Your thirst will be quenched though a hearty feed will be in order and we’ll have hearty fare on offer to relieve your hunger pains. And by food, we mean MEAT broken down for your carnivorous pleasure.

    (Unless of course you’re vegetarian and in that case, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered)

    WINES

    With over 100 wines on tasting, the range of styles, characters and diversity will be an all-out assault on the senses.

    Yes, there will be something there for everyone.

    We’ve amassed a posse of brilliant producers from all corners of Australia as well some across the narrow Tasman sea that is wild land of New Zealand.

    There will also be wines from ‘Beyond the Wall’ the RHONE BAR. Yes there will be.

    Wellington be warned, this event sells out quickly so grab your tickets and step into our kingdom.

  • Wed
    13
    Jul
    2016

    Dinner @ Logan Brown

    7:00 - 10:30 pm

    Venue: Logan Brown, 192 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington, directions.

    Cost: Members $65 Guests $75

    Wellington's outstanding fine dining without pretension

    Beef fillet on mash & onion ringsThis year’s mid-year dinner is at Logan Brown in Cuba Street, This, as most of you know, is a seriously good restaurant and therefore comes at a cost. In order to mitigate that cost and make it more affordable, we have had to restrict the menu options and remove the tea and coffee from the inclusive price, although that still includes bread, sides and corkage.

    Tea and coffee will still be available but you will need pay for those when you order. You also need to be aware that this venue does have some historical features that make it highly unlikely that tables can be grouped together in a manner that allows for some of the larger seating requirements that have been requested in the past. So please be prepared for this. We will update you all closer to the date should that change.

    Arrival time is 7pm for seating and orders at 7:30pm. See you there.

    Menu

    Entree

    Ōra King Salmon Gravlax, Beetroot Skordalia, Crisp Eggplant & Watercress
    Paua Ravioli, Basil, Coriander & Lime Beurre Blanc

    Main

    Crisp Skin Gurnard, Roasted Cauliflower, Preserved Eggplant & Almond Beurre Noisette
    21 Day Aged Beef Fillet, Parsnip Puree, Smoked Onion Rings & Horseradish Butter
    Shiitake Mushroom Risotto, Pea, Parmesan & Truffle Cream

    Sides

    Roasted Portobello Mushrooms, Aged Balsamic
    Skinny Fries, Truffle, Parmesan
    Broccolini & Sweet Soy & Ginger Butter

    Dessert

    Caramelised Apple Frangipane, Cinnamon Ice Cream, Candied Almonds & Calvados Syrup
    Cwmglyn Jersey Cheddar 'Holly', Pear Paste & Oat Wafers

    Bread, corkage included, Tea and Coffee are not

    Logan Brown is proud to be a Gold Certified Enviromark partner, and use only ethically grown, harvested & farmed produce.

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  • Wed
    20
    Jul
    2016

    Cellar Club committee meeting

    7:30 - 10:00 pm

    If you have anything you wish the committee discuss on your behalf, please contact the committee who will gladly help you out.

  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016

    Tasting - Elderton Wines

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    condolences-dinner-elderton-wines577e19462ed7cVenue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 – Directions.

    Cost: Members $12, Guests $16

    Presenter: Keith Tibble, Eurovintage

    Elderton have some of the oldest wines in the Barossa and seeing what age can do to well-made Aussie reds is, I’m sure, going to provide us with some delightful surprises. Presenter for this evening will be Keith Tibble, a long-time friend of the club, and he will begin the tasting with a couple of Barossa whites to appease those club members who have a preference for those styles of wine. 

    A short history - after time spent working in Saudi Arabia, Neil and Lorraine Ashmead, moved to the Barossa in 1979, after Lorraine’s father identified a beautiful home with potential. The homestead, in the heart of the township of Nuriootpa, was surrounded by extremely old Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. At a time where demand for Australian table wine was negligible, the vineyard had become derelict. After years of no interest, the real estate agent eventually offered the Ashmeads the 72-acre vineyard as a bonus, as part of the sale of the homestead. Three years later, after restoring the vineyard, Elderton Wines was born. 

