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Taste history… Ata Rangi with Helen Masters

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Taste history… Ata Rangi with Helen Masters

What: A tasting What for: Join us to taste the fascinating flavours, history and mystery of Martinborough’s top Pinot Noir producer, Ata Rangi When: Thursday 19 October 2017, 6pm to 8pm How: Book your spot now – this will book out swiftly. Bookings: The cost is $50 per person and bookings are essential. Book by calling Regional Wines, phone 04 385 6952 or hook onto the website here to book at Regional Wines…     I've always had a soft spot for Ata Rangi winery in Martinborough because it was one of the first and was pioneered by one of...

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Wine from the front line… an awesome Esk Valley tasting at Regional

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Wine from the front line… an awesome Esk Valley tasting at Regional

I first met Gordon Russell 23 years ago in the upstairs room at Regional Wines in Wellington. He has changed a little since then. The room has not changed one iota. The reason for the meeting back then was the same as the reason for meeting him again last night – a wine tasting of one of New Zealand’s highest priced wines; Esk Valley’s The Terraces, which now retails for approximately $145 (NZ dollars). Is it worth it? How does anyone ever accurately place a dollar value on rarity and high quality. The diminishing law of returns kicks in with...

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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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