As I sit to prepare this newsletter Celine Dion is singing “Another year has gone by” in the background. Surely not, I say, but it is so. Where has it gone? We can start by reviewing our year. We began with our summer BBQ at the end of January. The usual excellent occasion and thanks to Derek for continuing to make his premises available. February saw us heading on a “Summer Romance – a love affair with Wine” where some of your committee members presented their favourite summer wines. In March Mark and Susan Haythornthwaite presented some of their “Haythornthwaite” wines and told us of the success they have had adding platters to the tasting experience at their premises.
In April Simon Bell from MacVine took us on a tour of Europe embracing France, Italy and Germany. May was the usual AGM then in June Unison Vineyards from the Gimblett Gravels in Hawkes Bay presented some lovely wines. July was something of a disappointment when we went to Saigon Van Grill Bar. The meal was lacking, particularly in quantity, and subsequent efforts to redress the problem have been futile. Never mind, we were back on track in August with a great tasting from Clearview.
September saw a continuation with European wines when Maison Vauron gave us a taste of French wine with some cheese matches. Then who could forget Negociants presentation from that iconic Barossa winery, Yalumba.
The tastings for the year finished with a return to Europe, this time Portugal with Confidant Wines, and some great wine with food matches. All this travel and we haven’t had to leave home.
As I finish this Celine has moved on to “Holy Night” and is singing about a night divine. I can’t quite work out if she means Christmas Eve or the December Dinner at Juniper. You be the judge.
A ghastly night weather wise and a long list of apologies through autumn ailments meant that the turnout for this tasting was a little lower than we had hoped for. Despite that, those who braved the conditions enjoyed an excellent presentation and some great wines. Simon Bell and Craig O’Donnell from Macvine International presented for this tour around Europe. The tasting was a little different from the usual but was done with great style and enthusiasm. The wines presented were not necessarily well-known wines from Italy, France, Spain, and Germany. Simon and Craig enjoyed the evening and expressed a keenness to return in the future.
The tour included the following wines:
Andre Delorme Methode BDB (France) Pazo Cilleiro Albarino (Spain) Bernard Defaix 2015 Cote de Lechet Chablis (France) Cantina Terlan Lagrein (Italy) Dourthe No 1 Rouge (France) Alpha Zeta “V” Valpolicella Ripaso Superiore (Italy) 1994 Burgermeister Lauer Drohner Hofberger Riesling (Germany)
An interesting evening hosted by Michael Jemison, Macvine International. Michael displayed a good style while giving a good level of information during the presentation. However, the turnout at 32 was a little disappointing. Some great discounts offered for those who purchased.
The wines offered included; Ca Di Rajo 2013 Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene DOCG Millesimato Extra Dry; Yerring Station Yarrabank Cuvee 2010; Andre Delorme Terroir d’Exception Blanc de blanc NV; Kerpen 2013 Riesling Kabinett; Dumangin Brut le Rose Premium Cru NV; Dumangin Premier Cru Vintage Champagne 2003, and all rounded off with a Clark Estate Noble Pinot Gris 2011.
Usually, I find this a time to reflect on what the year has offered. Following on from the regular BBQ in January we started off with a few hiccups in our arrangements. Nevertheless, tastings began on a high note in February with Ash Ridge from Hawkes Bay. March saw another late change, but an enjoyable evening was possible with club members presenting wines from our cellar. April allowed Ohau Wines to introduce us to some interesting local wines while May was, of course, our AGM.
Things really got rolling in June with Taylor Brown, who are the NZ agents for Brown Bros and Taylors from Australia. They presented mainly Taylors as we had quite recently shared an evening with Brown Bros. July took us to Bistro 52, WelTec’s training restaurant for our mid-year dinner while August showed the enjoyable wines of the well-established Wairarapa winery, Gladstone. September was a highlight with the iconic Hawkes Bay producer Craggy Range, followed in October with Man O’ War from Waiheke Island. The tasting year finished with festive wines presented by Macvine International.
Your committee are pleased with the programme and hope everyone found something to enjoy.
Only the dinner to go to complete a very successful year. We have had some great tastings in enjoyable company. Unlike Susan Devoy, I am happy to offer my best wishes for the Christmas season.
Good grief, less than two months to Christmas, but a couple of great events to round off our 2015 calendar. The Festive wines tasting looks impressive and as mentioned above look for some great discounts on some premium wines. As an example, they will be offering a $45 discount on the Dumangin Vintage 2003.
1841 Bar & Restaurant
The December dinner at 1841 Bar & Restaurant should also be fun. It’s great that we can do BYO in a pub environment. We will be away from the general patrons and the menu looks just fine, so don’t be put off, we are going to enjoy ourselves, as we usually do.
Nov bubbles and Dec dinner
We’re getting ready for a busy season with Nov bubbles and Dec dinner.
This allows us to get a guide on numbers for the dinner. As mentioned on the form, please complete and bring it with you in November. If you can’t attend please send to Wayne as outlined.
Make it easier for pourers
NB, Last month it was suggested that it might be helpful at tastings if people could send their glasses to the centre end of the table to make it easier for pourers. We had some success with this last month and will persist. Please make every effort to make things easier for the pourers.
This year our festive wines presenter will be Andrew Yates, the Wellington Sales and Marketing Executive for Macvine International Ltd.
Macvine are boutique wine importers and distributors. The company was established in 1999, and they import and distribute top quality, specialist wine from New Zealand and around the world. They also import and distribute Spiegelau Glassware – one of the world’s top specialist producers of glassware designed for wine lovers. Wines for the event will include offerings from Australia, Germany, Italy, France and New Zealand. More information in next month’s newsletter.
An awful night weather wise which was something of a shame as the attendance was not as good as your committee had hoped. Despite this it was an interesting night with some really good wines, much enjoyed by those who attended. David Hughes was an informative and interesting presenter and he thoroughly enjoyed the evening despite the low attendance.
As intended, the evening concentrated on aromatics including:
Hi everyone, as you know Wednesday the 11th September was a horrible night weather wise.
However, those of us who braved the elements and attended the meeting were treated to some great white aromatics. In view of the low turnout, we offered to send out the Macvine tasting notes and order form to all members so you would have an opportunity to purchase the wines presented.
If you wish to order them, then you need to complete the last page and get it to David at firstname.lastname@example.org before the close-of business this week.
Macvine International Ltd is a boutique wine and specialty glassware Importer and wholesale distribution company. Macvine Internationals wine brands are all privately owned such as New Zealand’s own; 12,000 Miles – Wairarapa, Kennedy Point- Waiheke, Bridge Pa – Hawkes Bay, Argentina: Auka – Mendoza, France: Barron de Selliac – Provance to name a few.
Macvine International Ltd imports Spiegelau (German Glassware) which is beautifully designed and resoundingly durable. Spiegelau has a beautiful range of fine stemware and tableware for everyday use. Check out results from the 2013 Spiegelau International Wine Competition.
The evening tasted concentrated on aromatics and included the following offerings:
Established in 1999, Macvine International is an importer and distributor of top quality, specialist wine from New Zealand and around the world. They also import and distribute Spiegelau Glassware – one of the world’s top specialist producers of glassware designed for wine lovers. They include Bridge Pa, Forrest (including the John Forrest Collection and Newton Forrest), Clark Estate, Gladstone, and others among their New Zealand clients.
David Hughes will represent Macvine for an evening that will concentrate on aromatics. More next newsletter.