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Classic Style with Kumeu River

Spring is almost here but let’s embrace some earthy tones and classic winter essentials before the tulips are up and it’s already time to dig into the Gris & Sav.

1 | Botanical Wine Wall Chart by Erstwhile

Well, I’m still not sure what pineapples, agaves and vines have in common – ze Germanz are a funny bunch. It’s part of a series called “foreign culture plants on colourful wall maps” – yeah, still doesn’t make sense but I still love the look of it.

2 | A Life at Mudbrick by Robyn Jones 

A perfect coffee table book filled with beautiful photographs and delicious recipes. A trip to one of Waiheke’s most picturesque vineyards in the comfort of your arm chair.

3 | Classic St Mawes Lady Watch by Daniel Wellington

Well, it says, classic style. Timeless one my add – smiley.

4 | Cow Hide Rug by Mildred & Co

Argentinean steak is world renowned, now it’s time for hides. This one is a bit more trendy but certainly ticks the classic look box.

5 | Estate Chardonnay 2012 by Kumeu River

Classic Burgundian style Chardonnay from one of New Zealand’s iconic family estates. A must-try for every Chardy lover!


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WIN! 2 Tickets to Wine AKL | 14/15 August at Shed 10

Be in to WIN a double pass (valued at $50) to Wine AKL, on 14/15 August at Shed 10!

To enter, simply head over to our Instagram feed @sipnzwine and leave a comment on the image below with whom you’d like to go.

Competition ends on 12/8 at 2pm. Winner will be notified via Instagram.

Wine AKL is returning as part of the Restaurant Month and it’s certainly a wine event that you shouldn’t miss this winter.

The organisers call it “the wine buff’s ultimate day out” and with wines from over 80 wineries on offer you’ll certainly be able to give your palate a workout.

Catch-up with international wine experts including Nick Stock (AUS), Jorge Nunes (Portugal) Bob Campbell MW (NZ) and Yvonne Lorkin (NZ) and attend one of the free Wine 101 talks and 20 minute tastings by a wine expert from one of Auckland’s top central city restaurants including The Grove, Clooney, MASU, Monsoon Poon and Wine Chambers – all included in the ticket price.

And if you’re an aspiring or already well-educated wine geek you can book a 40 min Masterclass and hang out with the wine gurus in the Connoisseur Lounge.

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The nitty-gritty:

Where: Shed 10, Queens Wharf, Quay Street, Auckland
When: Friday 14 August, 5pm – 8.30pm & Saturday 15 August, 12pm – 3.30pm and 4.30pm – 8pm
$$$: Advance sales $25, door sales $30 – including a tasting glass, your first 5 tastings and a wine guide.
Tickets: available from iTicket

Click here to find out more.

See you there!


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Meet John Dunleavy from Te Motu

Meet John Dunleavy, co-founder, chief viticulturist and winemaker at Te Motu, which overlooks the beautiful Onetangi Valley on Waiheke (my spiritual home). Te Motu is renowned for its stunning, award winning reds.

Vineyard Manager & Winemaker, and general fixer of broken things.

Run the vineyard team and oversee the winemaking.

Number of years in the wine industry
25 years at TeMotu vineyard.

As a young man I used to transport the wine selected for the Air NZ wine competition to ‘The Chateau at Ruapehu’; on my own with a truck full of wine – tempting!!

My father, Terry was the Chief Executive of the NZ Wine Institute in those days.

First Job
Paper boy in Wellington; delivering from the start of the Terrace up to Salamanca Road. By the time I finished I would be lining up for the bus with the aftermath of the 6 o’clock swill – not a pretty sight for a young boy.

If you were a wine, what wine would you be?
I would have to go for a Pinot Noir from Burgundy, Cote de Nuits, Romanee- Conti.

What would you do if you weren’t a winemaker?
A designer and builder of furniture.

Why did you decide to work in the wine industry?
To help develop the family business – fate had a hand in it. While awaiting surgery to reconnect three fingers on my left hand, my father and brother made the decision to proceed with the establishment of the vineyard on Waiheke, and I was to oversee it.

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Wine & dine, what’s your favourite match?
It’s a toss-up between Rack of Lamb with Cabernet based Bordeaux and ‘Maka Crabs’; succulent crayfish off the coast of Makorori, Gisborne with a gutsy Gizzy Chardonnay.

Share a fact about you that only a few know
I was born in Samoa and arrived in NZ aboard a TEAL flying boat.

Hidden gems and favourite spots in your region
Sitting off Owhiti Bay in a boat fishing with my mates.

Things you still want to do
Finish painting the house, and more travelling – the South Island, Spain, Portugal, Italy for a start.

Last book read
Ken Follett – the Century Trilogy. If these were texts when I was at school I would have enjoyed History. Studying the ‘Origins of the First World War’ etc… was so boring then.
Hmmm then again, the sex scenes would have been a distraction for adolescent boys.

