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Top drops… at the fourth Wine & Food Celebration

4th Annual W&F Celebration at NZ School of Food and Wine

If you’re a budding food photographer, wine lover or professional, the fourth annual Wine & Food Celebration in Auckland is the place to head from 19 to 21 August this year.

The event is the brainchild of Celia Hay, founder of the New Zealand School of Food & Wine (disclaimer: I have taught wine courses for her, part time, for the past six years).

The energy she has for education is second to none. After the life changing Christchurch earthquakes earlier this decade, Hay moved herself, three children and her 20 year old wine and food school all the way up to Auckland. No small task for a one woman band. She has now amassed a supportive team at a large permanent school campus in downtown Auckland’s competitive Viaduct Harbour area in Customs Street West.
This year’s annual Wine & Food Celebration ups the ante on previous years with a couple of pretty on trend events, namely #Foodography Dinner and several aromatic wine tastings, led by Michael Jemieson of MacVine and yours truly (lover of Riesling and all vinous things aromatic).

Food photography will be explored during the #Foodography Dinner on Saturday 19 August. Tips on how to capture food imagery on your phone will be provided, along with sips, nibbles and how to snap ideas as attendees build their own creations over 6 courses.

The other event of significant note at this year’s three day annual celebration is the New Zealand Sommelier and Junior Sommelier of the Year competition. Wine professionals will compete in front of judges from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday 20 August.

Find out more and book your tickets at event.foodandwine.co.nz

Wellington and Auckland home to big wine gig…

It’s being dubbed New Zealand’s largest wine tasting event and this year’s Winetopia debuts in Wellington following its regular Auckland outing in mid July this year.

The Auckland leg of the event runs at Shed 10 from 9 to 10 June before debuting in Wellington at Shed 6 from 14 to 15 July.

The 2017 programme features expert talks and tasting masterclasses presented by some of the country’s leading wine people, including Master of Wine Bob Campbell and Australian wine writer, Nick Stock.

“New Zealand boasts over 670 wineries, far too many for an average Kiwi to check out in one lifetime. We’ve created Winetopia to take attendees far beyond the well-known, behind the closed door of the vineyards and cellar doors of our beautiful country and into the minds of the people that make our world-famous drop,” says director Rob Eliott.

Singapore Airlines, the presenting sponsors will help visitors explore one of their lead destinations, France, with French vs NZ wine tastings and the chance for all event attendees to enter to win a return flight for two to Paris with Singapore Airlines.

Winetopia will be held in Auckland on 9 to 10 June and in Wellington for the first time on 14 to 15 July. There will be three sessions in each city; Friday from 5pm to 8:30pm, Saturday from 12pm to 3:30pm and 4:30pm to 8pm.
Tickets on sale at winetopia.nz 

#‎winetopiaNZ

Wellington the craft taste capital

Wellington is the craft beer capital with a micro brewery on every second corner and, if you live in Aro Valley, upper Willis or the Cuba Street precinct, every single corner. So, why is it so darned difficult to get a decent wine in many of the city’s bars these days?

It’s a question I ponder every time I set foot outside the front door but rather than die wondering, a couple of us decided to host a tasting that highlights the craft wines of our country’s most creative drinks makers. It’s on this week and we still have a couple of spots because we have moved it downstairs to the warehouse for an informal, relaxed and informative night devoted to:

New Wave Kiwi Wines… Albarino, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Libiamo, Syrah and more…
So, join us this Thursday 23 March at Regional Wines from 6pm to 8pm – book by phone 04 385 6952 or online: http://www.joellethomson.com/2017/03/21/taste-the-new-wave-in-wellington-2/

It’s the start of vintage for many winemakers around New Zealand so, for those readers who, like me, are mostly desk-bound, check out the new tastings programme at Regional Wines & Spirits – https://regionalwines.co.nz/events/calendar

I am the new (part time) Wine Programme Director there, which means I’m hosting tastings and wine education.

It’s a buzz and it’s fantastic to be a part of, as is writing about vino in all the usual spots, which include Capital magazine, Good magazine, Drinksbiz and NZ Winegrower.

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