Glass Appreciation Workshop

Everyone appreciates a good glass of wine, but the art of wine tasting is not an easy task.

The role of the wine glass is tremendously important as the vehicle that enhances the characteristics of the wine.

Join Yvonne Lorkin as we explore how your glass choice can influence the look, smell and taste of your wines.

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Wildcard Reds – local versions of foreign legends

This Masterclass aims to unpack some of the new, groovy and downright different red varietals being grown here in New Zealand.

In Yvonne’s masterclass, you can expect a smorgasbord of new and interesting reds being grown in New Zealand, making it easier for wine-lovers to break free from those merlots, cabernets and that sea of soupy shiraz. Yvonne will guide you through a selection of these new kids appearing on our shop shelves. Think St. Laurent, Montepulciano, Tempranillo, Carmenere, Chambourcin, Dolcetto, Grenache, Lagrein, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese – and you’re on the right track.

What’s hot in NZ wine.

Let Joelle Thomson take you on a journey through emerging trends in NZ Wine.

In this masterclass, you’ll explore amazing new wave fumé blancs, as well the Albarino — the most promising new grape to be planted and new wine style to be made in this country!

Plus, Joelle will guide you through some reasons that wines excel and others struggle to get foothold with Kiwi wine drinkers.

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Doing it Naturally: Wine as nature intended!

“Natural, living, raw, lo-fi”… all of these terms seem to mean different things to people. But here in NZ, as well as internationally, the ideas, practices, and philosophies behind minimal-intervention winemaking are making waves in new wine markets and having a huge impact on traditional wine consumers.

In this tasting Jules van Costello will take you through several examples of New Zealand and international natural wines and will look at where they came from, what to expect and the effect they are having on the wine world.