Advice on buying wine
Don’t be afraid to try something new, and every once in a while splash out, blow the budget, memories last a long time.

Dead or alive, who would you like to share a glass of vino with
Billy Connolly, what a laugh that would be.

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9 Auckland wine events you shouldn’t miss this June

June 2 – July 21 (8 Tuesday nights) 
The Essentials of Cooking Fine Food at Home
6-9:30pm at the NZ School of Food and Wine | $795

Through a well-structured programme, you will be able to develop skills to make you a confident cook in your own kitchen. The recipes are fast, classic and interesting.

To book call 09 3777 961 or send an email to nzsfw@foodandwine.co.nz.

June 8th
Dine with Dish: Crossroads with Josh Emett 
6:30pm at Ostro Brasserie and Bar | $125

Don’t miss the chance to experience a four course menu designed by Josh Emett, matched with a selection of Crossroads wines. 2015 marks Crossroads’ 25th anniversary, and to celebrate they are releasing an exclusive Syrah that evening at Ostro Brasserie and Bar.

To book phone 09 302 9888 or send an email to reservations@seafarers.co.nz.

June 10th 
Hot Red Hawke’s Bay
6-9pm at the Maritime Room | $40

Hawkes Bay is one of NZ’s hidden gems with some truely outstanding wines. Enjoy an evening speaking with inspirational winemakers while tasting over 270 Hawke’s Bay wines, including many 2014 releases – a night not to be missed!

To book visit www.eventfinder.co.nz/2015/hot-red-hawkes-bay/auckland

June 10
Metro Top 100 Wines for Winter
5:30-7:30pm at Glengarry Victoria Park | $35

Join Metro editor Simon Wilson, chief wine judge Paul Tudor MW and other Metro judges, as well as winemakers from around the country, to experience the Metro 100 Wines for Winter. The ticket price includes tastings of the Metro Top 100 Wines for Winter, accompanying food, the latest issue of Metro, a tasting note pad and live music.

To book call 0800 733 505.

June 14 
Boutique Wine Fair
11:30am-7:30pm at Imperial Lanes, Fort Street | $39 + masterclass

The best boutique vineyards from around New Zealand will be showcasing over 200 wines, creating one of the most unique cellar door experiences in this country’s wine history.

Event attendees will be able to explore wines from different regions, enjoy fantastic food and wine pairings, great live music and participate in blind tasting seminars.

To book visit www.eventfinder.co.nz/2015/new-zealand-boutique-wine-festival-2015/auckland

June 14 
Ostro & Viva’s Dinner and a Show, featuring Hollie Smith  
Ostro Brasserie and Bar | $150 or $25 for the Terrace show only

It’s called Dinner and a Show, but there’s a little bit more to it than that. For a start it’s an evening of two halves – a 3 course dinner and the first part of the show in Ostro Brasserie followed by a second part of the show on Ostro’s City Terrace.

To book call +64 9 302 9888 or send an email to reservations@seafarers.co.nz.

June 17th
2013 Craggy Range Prestige Collection Release Dinner with the Fine Wine Delivery Co.
6:15-8:30pm at the Fine Wine Delivery Co. | $75

The wines for the evening will be: Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2014 on arrival; followed by Aroha 2013, Le Sol 2013, Sophia 2013 and Sophia 2006 accompanied by a Michelin-style menu prepared by Philip Reynolds, former chef at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant L’Escargot!

To book visit www.finewinedelivery.co.nz.

June 17th
First Glass Tasting: Cuisine Shiraz line-up
7pm at First Glass | $15

Includes N.Z. Syrah. We know the wines – there are some crackers. These tastings are hosted, informal, seated tastings with hosts including Kingsley Wood, Andrew Rawlins & Wine Orbit’s Sam Kim, or on occasions, visiting winemakers & Masters of Wine. Most of the time the wines are tasted blind.

To book visit www.firstglass.co.nz/wine-tastings.

June 23
Dine with Dish: Church Road Grand Reserve Wines and Clooney Restaurant
6:30pm at the Clooney Restaurant | $125

The Church Road Grand Reserve wines will be matched with a special  four course menu that is classic yet undeniably modern created by the team at Clooney led by Chef Des Harris.

To book phone 093581702 or visit www.dish.co.nz/whats-on/event/2015/5/dine-dish-and-church-road.


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NZ Boutique Wine Festival | 14 June

Sipping New Zealand wine from boutique wineries in one of Auckland’s coolest venues …

… if that sounds like fun to you, keep the 14th of June clear in your diary as the 3rd New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival is going to be held at the Imperial Buildings in town.

Meet the makers, sip New Zealand wine and indulge in a tasting lunch menu at Everybody’s. If you’re more of a wine buff or are keen to become on you should also take part in their master classes and join the vertical tasting.

Early bird tickets are $29 (until 16 May) and GA tickets are $39. All tickets including VIP tickets can be purchased here.

More info about this event can be found here.