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  • Wed
    18
    Jan
    2017

    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
    29
    Jan
    2017

    Summer BBQ 2017

    4:00 - close

    barbeque-explosionDate: Sunday, 29 January 2017

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

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

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

     

  • Tue
    31
    Jan
    2017
    Thu
    02
    Feb
    2017

    Pinot Noir NZ 2017

    All day

    Non-club event

    2016-02-29-56d4c7076045bVenue: Multiple venues on the Wellington City Waterfront

    Cost: Full registration $1800.00, accompanying person registration $490.00

    Presenter: Details...

  • Wed
    08
    Feb
    2017

    Tasting - Rosé evening - Maison Vauron

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Directions

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

    Entry fee: Members $14, Guests $18

    Presenter: Will Brunel-Morvan, Trade Manager

    Based in Auckland, Maison Vauron is New Zealand's largest specialist in the fine wine and small domains of France, with hundreds of references in regions such as Burgundy, Bordeaux, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Champagne, Alsace, Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon, Rhone Valley, Beaujolais, Madiran, Savoie, Loire Valley, Cremant, Liqueurs and French beer. Will is proud to present the following wines:

    • 2015 Fazi Corsica Rosé
    • 2015 Embruns Sable de Camargue Rosé
    • 2015 Miradou Cotes de Provence Rosé
    • 2015 Château de Fesles Anjou Rosé
    • 2015 Prieuré de Montezargues Tavel
    Anne is showing off and has sent this photo of the contents of her fridge.


    To round off the presentation, we will have the chance to compare these French Rosés with a couple of New Zealand offerings.

    • The Hunters (Pinot based)
    • Hawkes Bay Estate (merlot)


    With summer “still” just around the corner, what a great opportunity to try some wines which make for really great drinking in the warmer weather.

    Anne is showing off and has sent this photo of the contents of her fridge. Now personally I might make an observation about the lack of food evident. However, what is it they say about wine being the nectar of the Gods. If bees can live on nectar, maybe humans can too. I think however that this might be a cry for help and what she would like is for lots of people to come to this month’s tasting of Rosé wines. We would all be doing her a favour by clearing room in the fridge so she can again store a few food items. (No No Anne, food items, not more Rosé)

  • Wed
    15
    Feb
    2017

    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
    08
    Mar
    2017

    Tasting - Ata Rangi

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Location: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 - Directions
    Entry fee: Members $14, Guests $18
    Presenter: Keith Tibble

     With just nine wines in their range, along with occasional releases of limited-volume offerings for mail order customers, they feel it's possible to stay 'hands-on' and to give both vines and wines the attention they deserve. In all their wines they aim for fine balance, with structures and textures that deliver far more satisfying, almost more savoury, mouth-filling experiences than wines that rely mainly on youth and 'pretty' aromatics.

    Clive Paton sampling
    Clive Paton sampling

    Ata Rangi produces two Pinots, the renowned Ata Rangi Pinot Noir and an earlier-drinking style called 'Crimson', named for the charitable conservation trust Project Crimson which sales help to support. Not in this tasting Célèbre is their very own 'Rhone-meets-Bordeaux', an enduringly popular Merlot/Syrah/Cabernet blend first produced in a lean-to shed in 1986!

    Two Chardonnays are included in the line-up; the silky, seamless, elegant Craighall from 28 year-old Mendoza clone vines, and the more vibrant, juicy, 'fully self-expressed' Petrie Chardonnay from a stony block 30 km north. This site has a slightly cooler run, reflected in the wine's fine minerality.

    On the aromatic side, a deliciously complex Sauvignon Blanc delivers riper flavours and more textural interest than the average Kiwi Sauvignon. The Lismore Pinot Gris is picked late in the season and crafted in a typically Alsatian style. The delightful Summer Rosé exudes fresh berry and watermelon crunch while, for those that prefer it, the pièce de résistance is our luscious botrytised Riesling named 'Kahu', Maori for the harrier hawk that roosts in the neighbouring vineyard of the same name.

    The offering on the night will include, come and enjoy;

    • 2016 Lismore Pinot Gris (Conversational wine)
    • 2015 Petrie Chardonnay
    • 2015 Craighall Chardonnay
    • 2015 Crimson Pinot Noir
    • 2014 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir
    • 2013 McCrone Pinot Noir
    • 2016 Kahu Botrytis Riesling
  • Wed
    15
    Mar
    2017

    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
    Apr
    2017

    Action-packed Trivia, Quiz & Wine

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 – Directions 
    Entry fee: Members $10, Guests $10
    Presenter: The Cellar Club Quiz Team

    I doubt that this will be the right answer to any of the questions but you are open to try?