    The wines on the evening will include but will not necessarily be restricted to:

    • 2015 Serafino Fiano - McLaren Vale
    • 2015 Pikes Tradition Riesling - Clare Valley
    • Elderton E Series Shiraz-Cabernet - Barossa
    • 2014 Elderton Altitude Cabernet Sauvignon - Eden Valley
    • 2013 Elderton Greenock Two Shiraz-Grenache-Mourvèdre (Dry grown old vine western Barossa)
    • 2013 Elderton GTS (Grand Tourer) Shiraz – (dry grown/old vine home block valley floor Nuriootpa)

     

  • Wed
    17
    Aug
    2016

    Cellar Club committee meeting

    7:30 - 10:00 pm

    If you have anything you wish the committee discuss on your behalf, please contact the committee who will gladly help you out.

  • Wed
    14
    Sep
    2016

    Tasting - Squawking Magpie

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    squawking-magpieVenue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 – Directions.

    Entry fee: Members $12, Guests $16

    Presenter: Gavin Yortt, Owner/Director

    2016 PINK Rose
    2015 The Chatterer Chardonnay
    2015 Counting Crows Chardonnay
    2014 The Chatterer Syrah
    2014 The Gravels Syrah
    2013 The Nest Merlot
    2013 Stoned Crow Syrah

    The Gimblett Road area of Hawke's Bay is synonymous with the production of world-renowned wines. From these much-celebrated shingle soils, hails the region's most exciting boutique label: Squawking Magpie.

    The "cradle of quality" for Squawking Magpie is the Woodlands Vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels area, the first 4 hectares of which were planted in 1995. In 2002, a new 20-hectare vineyard was developed as a joint venture and planted predominantly in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.

    From the very first plantings, an emphasis has been placed on creating outstanding wines by focusing on viticultural excellence. Owner and director Gavin Yortt and his team hold the firm belief that great wine comes from great grapes.

    And the proof is certainly there to be tasted: Squawking Magpie wines exhibit all the elegance and finesse of a unique terroir and stand testament to the superiority of single vineyard estate management and production.

     

  • Fri
    16
    Sep
    2016
    Sat
    17
    Sep
    2016

    Hawke's Bay Wine Celebration

    12 pm - 8 pm

    hawkes-bay-wine-celebrationGet in quick we would like to offer you a special Early Bird Rate on ticket sales $45. 

    Enter promo code EARLYBIRD when purchasing tickets on eventfinda.co.nz to receive this discount. 

    Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers invite you to join them for this extremely special gathering with hundreds of Hawke’s Bay’s greatest wineries and experts together in one room for wine lovers to meet and sample products while soaking up the atmosphere. 

    Enjoy an evening speaking with inspirational winemakers and experts while tasting many exquisite Hawke’s Bay wines, including many 2015 releases – a night not to be missed! 

    After 12 years of running 'Hot Red Hawke's Bay' the largest Hawke's Bay wine showcase, we are delighted to announce the inaugural Hawke’s Bay Wine Celebration! We will be introducing new look theming and style for both events, we will continue with the concept of guests wandering around the room meeting winemakers and experts who will present their wines, however, this year we plan to make things a little more exciting, there will be other layers to the event including a Hawke’s Bay Speakeasy, the option to upgrade tickets to include wine masterclasses and also a seated area guests can Sip & Savour.

