Hop on your bicycle and join us for a fantastic Tour of France Tasting. Well, close enough... less tiring for sure. We will be pouring 8 wines from different French regions with our favourite French host, Will from Maison Vauron.
Some timeless classics like Champagne and Bordeaux, but also some gorgeous less known wines added to the mix to give you a full picture of what France has to offer. Hopefully you will learn a thing or two (if you do our job right...).
The canapes served on the night will have a strong french influence. Yum!
Join us and Jason Stent from Paritua for a real treat of a tasting!
Paritua is a Hawke’s Bay label that is making its mark on the fine wine scene. Established in 2001, it was acquired by a group of New Zealand Chinese business people in 2011 who have enabled the further growth of the wine in market reach and quality. With 53 ha of vines and a modern winery (and a cellar door to be opened soon) on Maraekakaho Road in the Bridge Pa district, the focus is on Bordeaux-varietal reds. However, Syrah and Chardonnay are also performing very well for chief winemaker Jason Stent, since 2010.
Next Wednesday at Point Wines, we welcome back Ben Glover, winemaker at Zephyr wines.
Zephyr is the brand of Glover Family Vineyards, the wine venture of Ben's parents, Owen and Wendy Glover who established the vineyards in the Dillons Point sub-region in Marlborough in 1985.
Up until 2007 all the grapes were going into some of Marlborough's top labels but Ben had always dreamed of making his own wine, and so in 2007 the Zephyr wines were born with a focus on delicious and vibrant aromatics (perfect on a hot summer day! Yum!).
You may not have heard of Zephyr before, or only in the mechanic sense (great little car the Ford Zephyr, am I right?), however Ben Glover has quite an impressive wine CV.
He is one of the most talented and respected winemakers in the country with a deep love and understanding of Marlborough, where he was born and bred.
Ben until recently was Group Winemaker for Accolade New Zealand, prior to that Chief Winemaker and Director of Winemaking for internationally acclaimed brands such as Mud House, Wither Hills, Lindauer, Huntaway and Corbans. He also held the prestigious role of Chairman for world renown Wellington Pinot Noir 2017 conference, the world's largest and most prestigious Pinot Noir event held every four years. He is also a national and international wine judge with a ridiculous amount of awards under his belt. He spent several years following the harvests around the world always coming back home where his heart has always been. He believes in the 'sense of place', terroir or 'turangawaewae' as he likes to call it.
His wines are pure elegance, with great purity and texture. A class act! And you wouldn't expect less from someone with such pedigree and over 25 years of experience. They are also on the verge on being certified organic!
He is also as the French say a 'bon vivant' who loves sharing not only his wines but also knowledge and stories. A perfect combination for an entertaining and educational tasting.