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Rosé is on a roll…

We’ve got a bit of a thing for a pink drink here at Regional Wines, where I work as wine programme director – tastings, writing interesting info’ about the world’s most interesting beverage and all that jazz… Anyway, so this week, we’re going to crack open three pink drinks tomorrow night at our new weekly casual tasting, Wine Wednesday, at Regional Wines from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Our resident wine whizzes will guide you through a trio of pink drinks and explain the differences in style and why colour is not an indication of dryness – or otherwise.

Speaking of which, rosé – or pink wine – can be made from any red grape and can even be made by blending red and white wine together, which is standard practice in France’s Champagne region for the production of the world’s highest priced pink sparkling wine. Unusual as that sounds (and it’s another story, which we can revisit over the upcoming festive silly season), most New Zealand rosé is made from Pinot Noir – for obvious reasons.
Pinot is the most widely planted red grape and most widely produced red wine in this country. This means that rosé tends to be produced in two main ways in New Zealand.
Firstly, it can be made as an intentional wine where red grapes are pressed and given anything from a few hours to a few days of skin contact so that the colour adds a light tinge to the wine.
Secondly – and this is more common – rosé is made using a method called saigneé – French for ‘bleeding’.
This refers to making pink wine from red wine (in this case, Pinot Noir) while the wine is still fermenting in tank – by bleeding off a little of the fermenting juice, The wine that remains in the tank (most of it) can gain a more intense colour and flavour while a fresh, light pink wine can be made at the same time. Hey presto – rosé.
Come along and check out this trio tomorrow at 5.30pm at Regional Wines in Wellington – there’s no need to book… come and check out these pink drinks with us for $5 at the door.
We hope to see you there.

Pink drinks at Wine Wednesday…

2016 Whitehaven Rosé $17.99

2016 Eradus Rosé $18.99 

2017 Haha Rosé $14.99

News: Craggy Range begins major refurb today

Craggy Range Winery began a major refurbishment of its cellar door today in a project destined to last through winter 2018.

The first stage is the cellar door of the Giant’s Winery, which is being replaced temporarily with a pop-up cellar door.

“The pop up cellar door will be a really fun experience, which will show one of our winery spaces – the Chardonnay cellar – that is usually behind the scenes and not available for the public to view,” says Craggy Range cellar door manager Michael Bancks

The refurbishment project is led by Paul Izzard, from Izzard Design; one of the guest judges on The Block NZ.

Fact file…

Craggy Range Giant’s Winery cellar door is shut from 16 October and the pop up cellar door within the Chardonnay Cellar will be open from Thursday 19 October to Tuesday 22 November.

The  new cellar door is scheduled to be open from Wednesday 22 November.

The Giant’s Winery restaurant, Terroir, will be refurbished during the winter season 2018.

Craggy Range one of top 100 global wineries

It’s the Giant’s Winery by name and it’s now officially one of the world’s best 100 wineries, according to the 31st annual Wine & Spirits magazine, published this month, which has rated Craggy Range as the only New Zealand winery to make the 2017 list.

The Hawke’s Bay winery joins other iconic wine producers from around the world, including Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Duckhorn, Champalou, Louis Roederer, Henri Bouillot, Bergstrom, Stag’s Leap, Krug, Louis Jadot, Ridge and Penfolds.

Craggy Range chief winemaker Matt Stafford said the accolade strengthened the family owned winery’s resolve to be consistently one of the world’s best.

Wine & Spirits magazine is one of the most influential publications in the United States and is read by over 200,000 members of the North American wine community. The publication reviews over 13,000 wines every year.

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