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July diary date with Prince of Pinot

Martinborough winemaker Larry McKenna of the Escarpment Vineyard
Taste 20 years of Escarpment Pinot Noir this July with winemaker Larry McKenna, who started the brand in 1998 and will crack open Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir to mark the 20th anniversary.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in Northland is the place, 13 to 15 July is the time and McKenna is the host.
The weekend begins with welcome wines, a relaxed dinner and a wine options game for fun, which will be hosted by McKenna on Friday, before Saturday’s structured tasting highlights of Escarpment wines over the past two decades.
The Saturday night tasting menu will be prepared by lodge head chef Barry Frith who will match the food to the Escarpment wines.
Larry will share his insights into the past two decades of vintages, styles and his experience as co-founder, director and winemaker of Escarpment Wines on Martinborough’s Te Muna.
Book for the Escarpment Wine Dinner at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs here: reservations@kauricliffs.com

Wellington Wine Wednesdays

Wine Wednesday is a free, fun, low key tasting, which I host every week  at Regional Wines & Spirits in Elice Street, by the Basin Reserve from  4pm to 7pm.

Best of all, no bookings are needed. Just turn up, taste an interesting new wine and grab a bargain buy because every wine we taste has a discount for that night only.

Regional Wines & Spirits is Wellington’s largest and longest established independent wine, beer and spirits store, and my role is Wine Programme Director, a fancy title that means I do everything from hosting tastings to writing blogs, in store information and shelf talkers to upping the ante of the store’s tasting programme, alongside our other expert staff.

Wine Wednesdays are a great way for customers and staff alike to try new and interesting wines and the majority of them are under $20, so super affordable for mid week enjoyment. Come along and join us…

This week’s wine is a cheeky little Sicilian red made from Sicily’s most prolifically planted red grape – Nero d’Avola, which covers more than 19,000 hectares on this, the biggest island in the Mediterranean. It’s a beautiful grape with enormous potential for high quality wines as well as super affordable gluggably drinkable reds, such as our $16.99 bargain buy this week.

Pegasus Bay fun run fundraiser for brain research

One of New Zealand’s most beautifully landscaped wineries and vineyards is launching a new fun run, which doubles as a fundraiser for the NZ Brain Research Institute, and is to be held on Sunday 28 January 2018.

It’s the brainchild, if you’ll forgive the pun, of the Donaldson family, who founded and own Pegasus Bay Winery in North Canterbury.

On having fun while running…

While the words fun and run may not always be uttered in the same breath, both are key to the success of the inaugural event on Sunday 28 January 2018, says Mike Donaldson, one of the organisers. He and his co-organiser and sister in law, Di Donaldson, are encouraging people to dress up and pack a picnic to enjoy on the expansive lawns of the winery, following the run. Wine will be available for purchase following the run and all participants of the run who are 18 years of age and over, will receive a bottle of Pegasus Bay wine to take home; it’s part of the ticket price.

The run or walk options…

The initial run at Pegasus Bay includes a 6 kilometre and a 10 kilometre run / walk. It may grow into a half marathon in the future.

Where the run will go… 

The run will wind its way through the Pegasus Bay Winery’s vineyard and landscaped  gardens, which are planted extensively in flowers, natives, around a lake and a vegetable garden.

The future… 

Di and Mike hope to grow the event in the future, adding other run options (possibly a half marathon) and increasing numbers. They want the first run to attract modest numbers to enable them to host a successful and fun event, which they can build up over time.

“We want to make it a great experience for everyone involved and to raise money for the BRI and then we can build it up over time, in a similar way to how Saint Clair winery in Marlborough has built up their annual marathon.”

On fund raising…

The fundraiser aspect is another key component of the run, which is important to the family because winery co-founder Ivan Donaldson has had an extensive career as an associate professor and consultant neurologist.

His book The Truant from Medicine also raised funds for the New Zealand BRI and is available from www.pegasusbay.com

The details… Vine run…

Sunday 28 January 2018, 10am

Pegasus Bay Winery front lawns – participants can choose to run or walk 6kms or 10kms

Find out more at www.vinerun.co.nz

 

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