Six winemakers are flying into Wellington to host our sparkling Saturday in store at Regional of their top shelf bubbles from Central Otago, North Canterbury, Marlborough and Martinborough. This is a great opportunity to get your minds and mouths around some of New Zealand's best top shelf wines (and, it has to be said, some of the most under rated, over performing wines made in this country).
This Saturday afternoon tasting is open to all and tasty finger food will be served to complement the sparkling wines
No bookings necessary.
Meet the bubbles makers
This is an opportunity for all wine lovers to meet the makers of some of the world’s best value, tastiest and most under rated traditional method sparkling wines.
Traditional method bubbles
The words traditional method are the official EU term for making sparkling wine in the most complex method, which used to be referred to as the champagne method.
Traditional method sparkling wines in New Zealand are
* Fermented and made into a still 'base' wine
* Made from traditional grapes grown in the Champagne region
* These grapes are Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir
* Second fermentation in the bottle to gain CO2 and complex flavours from yeast autolysis (the breakdown of yeast cells as they disintegrate into the wine following the second fermentation).
The wines, the people, the wineries
Quartz Reef of Central Otago with Rudi Bauer
Alan McCorkindale Wines of North Canterbury
Saint Clair Wines of Marlborough with Sarina Ibbotson
No 1 Family Estate, Marlborough with Virginie le Brun
Nautilus Estate of Marlborough with Claudia Yanez
Palliser Estate from Martinborough with Sandy Moore
The full line up to taste
Quartz Reef Brut NV
Quartz Reef Blancs de Blancs 2013
Quartz Reef Rosé
Alan McCorkindale Rosé 2009
Saint Clair Dawn 2015
No 1 Family Estate Assemble NV
No 1 Family Estate Calibre 70 Cuvee
No 1 Family Estate Blancs de Blancs NV
Nautilus Brut NV
Palliser Estate Methodé The Griffin