Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


International guests to enjoy fun, sun and Hawke’s Bay wine


3 December 2012

International wine guests to enjoy fun, sun and Hawke’s Bay wine


Around 20 international wine connoisseurs will be enjoying Hawke’s Bay summer fun when they come for two days in January, with winery bike rides, a Weetbix, toast and Marmite breakfast, and speed-date format aged wine tastings as just three of the programme events.

The brainchild of Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers, the regional wine member organisation, the objective is to provide an entertaining yet information-laden showcase of what Hawke’s Bay has to offer.

“Our guests are on their way to a tri-annual Pinot Noir conference in Wellington It’s a pretty intense programme and so beforehand we wanted to show them a more relaxed good time. At the same time, our aim is for them to leave with an increased respect for Hawke’s Bay as a world class wine producing region,” says Lyn Bevin, HBWG executive officer.

The new event – Hawke’s Bay – our world in your glass – to run over January 24 and 25, replaces a formal conference focusing on Syrah and/or local blended wines previously held in Hawke’s Bay before the Pinot Noir conference.

“This new format allows for greater industry inclusion and hospitality,” says Ms Bevin. “It’s not intended to be comparative but will instead, welcome guests to our wine region, our wines and our people. It will give them a Hawke’s Bay sense of space.”

Guests include wine writers and master sommeliers from Canada, Germany, Sweden, Hong Kong, China, Ireland, UK and the USA. Wine industry locals will also attend.

Most of the region’s winemakers will be acting as hosts at one of the 12 events and a number of wineries are venues.

Guests will be taking a bike ride on the Hawke’s Bay Wineries Cycle Trail and along the way will select the wine they want to put forward in a People’s Choice competition.

On a more serious note, Nicholas Buck from Te Mata Estate will provide an insight into the wine region’s history and its future opportunities, over lunch at Mission Estate.

Winemakers Peter Cowley from Te Mata Estate and Grant Edmonds of Sileni Estate will debate Rod Easthope from Easthope Winegrowers and Tony Bish of Sacred Hill, in a Syrah or Bay Blends debate, with guests sampling four wines of each style in order to add their input.

There will be a self-pouring blind tasting of submitted Merlots from around the region, and a Chardonnay wine options event will see nine wines, four from Hawke’s Bay, come under scrutiny.

A tapas and tastes dinner will match local food sensations with wines from around the region, with a People’s Choice vote. On the second night, dinner will be a wineries session option, with the wines supplied by the attendees.

The quintessential Kiwi breakfast will see a winemaker collect up to four guests and host the breakfast wherever they choose, with other personnel from their winery invited.

At the Old and the New event, 12 winemakers will select an aged wine from their cellar and in the new speed-dating format, guests will move from one winemaker to the next, having a six minute ‘date’ to taste and chat about the wine.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Architecture:
Ian Athfield Dies In Wellington

New Zealand Institute of Architects: It is with great sadness that we inform Members that Sir Ian Athfield, one of New Zealand's finest architects, has passed away in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington Production: New-Look Tracy Brothers Are F.A.B.

ITV and New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures today released an exclusive preview of the new-look Tracy brothers from this year’s hotly anticipated new series, Thunderbirds Are Go. More>>

ALSO:

Cardinal Numbers:
Pope Francis Names Archbishop From NZ Among New Cardinals

Announcing a list of bishops to be made Cardinals in February Pope Francis named Archbishop John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington, overnight from Rome. On hearing the news of the announcement, Archbishop John Dew said "This news is recognition of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the contribution it makes to the global Catholic family." More>>

ALSO:

Nomenclature: Charlotte And Oliver Top Baby Names For 2014

Charlotte and Oliver were the most popular names for newborn girls and boys in 2014... The top 100 girls’ and boys’ names make up a small proportion of the more than 12,000 unique first names registered for children born this year, says Jeff Montgomery, Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriage. More>>

Werewolf: Katniss Joins The News Team

From the outset, the Hunger Games series has dwelt obsessively on the ways that media images infiltrate our public and personal lives... From that grim starting point, Mockingjay Part One takes the process a few stages further. There is very little of the film that does not involve the characters (a) being on screens (b) making propaganda footage to be screened and (c) reacting to what other characters have been doing on screens. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Ko Witi Te Kaituhituhi

Witi Ihimaera, the distinguished Māori author and the first Māori to publish a book of short stories and a novel, has adopted a new genre with his latest book. But despite its subtitle, this book is a great deal more than a memoir of childhood. More>>

Werewolf: Rescuing Paul Robeson

Would it be any harder these days, for the US government to destroy the career of a famous American entertainer and disappear them from history – purely because of their political beliefs? You would hope so. In 1940, Paul Robeson – a gifted black athlete, singer, film star, Shakespearean actor and orator – was one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. More>>

ALSO:

"Not A Competition... A Quest": Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Winners

Big winners on the night were Equivocation (Promising Newcomer, Best Costume, Best Director and Production of the Year), Kiss the Fish (Best Music Composition, Outstanding New NZ Play and Best Supporting Actress), and Watch (Best Set, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Performance). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news