    This is an exceptional occasion that very few will ever get to experience, many great wineries together in one room. Abbey Cellars, Alpha Domus, Ant Mackenzie Wines, Askerne Winery, Babich Wines (Auckland only), Beach House Wines, Black Barn, Church Road Winery, Clearview Estate Vineyard, Collaboration Wines (Wellington only), Craggy Range, Crossroads Winery, Cypress Wines, Easthope Family Winegrowers, Elephant Hill, Esk Valley, Linden Estate Winery, Mills Reef, Mission Estate Winery, Monowai Estate Ltd, Ngatarawa Wines, Paritua Wines, Pask Winery, Rod McDonald Wines, Sacred Hill, Squawking Magpie Wines, Stonecroft (Auckland only), Supernatural wine co (Auckland only), Te Awa Estate, Te Mata, The Wine Portfolio, Trinity Hill, Unison Vineyard, Vidal Estate, Villa Maria Estate.

    Event will be held:
    Wellington - Chaffers Dock Function Centre/ Social Cooking
    Trade session: Friday, 16th September
    Consumer sessions: Saturday, 17th September

    Auckland - Shed 10
    Trade session: Friday, 23rd September
    Consumer sessions: Saturday, 24th September

    Purchase tickets at eventfinda.co.nz keyword search 'Hawke's Bay Wine' tickets include all wine tastings and 2 bites to eat.   Use promo code EARLYBIRD to receive tickets at $45!!

    To follow updates: 
    Like ‘Hawkes Bay Wine’ 
    Follow ‘@HawkesBay_Wine' #hawkesbaywine
    Visit hawkesbaywine.co.nz

     

  • Wed
    21
    Sep
    2016

    Cellar Club committee meeting

    7:30 - 10:00 pm

    If you have anything you wish the committee discuss on your behalf, please contact the committee who will gladly help you out.

  • Wed
    12
    Oct
    2016

    Tasting - Hunter's

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 – Directions.

    Entry fee: Members $12, Guests $16

    Presenter: Jane Hunter

    Those of us who have the luxury (if you could call it such) to watch Paul Henry in the mornings will know that he has an occasional session on wines with Yvonne Lorkin. Yvonne is involved in many activities relating to the wine industry including some writing for the NZ Herald.  In an item last June she described the Hunters Riesling 2014 as follows

    "It's easy to become a Riesling recruit without sending your wallet sideways. You'll find yourself ticking boxes all over the show. Green apple, check. Lime, check. Lemon verbena, check. Raindrops on hot rocks, check. Long, lean, stylish and elegant, if there were such a thing as Riesling royalty in Marlborough, Hunter's household would be the full polo team. Sniff, sip, savour."

    The 2014 is not in our tasting come Wednesday, but the 2012 is.  Clearly, it will have benefitted from time in the bottle.  We are looking forward to the evening and anticipating a great turnout from members.  The presentation will include:

    2016 Hunter's Pinot Gris
    2012 Hunter's Riesling
    2015 Hunter's Chardonnay
    2016 Hunter's Sauvignon Blanc
    2016 Hunter's Rose
    2014 Hunter's Pinot Noir
    2014 Hunter's Hukapapa Dessert Riesling 

    Hunter’s Wines have won more than 165 gold medals at national and international wine competitions, and we're still breaking new ground with new varietals, new wine-making techniques and consistently seeking the best for our wines.Still family-owned, we're nurturing the next generation of Hunter's winemakers ensuring we'll be around for years to come.

    Through Jane’s strong determination, together with the talents of Chief Winemaker Gary Duke and General Manager Peter Macdonald Hunter's original vineyard area has increased by 2.5 times its original size and the company’s annual output has grown to around 75,000 cases of wine, nearly 80% of which is exported.

  • Wed
    19
    Oct
    2016

    Cellar Club committee meeting

    7:30 - 10:00 pm

    If you have anything you wish the committee discuss on your behalf, please contact the committee who will gladly help you out.

  • Sun
    23
    Oct
    2016
  • Wed
    09
    Nov
    2016

    Tasting - Cangrande - Italy's finest

    7:45 - 9:45 pm
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    Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 – Directions.

    Entry fee: Members $16 Guests $20

    Details: Back by popular request, Michele will present a fantastic line-up of some of Italy's best exports with a few surprises.