    Something for everyone! Some interesting wines to taste, questions ranging from the obscure to the obvious (especially once you hear the answers) and plenty of frivolity along the way.

    There’ll also be a range of ways to score points – wine knowledge, general knowledge and sheer luck!

    It’ll be a friendly team competition – you can arrange your own or join other members to make up teams on the night. Your committee will ensure everyone who comes along is in a team. We suggest about six people per team, though it’ll depend on numbers on the night.

    We welcome your clever team names and will also have some names on hand in case inspiration deserts you. As always, guests are welcome so bring your friends along for a fun evening.

    Please bring your tasting glasses.

  • Wed
    19
    Apr
    2017

    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
    May
    2017

    AGM

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 - Directions
    Cost: $0.00

    Notice of Annual General Meeting to be held at
    The Johnsonville Community Centre, 
    Wednesday, 10 May 2017, commencing at 8 pm

    Agenda

    1. Apologies
    2. Confirmation of the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting for the year 2015/16 held on Wednesday, 11th May 2016
    3. Matters Arising
    4. Financial Report for the Year 2016/17
    5. Membership Report for the Year 2016/17
    6. President’s Report for the Year 2016/17
    7. Notices of Motion: Proposed Rules Changes

      Resolution 1
      That the existing rule 2[b] be amended to read:
      All monies received shall be banked in the name of the Club in a suitable bank account with a registered bank in New Zealand.
      Resolution 2
      That the existing rule 2[i] be replaced by:
      To invest, lend and deal with the moneys of the Club not immediately required upon Securities with at least an AA credit ranking as the Club may think fit. 
      Resolution 3
      That the existing rule 5 be replaced by:
      Signatories
      The Signatories of the Club's Bank Accounts shall be the Honorary Treasurer and a minimum of two other members of the Committee.  Electronic Payments to be authorised and Cheques to be signed by any two of the Signatories.

      Moved by Wayne Kennedy, Seconded by Richard Taylor

      Rationale for rule changes
      The change to rule 2[b] is simply to add clarity and provide security by stipulating that the bank account must be “with a registered bank in New Zealand”. 

      The other two changes are required because the current rules of the club make reference to the appointment of Trustees and with investing in Trustee Securities. This terminology implies the existence of a Trust Deed outlining the duties, office and powers of the trustees, as well as a set of processes around their appointment, retirement and removal. In fact, there is no Trust Deed for the club and the use of “Trustee” in our rules harks back to language and use which differs to that in vogue today. The above resolutions are intended to remove any confusion or misunderstanding that the previous terminology might cause.

    8. Election of Officers and Committee for the year 2017/18:
      • 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
    17
    May
    2017

    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
    Jun
    2017

    Tasting - Giesens/Peter Lehman

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

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

    Based at the top of the South Island, Giesen’s wines have developed a huge reputation for producing quality white wines such as riesling, gewürztraminer and chardonnay. To round out this presentation, as Giesen are the representatives for Peter Lehman of Australia, they will be offering two Shiraz’ for tasting. Up on the night will be:

    • Organic Sauvignon Bland (as the quaffer)
    • Giesen Rose (Hawke’s Bay Merlot based)
    • The Brothers Gewurtztraminer (Trophy Champion at 2017 Royal Easter Wine Show for the 2014 vintage)  
    • The Fuder Clayvin Chardonnay
    • The Brother Pinot Noir
    • Peter Lehman H&V Shiraz
    • Peter Lehman 8 Songs Shiraz

  • Wed
    21
    Jun
    2017

    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
    19
    Jul
    2017

    Mid year dinner - Bistro 52

    6:00 for 6:30 pm

    Keep the new date in your calendar.
     
    Venue: Wellington School of Hospitality campus at 52 Cuba Street, Wellington
    Entry fee: $52

    Wednesday the 19th July sees the club is returning to Bistro 52 on lower Cuba Street for its mid winter dinner, the menu for which was circulated earlier this month.

    Start time is slightly earlier at 6pm for a meal start of 6:30pm. You will be greeted at the door with a glass of French bubbles. Sadly not Champagne [sorry Odette and others] but I’m sure it will still provide a great start to a really enjoyable evening.

