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.
Join us for our Auntsfield Tasting and its 150 year old wine history!
The relationship of Ben with the land and Luc with the wine is very special! We had the chance to realise that a few months ago when we went down to their Estate to meet them and visit their beautiful site (ok we also tried a few wines...). It’s as authentic as winemaking gets.
On the night, we will be showing their Single Vineyard wines, but also their very special Single Blocks and the exceptional Heritage Pinot Noir 2013, which contains a very small portion of David Herd’s 1905 wine!! Hats off to them!
The kitchen will be cooking up some delicious canapes to match.
Next Thursday, we have the pleasure to welcome Keith Barker, The Landing's vineyard manager in the Bay Of Islands. Haven't heard of it? It is the destination Barack Obama chose to stay at during his visit to Auckland. I mean if it is good enough for the former US President...
The site is basically gifted with some of the best grape-growing land in New Zealand's Northland region, believed to be where the NZ wine history began in 1819 when Reverend Samuel Marsden started planted vines. The Landing vineyard was founded in 2007 covering 9 hectares on a north facing slope overlooking Wairoa Bay. Pretty special place and incredible site! As a result, the wines hold flavours and levels of complexity like nowhere else.
The Landing Wines currently produce Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Rose. Plantings have expanded over recent years to include Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The Chardonnay and Syrah wines have impressed critics since the very beginning, amassing awards from all over New Zealand.
On the 14th of August, we welcome back Hubert Lauriot-Prevost who is going to take us on an intriguing journey through the vineyards and villages of Northern Italy.
Italy produces some of the best wines in the world, no question! At the moment, there are about 350 official Italian wine varieties spread out over the 20 wine regions with rumors that over 2,000 different Italian grapes actually exist.
So, needless to say that it can get a little confusing at times but lovers of fine Italian wine all agree, well worth it.
For this tasting we are focusing on the Northern part of the country, home to two of the most expensive and adored red wines to come out of Italy, Amaroneand Barolo. Together with these amazing wines we will be looking at benchmark examples of Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Valpolicella Ripasso and a couple of other unique but incredibly delicious wines!
The kitchen are already trialing some Italian influenced dishes which we will matched with the wines on the night. It promises to be a very special evening and one not to be missed.
We are welcoming for the 1st time, Chris Canning from Hay Paddock Waiheke Island.
If you are into big delicious reds then this tasting is one not to be missed!
The Hay Paddock vineyard on Waiheke Island was established by Chris Canning in 2003 after he had identified the terroir as perfectly suited to growing Syrah and Bordeaux grapes. Immediately, medals and trophys started flowing, not only nationally but also internationally, putting Waiheke Island on the map for producing world class Super Red. Here are some of their achievements to name a few: 'Best of the Best' NZ Wine of the Year, IWSC Trophy for Best International Shiraz/Syrah, International Wine Challenge Gold and Best in Class, Gold Medal Australian Boutique Winemakers Awards, Double Gold China Awards and many more.
They believe fine wine takes time (and so do we), that's why they age their red wines before releasing them. So when you come to drink them, they're ready to be enjoyed at leisure. Specialising in the production of small volume handmade wines of the highest quality, with a commitment to ageing and refusal to supply supermarkets, is not the most profitable approach but it is the promise of something really special and this is what matters to them!
They are also now producing two immediately appealing delicious wines from Gisborne and Hawke's Bay to quench eager wine drinkers. Thank you for that!
Here is the top notch line-up:
*Hay Paddock 2010 Syrah
*Hay Paddock 2010 Syrah Row 104
*Hay Paddock 2013 Syrah
*Hay Paddock Novelist Syrah 2013
*Hay Paddock Pitchfork Red Blend Hawke's Bay 2016
*Hay Paddock Gypsy Rose 2017
*Hay Paddock Gisborne Chardonnay 2015
2 bottles of the very sought-after Hay Paddock Syrah 2013 will be given away on the night!
Join us for our first Whisky & Beer Tasting, a famous combination/cocktail known as a Boilermaker.
It originated from the States in the 19th century and consists of one shot of whiskey and one beer. It was originally consumed by blue collar workers at the end of a long shift, which is why it’s now become the shift drink of choice among bartenders. It is believed the drink takes its name from the workers who built and maintained steam locomotives in the 1800s. These workers were known to head to the bar at the end of the shift, and a shot of whiskey with a beer became a staple for quickly easing the pain that came from a hard day of back-breaking labor. As it was the drink consumed by boilermakers, it took on the name as well.
While it started as the simplest of drinks designed to indulge oneself in pure drinking, it is now seen as an exciting and complex cocktail with unlimited pairing possible.
We are pleased to welcome two very interesting personalities on the night who will be at the core of the tasting: Hancocks Brand Ambassador and Deep Creek co-owner Scott Taylor. You will have the chance to try on the night 6 top-notch whiskys paired with 6 delicious Deep Creek beers.
A yummy platter will be available to nibble on during the night.