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New Zealand Wines

Saturday, October 24 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm EDT

New Zealand Wines


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New Zealand Wines is a Luxury Level Class. Wines are sourced from our director’s personal wine cellar.  Bottom line: It’s time to go beyond Sauvignon Blanc!

New Zealand Wines will take you on a wine journey from the North Island to the South Island. For the past fifty years ago, grapevines and winemakers have spread across the land – from Central Otago to Kumeu, Waipara to Wairarapa – to produce notable wines to global acclaim.

Finally, a wine class specifically for New Zealand wine, by the people best-qualified to teach it. As New Zealand wines attain increasing international recognition at the premium quality, this is a  class that needed to happen.

In this class, we provide an unrivaled introduction to the greatest of New Zealand wines. You will be tasting amazing wines you never knew existed.  You will also learn about the climate, soils, and geography the winemakers work with; the grape varieties they have tried to tame; and the extraordinary personalities who have made New Zealand wines internationally recognized.

A highly recommended class that –due to the limited nature of these wines– can only be run once a year.

Previous New Zealand Tasting Sheets

November 2019

First Flight

1.Rimapere 2017 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

2.Loveblock 2018 Pinot Gris (Marlborough)

Second Flight

1.Auntsfield 2016 Single Vineyard Chardonnay (Marlborough)

2.Te Mata 2017 Gamay Noir (Hawke’s Bay)

Third Flight

1.Spy Valley 2015 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)

2.Nga Waka 2015 “Three Canoes” Pinot Noir (Martinborough)

Fourth Flight

1.Mission Estate Winery 2013 Syrah (Hawke’s Bay)

2.Villa Maria 2005 Cellar Selection Syrah (Hawke’s Bay)

November 2018

First Flight

1.Pegasus Bay 2014 Riesling (Waipara Valley)

Second Flight

1.Mt. Beautiful 2013 Pinot Gris (North Canterbury)

2.Wither Hills 2017 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

Third Flight

1.Seaside Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)

2.Devil’s Staircase 2015 Pinot Noir (Central Otago)

Fourth Flight

1.Craggy Range 2011 “Te Kahu” Gimblett Gravels Single Vineyard Bordeaux Blend (Hawke’s Bay)

Fifth Flight

1.Mission Estate Winery 2011 Syrah (Hawke’s Bay)

2.Te Mata 2014 Bullnose Syrah (Hawke’s Bay)

November 2017

First Flight

1.Hillersden 2014 Pinot Gris (Marlborough)

2.Churton Estate 2011 Viognier (Marlborough)

Second Flight

1.Te Mata Estate 2015 Gamay Noir (Hawke’s Bay)

2.Nobilo Icon 2014 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)

Third Flight

1.Craggy Range 2011 “Te Kahu” Bordeaux Blend (Gimblett Gravels)

2.Te Mata Estate 2014 “Bullnose” Syrah (Hawke’s Bay)

Fourth Flight

1. Blind

2. Blind


——————- A few wines from our cellar————————–

Just a sample of a few older bottles in the wine cellar that may be featured in this class.

Felton Road 2007 Pinot Noir, Central Otago, Cornish Point
Layered and harmonious, with outstanding depth to black
cherry, ripe raspberry, and pomegranate extract flavors.

Felton Road  2007 Pinot Noir, Central Otago, Calvert
A forceful, stylish Pinot, with excellent intensity to cherry,
spice, pomegranate, and Santa Rosa plum flavors.

Waipara Springs 2007 Pinot Noir, Waipara, Premo
Smooth, round and beautifully focused, offering nutmeg- and
cream-accented currant and blueberry flavors.

Tohu  2007 Pinot Noir Marlborough
Lithe, medium-weight, generous and appealing for the coffee nuances that swirl through the plum and currant fruit.

Brancott 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, Rapaura Conders Forest
Bright, with passion fruit, pineapple, and grapefruit flavors
in vivid balance, lingering on the finish.

Want to learn more about wine regions? Take the Core Wine Course.


Sat, October 24, 2020
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm EDT
$63 – $99
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