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NZ wine’s free hotline

It’s the gift that keeps on giving from now until Friday 6 January 2017.  It is free wine advice at the end of the  #VillaMariaHelpline to answer New Zealanders’ wine queries.

The large, family owned New Zealand wine company launched its helpline to ease what chief winemaker Nick Picone describes as festive fear about buying wines that are special or celebratory.

“We put a lot of effort into the Christmas season and unless we’re wine specialists, it can be daunting finding that perfect wine to gift or match with food. The Villa Maria Helpline was designed to support New Zealanders with their decision making and ease stress over the festive season,” says Picone, who is among those specialists on the other end of the hotline.

To call the new wine hotline, tag #VillaMariaHelpline with a wine related question via a personal Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account and a Villa Maria wine specialist will respond.

The #VillaMariaHelpline service runs for four weeks from Friday 9 December 2016 to Friday 6 January 2017.

If world politics tire you, how about…

If world politics are getting you down, here’s something light and tasty to look forward to this summer in the small town of Martinborough, an hour and a quarter’s drive from Wellington city – Palliser Estate has all day casual platters by local chef Jo Crabb.

Pip Goodwin, the new Palliser chief honcho at Palliser Estate says the winery’s outdoors have been re-designed by landscape architect Hamish Moorehead. Visitors to the winery can now enjoy sitting outdoors enjoying not only the wines but Crabb’s French-inspired platters to go with them. Each plate is matched with a wine and a dessert.

Palliser Estate is open for tastings 7 days a week from 10.30am to 4pm at 96 Kitchener Street, Martinborough, phone 06 306 9019. 

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