A lot of you would like to expand your knowledge about wine, taste something different or just organise a night out with friends.
Auckland offers a multitude of different tasting options on a monthly basis that you can subscribe to and get your wine geek on.
Here are 7 places to taste wine in Auckland every month:
Caro’s Wine Merchants
Nestled in Parnell with a wide selection of wines and highly regarded for its breadth and selection, they often host very interesting tastings, for example an evening with Trinity Hill on July 20th. Join their mailing list to get the latest news.
Fine Wine Delivery Co.
These guys have an incredible selection of wines to choose from and offer new and exciting specials. In addition can ship directly to your door. They also host many beer, wine, domestic and international events. Check their calendar and sign up for notices of their events!
These tastings are held every Wednesday at 7pm and take place at the store in Takapuna on the North Shore. There is no requirement to book and the cost is usually $15. Tastings are informal, seated and usually blind tastings with hosts including Kingsley Wood, Andrew Rawlins & Wine Orbit’s Sam Kim, or on occasions, visiting winemakers and Masters of Wine.
Glengarry stores are a familiar sight and offer an interesting selection of both domestic and international wines. They often host impromptu tastings of new release wines in stores which is a great way to make friends and learn more from a trusted local source.
They also host bigger tasting events generally at their larger and centrally located Victoria Park location. Check their website for dates and upcoming tastings.
Want to feel like a true oenophile and have a bit of flair to your wine vocabulary? Well there is no better way than to get to know and understand your French wines. Maison Vauron is an oasis of French elegance and ambiance with a cheese store downstairs to match!
They host informative tasting evenings as well as more decadent wine and food nights. Sign up to their mailing list to be in the know and finally be able to trump your friends on all those hard wine questions.
Again on the North Shore in Northcote, there is an appealing option of unique wine tastings at this lovely wine outpost. Point Wines hosts interesting tastings that either highlight different wineries, regions or international wines. Join their mailing list to get notices of upcoming tastings.
Villa Maria Wine Club
A monthly wine club that offers a winemaker talk and tasting that covers a vast array of their wide selection of wines from different regions and varieties. Tasty tidbits are also served and makes for a night out with your friends.