    • Marconi - Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi DOC
    • Le Marchesine - Franciacorta Brut DOCG
    • Le Marchesine - Franciacorta Satén Brut DOCG
    • Bortolomiol - Filanda Rosé Prosecco
    • Beer - Mastino Altaluna
    • CignoMoro - Primitivo di Manduria DOC
    • Donnafugata - Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé

     

    Michele opens his new wine shop 'il Doge' 12 November from 2pm. Add this date to your calendar.

    In case you missed it, Alex Polizzi's Secret Island visited Donnafugata on the Island of Pantelleria and talks about the Ben Ryé.

    Related news

          Glancing Back – Aug 2014 – Cangrande
          A Taste of Italy with Cangrande

  • Sat
    12
    Nov
    2016

    Air New Zealand Wine Awards - Trophy winners revealed

    Non-club event

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    Awards Dinner Details

    The 2016 Air New Zealand Wine Awards Dinner will be held at Viaduct Events Centre on Saturday 12 November.

    Winery Tickets

    The Awards Dinner is open to New Zealand wineries who can purchase tickets from New Zealand Winegrowers. Please email Lorraine Rudelj.

    Corporate Tickets

    If you are interested in purchasing a Corporate Table at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards please email Angela Willis.

    Please note the Air New Zealand Wine Awards Awards Dinner is not open to the public.

  • Sun
    13
    Nov
    2016

    Budburst: Natural Wine & Food Festival

    Non-club event

    Budburst is New Zealand's first Natural Wine & Food Festival, we aim to bring together everyday consumers in a friendly and festive environment where they can try unique wines that challenge the status quo and celebrate transparency, sustainability and quality. This one-day event will bring together NZ wine producers who are pushing boundaries and some international winemakers who share the same sentiment of keeping intervention at a minimum.

    While many wine events in New Zealand are geared towards the wine professional, Budburst is also designed for the consumer. We're building an event where you can come to have fun, discover something new, meet the people who make these wines, eat great food and listen to live music. budburst.nz

  • Wed
    16
    Nov
    2016

    Cellar Club committee meeting

    7:30 - 10:00 pm

    If you have anything you wish the committee discuss on your behalf, please contact the committee who will gladly help you out.

  • Wed
    14
    Dec
    2016

    Xmas dinner - MUSE

    7:00 pm

    Venue: 56 Victoria Street, Wellington - Directions

    Entry fee: Members & Guests $65.00

    Menu:

    TO START

    Selection of cured meats, hams and cheeses, etc.

    A selection of cured meats, hams, cheeses, pickles, chicken liver pate, house piccalilli, short rib croquettes, mustards, beef tartar, warmed sourdough.

    CARVERY AT THE TABLE

    Pure Angus rump cap, served with a selection of sauces and truffled roasties

    Grilled salmon with caper and lemon butter, served with baby roquette and pear salad

    Milk braised free-range pork shoulder, crackling, apple sauce and roasted carrots

    DESSERTS (TO SHARE)

    Chocolate profiteroles

    Mini Christmas cake

    Chocolate truffles

    Iced Baileys milkshakes

     

    We can cater for any dietary or allergy requirements.

  • Wed
    21
    Dec
    2016

    Cellar Club committee meeting

    7:30 - 10:00 pm

    If you have anything you wish the committee discuss on your behalf, please contact the committee who will gladly help you out.

Drinking and driving

Members will be aware of the lowering of drink/drive limits from December 2014. If unsure read the Land Transport Amendment Act (no 2) 2014. We ask members to be conscious of these limits.

For those driving, water and some food are provided or think about a designated driver, taxi, uber or dial-a-driver to get you home safely.

Wine bottle screw caps

Save and bring them to the next monthly meeting.

Anne is collecting them to give to the Lions organised Kidney Kids support group.

No food lids or beer tops, please.