Back to Basics… Wellington

Back to Basics – a free tasting in Wellington

Saturday 13 August from 12 noon to 4pm is the time, Regional Wines & Spirits at the Basin Reserve is the place for an outstanding line up of wines that provide the gateway to classic styles from New Zealand and around the world.

The list has been selected by yours truly and store manager Caitlin Perlman, and we have both selected a range that spans everything from mainstream, high volume wines to smaller volume, niche producers – and in a broad sweep of styles too from stainless steel ferments to the full bells and whistles of 100% barrel fermentation on lees with minimal intervention (Dog Point Section 94).

There will be four stands of wine from Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand’s most planted grape and widely produced wine) to Riesling (Germany’s biggest wine style) to Pinot Noir (originally from Burgundy in France) to Syrah (arguably France’s greatest underrated red wine).

Taste, learn and talk or just taste and enjoy the 12 wines that will be open at this mini wine fest’ for the afternoon. No bookings necessary – we’ll be there and hope to see you there too.

The wine list


2013 Main Divide Riesling $21.85

2014 Dr Loosen Riesling $22.40

2014 Mesh Riesling $35.30

Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Le Petit Bourgeois Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc $24.75

2015 Two Rivers Convergence Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc $17.95

2013 Dog Point Section 94 Marlborough $35.20

Pinot Noir

2014 Petit Clos Marlborough Pinot Noir $19.95

2014 Folding Hill Ballasalla Central Otago Pinot Noir $27.95

2014 Secret des Lunes Languedoc Pinot Noir $17.95

Syrah and tasty blends

2013 Les Gemarelles Cotes-du-Rhone $17.95

2014 Cypress Syrah Hawke’s Bay $24.80

2012 D’arenberg Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre $15

Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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