Mid Year Dinner Bistro 107 Training Restaurant – July 2012

Bistro 107 showcases the training that is offered at the Weltec Centre for Hospitality and Tourism Professionals.

This dinner is an innovative experience for the club. The school is a non-profit organisation and the dinner is part of supporting the catering school and will help in the student’s learning and training.

From Bistro 107, students gain real work experience working in WelTec’s training kitchen alongside experienced tutors and front of house staff.

The school is working hard to present a menu that takes account of our interest in wine and they have made some suggestions for wine matches alongside their proposed menu.

More details to follow next month.

Yealands Tasting – Next Event, June 2012


Date: Wednesday13 June, 2012

Time: 7.45 for 8pm

Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall. How to get here.

Members: $10, Guests: $10

Presenter: Greg Forward, Regional Manager

For the evening Greg will be accompanied by Mitch Howard – Business Development Manager based in HB, and Melissa Carr – Business Development Manager based in Wgtn. We are hoping for a great turnout. Greg is only back in NZ for a day after six weeks in Europe so we very much appreciate his effort in presenting to the Club. We hope that members will respond by placing orders with Yealands, who we understand will be offering good discounted prices.

The wines to be presented include:

  • Peter Yealands Violet Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc (quaffer)
  • Peter Yealands Pinot Gris 2011
  • Yealands Estate Gruner Veltliner 2011
  • Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  • Peter Yealands Pinot Noir 2010
  • Peter Yealands Merlot 2011
  • Yealands Estate Tempranillo 2010

For those interested the Peter Yealands story has now become available in print.

With a career spanning 50 years, and across multiple industries, Peter Yealands could be described as one of New Zealand’s most successful entrepreneurs. The story of his life and business endeavours has been captured in a new book. A bloke for all seasons: The Peter Yealands Story is written by first-time Marlborough author Tom Percy.


Notice of AGM 2012

Date: Wednesday 9 May, 2012

Time: 8pm

Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall. How to get here.

Presenters: Your committee

No need to bring your tasting glasses.

Please give some thought to any proposals you might want to introduce for the meeting, and if you would like to make a nomination for anyone to represent the club on the committee. We are always eager for new ideas or different points of view.

Refer to the following pages:

Notice of AGM 2012

Minutes of AGM 2011

Life Membership Proposal 2012

Brown Brothers Tasting – Next event, April 2012


Date: Wednesday 11 April, 2012

Time: 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall. How to get here.

Presenter: Bernie Atkins, Central Representative

Members: $12, Guests: $16

Brown Brothers believe that wines are as different as the people who drink them which is why they have developed such a comprehensive range of wine styles and blends. Read on…

In 1885 John Francis Brown, aged 18, planted 10 acres of mostly Riesling, Muscat and Shiraz grapes on the Milawa property that the family had purchased in a land auction back in 1857. Located in the lower reaches of the King Valley in North East Victoria, the Milawa Vineyard is the birth place of the Brown Brothers company. The Milawa Vineyard has become the fruit source for renowned wines such as Patricia Noble Riesling, Shiraz Mondeuse & Cabernet and Dolcetto, and is the home to Brown Brothers’ winemaking facilities.

Brown Brothers believe that wines are as different as the people who drink them which is why they have developed such a comprehensive range of wine styles and blends. With vineyards located in a diverse range of climatic regions and a ‘kindergarten’ winery specifically designed for innovation, you can be sure there’s an exceptional Brown Brothers wine to suit every palate.

Bernie will be presenting the following wines from their extensive range:

Quaffer: Zibibbo Rosa – a low-alcohol sparkling pink wine.

  1. Prosecco
  2. Pinot Griggio (this will be a nice contrast to the Pinot Gris we have been tasting)
  3. Tempranillo
  4. Patricia Cabernet Sauvignon ( this will be the highlight of the evening)
  5. Dolcetto & Syrah
  6. Moscato
  7. Tawny Port

Let’s sit back and enjoy a presentation on wines produced by an iconic Australian wine producer.

Quote for the Month – Sept 2011

“You have only so many bottles in
your life, never drink a bad one.”

~ Len Evans

Len Evans was born in England 1930 of Welsh parents. He migrated to New Zealand in 1953, then to Australia in 1955. After various experiences, he became the first regular wine columnist in Australia (1962), he was the founding director of the Australian Wine Bureau (1965), and he wrote the first major encyclopedia of Australian Wine (1973). He was one of the first leaders to recognise that the future of Australian wine lay in table wines rather than in the sweet fortified wines in which the country then specialized. He died in August 2006.

Next Event – Sept 2011

Neudorf Vineyards Wednesday 14h September, 7.45 for 8 pm Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 3 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville Members: $16, Guests: $20 Presenter: Judy Finn

Judy Finn - Owner at Neudorf Vineyards.
Judy Finn – Owner at Neudorf Vineyards.

Do you need a respite from the Rugby World Cup 2011? Then this week’s tasting with Judy and her daughter will be the perfect tonic to do that. As most members know Neudorf vineyards is an iconic NZ vineyard that not only has been operating for over 33 years, but it has marked its progress with a string of international awards for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This week we will get to taste their new releases and decide whether we think that they measure up to the wines that were released last year to such critical acclaim. We will start with the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc when you arrive and the tasting proper will look at the following wines:

  • Brightwood Reisling 2010
  • Moutere Chardonnay 2010
  • Nelson Chardonnay 2010
  • Maggie’s Block Pinot Gris 2011
  • Moutere Pinot Noir 2009
  • Tom’s Block Pinot Noir 2009NeudorfI hope you share my sense of excitement at our good fortune to have Neudorf visit us this Wednesday. I look forward to seeing you there.

PS. One of the reasons for Neudorf’s success is their innovation and eagerness to try new things. And this flair for innovation extends to their website. Go to their home page and you can join their Twitter updates or click on a couple of web cams and view the activity in the vineyard.