    Seating is such that the tables will only accommodate a maximum of 8 people. This will mean some of our larger groupings may need to split. This hasn’t been a problem in the past so hopefully that proves to be the case this time around as well. Please don’t try to join the tables together as this may impact the training that’s going on in the background. Given all this, we have made the decision not to have a formal seating plan.

    As I’ve just said, this is a training restaurant so something may well go wrong. If it happens, just let the restaurant manager know and allow him to set about getting your problem remedied.

    And a request. Please make sure you hand your wine to the waiting staff so that they can practice opening and pouring wine etc.

    This promises to be a great evening with 37 people attending. As always, it will be interesting to see what wines members bring to match their likely food choices.

    Note for the newer members who may be attending for the first time - our dinners are BYO and its customary to share your wine with others at your table.

    One last reminder to everyone, if you do wish to finish the evening with tea or coffee, that is not part of the cost so you’ll need to arrange and pay for that yourselves.

    Bon appetite

  • Wed
    26
    Jul
    2017

    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
    28
    Jul
    2017
    Sun
    30
    Jul
    2017

    Wild Irishman: Alan Brady - Then & Now @ Kinross Cottages

    Imagine sitting by the fire, enjoying world class wines matched with our seasonal trust the chef bistro menu, each wine's history and the story being told by the winemaker him or herself.  Winding down your evening in a natural outdoor hot tub surrounded by snow-capped mountains overlooking pinot noir vines in Gibbston, Queenstown finally returning to your own cottage in the vines.

    Kinross Cottages along with our wine partners is offering five winemakers weekends over the coming months.

    This includes 2 nights accommodation in a blissful studio cottage room (Friday & Saturday night - breakfast included)

    • Saturday 'Trust the Chef' evening- hosted & paired by one of our renowned wine partners
    • Free hot tub
    • Wine tasting session
    • Two unique interactive wine tasting sessions (45mins): Le Nez du Vin & The Perfect Pinot.

      $890 per couple, for the weekend.

    Limited spaces, book now.

    If you have any questions please feel free to call or email the team or call 0800 131 101.

  • Tue
    01
    Aug
    2017

    Barista Fundraiser for Skylight Trust

    10:00 - 2:00 pm

    On Tuesday 1st August, our Bistro52 Food and Beverage Service Students will be running a Barista Fundraiser to raise money for the Skylight Trust.

    $2 Coffees!!!

    $2 Espresso Coffees and Hot Chocolates will be available from 10.00am-2.00pm with $1 of each drink going directly to Skylight!

    So come and see us at the Latte Lab, Level 1, Weltec School of Hospitality, 52 Cuba Street, Wellington - Directions.

  • Wed
    09
    Aug
    2017

    Tasting - Seifrieds of Nelson

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 - Directions 
    Entry fee: Members $10, Guests $14
    Presenter: Anna Seifried and Wellington representative Sandra Collins

    Hermann and wife Agnes started the winery in Nelson in 1973 and it is now run by their 3 children.

    One of those siblings, Anna Seifried, will be presenting our tasting which will consist of 7 wines, culminating with the award winning Sweet Agnes Riesling.

    Organising of this tasting from one of NZ’s iconic and pioneering winemaking families is now complete. Wines for tasting include:

    • 2017 Old Coach Road Sauvignon Blanc (pre-release)
    • 2016 Seifried Nelson Gewürztraminer
    • 2016 Seifried Nelson Würzer
    • 2015 Seifried Winemakers Collection Barrique Fermented Chardonnay
    • 2015 Seifried Nelson Pinot Noir
    • 2014 Seifried Nelson Zweigelt
    • 2016 Seifried Winemakers Collection Sweet Agnes Riesling
  • Wed
    16
    Aug
    2017

    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
    18
    Aug
    2017
    Sun
    20
    Aug
    2017

    Valli: Grant Taylor - The diversity of Otago & its sub-regions @ Kinross Cottages

    Imagine sitting by the fire, enjoying world class wines matched with our seasonal trust the chef bistro menu, each wine's history and the story being told by the winemaker him or herself.  Winding down your evening in a natural outdoor hot tub surrounded by snow-capped mountains overlooking pinot noir vines in Gibbston, Queenstown finally returning to your own cottage in the vines.

    Kinross Cottages along with our wine partners is offering five winemakers weekends over the coming months.

    • This includes 2 nights accommodation in a blissful studio cottage room (Friday & Saturday night - breakfast included)
    • Saturday 'Trust the Chef' evening- hosted & paired by one of our renowned wine partners
    • Free hot tub
    • Wine tasting session
    • Two unique interactive wine tasting sessions (45mins): Le Nez du Vin & The Perfect Pinot.

