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.