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Wine from a war zone… part 2

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Wine from a war zone… part 2

Chateau Musar tasting at Regional Wines & Spirits Tuesday 5 September 2017 Tuesday this week was a very rainy, very chilly, supposedly spring night in Wellington but the wines we tasted were from a far warmer place – you could even call the Bekaa Valley hot. It’s in the north east of Lebanon, a country better known for war than for wine. The tasting is led by Ralph Hochar; third generation family member from Chateau Musar, which was founded in 1930 by his grandfather, Gaston Hochar, who planted his first vines after returning from training in winemaking in Bordeaux, France....

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Taste the King of Chardonnays

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Taste the King of Chardonnays

What’s your favorite Chardonnay? Big, buttery and full bodied? Or crisp, citrusy and site expressive? Whichever way you like your Chardonnay, our King of Chardonnays tasting on Thursday 5 October is highly likely to reward you – in more ways than one. Join us and Chardonnay specialist Tony Bish at Regional Wines in Wellington for this special tasting at which we will open 9 wines. This special blind tasting will highlight the incredible versatility of Chardonnay when grown in different countries, different regions and also when it’s made in a variety of styles. We will taste 6 New Zealand Chardonnays...

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Thirst to the Finish

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Thirst to the Finish

Finish with a Flourish Whisky Tasting - Regional Wines, 31st July and 1st August By John Shearlock It's not often one gets to taste a 2001 Barolo at a whisky tasting, but this was Finish with a Flourish with Daniel McLaren Moon, whose theme was wine cask finishes, and things were about to get serious. So it was that a group of well-seasoned Wellington whisky tasters found themselves confronted with seven whiskies paired with seven samples of still and fortified wine, in the snug confines of Regional's upstairs tasting room; a cocktail of oloroso, port and single malt aromas swirling...

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Wines of Waitaki

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Wines of Waitaki

Whenever anyone asks me what wine people do all day, I find it hard to explain that it’s not all tasting, talking and enjoying lovely liquid. Like most jobs, working with wine is more often about the pragmatics, in our case, lifting boxes, stocking shelves and answering emails so that we can unveil interesting wines at great tastings, like The Wines of Waitaki on Thursday 17 August, 6pm to 8pm, at Regional Wines & Spirits in Wellington. The Waitaki Valley is home to so much limestone and so few people that it looks more like a cross between Scotland and...

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