      $890 per couple, for the weekend.

    Limited spaces, book now.

    If you have any questions please feel free to call or email the team or call 0800 131 101.

  • Wed
    13
    Sep
    2017

    Tasting - What age can do for wine?

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 - Directions 
    Entry fee: LIMITED MEMBER ONLY EVENT - Limited to the first 36 to reply to Robin's newsletter
    Presenter: Wayne Kennedy supported by John Saker

    This month’s tasting is truly different. We will be tasting some wines that have serious age on them. There is no guarantee of quality but I’m sure we will be surprised. And as part of the evening, Wayne will be explaining how we came by them. The wines include:

    • 1994 UK - Southacre Muller Thurgau & Madeleine Angevine
    • 1996 UK - St Annes Schonberger/Wurzer
    • 1974 McWilliams Napier Pinot Chardonnay
    • 1980 McWilliams Napier Pinot Chardonnay
    • 1990 McWilliams Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Chardonnay [Aus]
    • 1975 McWilliams Napier Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 1994 Leconfield Coonawara Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
    • 1986 Matua Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 1985 -95? Mystery Double Magnum/Jeroboam from Chris Pask

    Not everyone will get to taste the same wine as many of the bottles are singletons so as one side of the room tastes one, the other side of the room will taste another. And the highlight is sure to be the last one. A Bordeaux style red [we think] from one of the pioneers of the Gimblett Gravels, C J Pask. This wine is somewhere between 20 and 30 years old and its presentation in a large bottle dating back to 1893 offers its own intrigue.

    Adding to the fun, we have recruited noted wine writer John Saker to join us and to provide us with his expertise as both a wine writer and wine judge as we try to assess just how age has affected each of the wines. This night is very much a learning occasion that offers a lot of fun and enjoyment as we try to find the best-aged wine.

    But the limited number of bottles does mean that we will need to limit numbers to no more than 36 and so if you want to attend, please email me ASAP. Your attendance will be confirmed back and please, members only. 

    In keeping with the theme of the evening, the door raffle will be $2 a ticket and is for a bottle of 2002 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz from the club’s cellar. I’m told that on the internet, this wine is being offered for sale around $189 a bottle, so whoever wins this wine is going to be very pleased with him/herself.

    So don’t delay, email your attendance to Robin ASAP.

    HINT: Just go Reply to this email and say YES I want to attend.

  • Wed
    11
    Oct
    2017

    Tasting - Stonecroft

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 - Directions 
    Entry fee: Members $10, Guests $14
    Presenter: Andria Monin

    Wines to be tasted:

    • 2017 Rose
    • 2016 Viognier
    • 2016 Chardonnay
    • 2015 Serine Syrah
    • 2014 Ruhanui
    • 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 2016 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer
    Dermot McCollum, Andria Monin and Stanley

    Stonecroft is a small, family-owned winery making organic Gimblett Gravels wines in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. The owners are Dermot McCollum and Andria Monin, who live on the Roy’s Hill vineyard with their two children Emer and Oscar, plus Jasper the cat and Stanley the chocolate lab.

  • Wed
    08
    Nov
    2017

    Tasting - Spanish Fiesta

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 - Directions 
    Entry fee: Members $16, Guests $20
    Presenter: Keith Tibble with Brett Newell, Eurovintage

    As we speak Keith and Brett are scrabbling around in the Eurovintage cellars looking for some classic Spanish wines so we can enjoy a top class festive tasting this month.   We had great success with an Italian evening last year and we are confident that a suite of Spanish wines will go down every bit as well.  After all, the peoples of Spain celebrate Christmas with some fervor and know how to mix celebration and fine wine.  I can’t tell you what the wines will be as they haven’t emerged from the cellar, but they will be good.  They will be accompanied by some tasty tapas as listed below, and as would be the case in Spain, so come along and enjoy the evening.

    Robin

    Tapas

  • Wed
    13
    Dec
    2017

    End of year dinner – Cashmere Lounge

    7:00 - 10:00 pm

    Venue: 4 Cashmere Ave, Khandallah, Wellington, NZ - Directions
    Entry fee: Members & Guests $65

    You have to head to the suburbs to try one of Wellingtons best new restaurant/ wine bars. Set in an 85 year old brick building, Cashmere Lounge has done a wonderful job of capturing the character and enhancing the aesthetics of the original structure.

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.