Christmas Dinner 2011

jacksoncafebistro-logoPast event – Cellar Club’s Christmas Dinner

Wednesday 14 December, Arrive 7.30, seat at 8.00pm.

Jackson Cafe & Bistro, 306 Jackson Street, Petone

This is one really not to miss. New but not new if you catch my drift. Adam Lee from Adam’s, last visited by the Club in July 2009, has a new establishment in Petone with something for everyone on the menu.


  • Rosemary Chicken, smoked bacon & tomato creamed soup, served with freshly home baked bread
  • Char-grilled Cajun Chicken served on green salad with honey mustard mayonnaise
  • Smoked Salmon on vine ripened tomato salad, basil flavoured feta cheese, walnuts balsamic and olive oil reduction


  • 250gm Grain-Fed Aged Sirloin served on sautéed potatoes, bacon and onions with creamy red wine mushroom jus
  • Roast Pork Fillet served on honeyed bacon, kumara with apple purée and a port wine jus
  • Roast Turkey Fillet with cranberry and lime stuffing served on roast kumara, bacon and a cassis scented jus
  • Pan-Fried Fillet of Fish on bacon rosemary potatoes with a capper and lime beurre blanc


  • Bailey Double Chocolate Tart with chocolate ice cream and a bitter chocolate sauce – a must for choc lovers
  • Traditional Christmas Pudding with warm brandy anglaise sauce, served with cream and ice cream
  • Tea & Filtered Coffee.


$50.00 per head.


Remember bookings are a must. If you haven’t booked either reply to Wayne Kennedy’s email, sent Tue 22/11/2011, or contact Wayne with your details and payment details; I have already banked my $50 per person payment to the club’s bank account 06 0541 0056031 00 or sorry, but sadly I/we can’t make this dinner.

Glancing Back – Dec 2011

Bubbles with John Forrest

What a great night. Numbers were a little down on previous November Bubbles events, but those that attended were rewarded with a top class tasting.

We kicked off with some stills from the “Doctor” series. The purpose of this series is to create pleasant drinking wines with a
lower alcohol content. Something people can enjoy without being so concerned with the effect of the alcohol. Better health wise.

He then followed with three bubbles; Brigit, Doctors Remedy and Bubbles for Beth. All were pleasant, the Doctors remedy followed the lower alcohol theme, but the real surprise for most was the Bubbles for Beth. This was Syrah based and a red, but met with great approval. Members were more than pleasantly surprised that a bubbly based on Syrah was so enjoyable, a lovely drink to have over the festive season.


In the second half of the meeting we sampled a Duval-Leroy Fleur De Champagne, a Jean Marc Vigreux Frere, and a Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut NV. Brigit Forrest had arrived by this time and enjoyed the tasting with us. John provide comment on these wines.

A totally enjoyable evening was rounded off with a Forrest botrytis Riesling, accompanied by a rather lush fruit cake provided by Cecilia Parker.

Glancing Back – Nov 2011

The world in grapes – Malcolm McIntyre

waiterMalcolm is involved in wine distribution through Blackboard Wines. An enjoyable evening and some nice wines. The theme was to align the presentation with those countries in the World Cup that are recognized as wine producers. The link was not always clear but this did not stop those attending from enjoying an informative presentation and some nice wines.

The numbers attending the meeting were lower than usual and this was put down to a mixture of the rugby world cup, school holidays, and the lack of a newsletter. Malcolm mentioned that he would like to come back next year. We will look to an appropriate theme, and the offer is much appreciated. Your committee will work on a possible future event.winesale

Whilst this tasting was intended as a fun tasting, Malcolm’s company, Blackboard Wines is the distributor for a number of very good value wines from around the world. Club members would do well to put Blackboard on their list of potential wine sources. Visit their website at

Looking Forward – Nov 2011

The End of Year dinner is now booked at Jackson Cafe & Bistro (Adam’s new place, pictured below) on 14th December 2011.


Their website states “Renowned Trafalgar Square Bistro and Adam Café and Bistro chef, Adam Li has recently opened a brand new restaurant – Jackson Café and Bistro. Adam’s cooking philosophy is straight forward – innovative cuisine using the best of local produce.”

We, of course, have previously dined at Adam Café when it was situated in Lower Hutt. The map shows the site, address is 306 Jackson Street.

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The price for person has been set at $50.00 allowing for corkage, pre dinner drinks, and coffee.

A payment form is attached. Please let us know your intentions as early as possible so that we have an accurate idea of numbers.

Please also note that the payment form canvasses members about the possibility of using shuttles. We would love to get an early indication as to whether there is any interest in this approach.

Important Stuff – Sept 2011

Thanks to Sandy Morrison for being our first member to help out with out new pouring regime. Also thanks to Heather McPherson from Olssens wine for supplying a big box of screw caps to Anne. Don’t forget to do the same.

And if your Subscription of $25 is still unpaid please send it to Wayne ASAP. Better still, pay it direct into the club bank account (06 0541 0056031 00).


Glancing Back – Sept 2011

North vs. South

What an interesting tasting this proved to be. Not only did we get to contrast some fine wines, but we also got to compare the styles of our presenters, Roger Fraser from Murdoch James and Heather McPherson from Olssens.

MurdochJames  olssens

The evening opened with our mingling wine being 2010 Sauvignon Blancs from the two vineyards. These were followed by 2010 Rieslings with the Murdoch James release being particularly to my liking.

The Pinots were the highlight. The contrast of the savoury farm-yard Pinot Noirs of Martinborough with the more berry fruit style Pinots of Central Otago were glaringly obvious to all, as were their colour differences. This was clearly demonstrated with the last Pinots of the evening which were presented to us blind. Not only did everyone pick that they were Pinots, but there was 100% success in picking which was the one from Murdoch James.

That our presenters should choose to use their premiere Pinot Noirs, Slapjack (Olssens) and Fraser (Murdoch James) to test us in this way simply showed that they too weren’t adverse to having some fun at our expense.

And who won the battle? Whilst I know many present thought Murdoch James the winner on the night, for me it was Olssens with their Central Otago Pinots giving them the slight edge for the evening.

31 people attended the tastings and our thanks go again to Roger and Heather for the presentation of some great wines in such a fun but
informative way.

Oh yes, before you all rush off following my recommendation, I had better disclose a bias, This writer was born in Central Otago.