Events

2019

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  • Sun
    27
    Jan
    2019

    BBQ – Derek’s place

    4:00 pm to late

    Venue: Derek’s place (see email for details)

    No Charge event

    BYO wine

    Your committee arranges meat and salmon. We ask if you would provide a salad (for 8 people to share) if your home starts with an odd number, or a dessert (for 8 people to share) if your home starts with an even number, thank you.

    Anne asks you to bring any screw caps along that you have been collecting over the holiday period. 

  • Wed
    13
    Feb
    2019

    Tasting - Askerne Estate Winery

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 - Directions 
    Entry fee: Members $10 Guests $14
    Presenter: John Loughlin

    Wines to be presented include:

    • 2018 Askerne Sauv Blanc / Sauv Gris / Semillon
    • 2016 Askerne Reserve Chardonnay 
    • 2018 Askerne Viognier 
    • 2016 Askerne Gewürztraminer 
    • 2015 Askerne Syrah 
    • 2015 Askerne Merlot Cab Franc Cab Sauv Malbec 
    • 2016 Cabernet Franc
    • 2018 Askerne Dessert Cabernet
  • Wed
    13
    Mar
    2019

    Tasting - Villa Maria

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 - Directions 
    Entry fee: Members $10 Guests $14
    Presenter: Kirsty Warbrick and Marc Udy

    Wines for tasting:

    • 2018 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Rose
    • 2018 Villa Maria Reserve Wairua Sauvignon
    • 2018 Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Pinot Gris
    • 2016 Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay
    • 2018 Villa Maria Platinum Selection Pinot Noir
    • 2017 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Grenache
    • 2015 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Late Harvest Riesling

    From a one-man band to a global brand in 50 years

    In 1961, at just 21 years of age, George Fistonich leased five acres of land from his father in Mangere, Auckland and started off with just an acre of vines.

    George made his first wine under the name Villa Maria in 1962 with grapes harvested from this block.

    Throughout the 1960s Villa Maria was a one-man band, with George’s wife, Gail, supporting him in his venture.

    George made dry red and white wines, sourcing grapes from the greater Auckland regions.

    In the early 1970s, George started to employ staff and the company expanded rapidly.

    Today, Villa Maria employs more than 250 permanent staff, grows 28 different grape varieties, and exports wine to over 60 countries worldwide.

  • Wed
    10
    Apr
    2019

    Tasting - Top drops under $25

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 - Directions 
    Entry fee: Members $TBC Guests $TBC
    Presenter: Joelle Thomson

    Wines to be tasted:

    2009 Forrest The Valleys Riesling
    Valformosa Cava Classic Brut NV
    2015 Main Divide Waipara Riesling
    2014 / 2015 Ulisse Montepulciano, Italy
    2013 / 2015 Crater Rim Waipara Pinot Noir
    2015 / 2016 Alary Gerbaude Cotes du Rhone
    2017 San Marzano Il Pumo Primitivo

    Joelle Thomson is a journalist, wine writer and author, who was bitten by the big buttery Chardonnay bug at Aro Street Café in Wellington, New Zealand, in the late 1980s and has been in love with wine ever since. She is a full-time writer.

    She wrote her first wine column in 1994 for Capital Times newspaper and remains a contributor to its reincarnated, slightly glossier version – Capital magazine.

    She also writes for Good magazine, NZ Winegrower, Drinksbiz and www.joellethomson.com. Joelle is a regular wine commentator on RNZ (Radio New Zealand National) on the Jesse Mulligan afternoon show. Joelle is the author of 16 wine books (published by New Holland and HarperCollins), including 10 annual wine guides.

 

 

Wine bottle screw caps

Anne is collecting them to give to the Lions organised Kan Tabs for Kids. No food lids or beer tops, please.

Save and bring them to the next monthly meeting.

Drinking and driving

Members will be aware of the lowering of drink/drive limits from December 2014. If unsure read the Land Transport Amendment Act (no 2) 2014. We ask members to be conscious of these limits.

For those driving, water and some food are provided or think about a designated driver, taxi, uber or dial-a-driver to get you home safely.