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Thursday, 20 February 2014 - 10:30am by Katie Merrie

On 11 & 12 February we hosted tasting evenings exploring the wines of Southern Italy, more specifically the provinces of Campania, Puglia, and Sicily.  

Saturday, 1 February 2014 - 11:00am by Michael Hutton

As of today, our Wine-club changes kick in.  

Some will be aware that the government recently implemented changes to the law around the sale of booze with the 'Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.'  In their infinite wisdom, the lawmakers have made a number of specific changes about what can and can't be done.

Under our interpretation of the new law we are no longer able to offer "free" bottles of wine, or promote prizes/giveaways that are linked specifically to the purchase of alcohol.  This has a direct impact on the way that our wine club operates - up until now we have provided a discount on wine purchases, but also an an additional benefit whereby when you buy 12 bottles (accumulated over a period of time) we gave you a "13th bottle" for free based on the aggregate value of the previous 12.  

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 - 3:00pm by Michael Hutton

A familiar quandary in our household... what glass to use for which wine?  After Katie's Masterclass with Riedel glassware, we bit the bullet and bought ourselves a small array of different grape-specific wine glasses.  

Some of these choices are easy, we drink Pinot Noir from the Pinot glasses, and Chardonnay from the Chardonnay glasses.  But what about when the wine does not conveniently into one of the classic French grape varietals that they are designed for?  Last night my creation in the kitchen was an Italian style Pork and Mushroom Ragu, with a rich tomato based sauce.  

My chosen wine to match was a relatively inexpensive Sangiovese (Gran Sasso 'La Bella Addormentata' IGT @ $22.00) hoping to match a deeper fruity wine with the rich sauce and earthy mushrooms.  

Sunday, 12 January 2014 - 4:30pm by Katie Hutton

Last night, as part of the Wellington Summer City Festival, we went with our friends Dave & Amy White to the ASB Gardens Magic Concert event ‘Revolver: The Beatles Band’ held at the Wellington Botanic Gardens.  These events are free to the public and always a lot of fun.  It was a gorgeous evening and it was one of the most subscribed events I have ever seen at the Concerts.

We packed a Mediterranean style picnic dinner with some fine wines to match.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012 - 3:45pm by Katie Hutton

Our theme was ‘French’ at our last wine & food degustation dinner in cooperation again with the great team at Ti Kouka Café held on 24 July 2012.   The event again booked out within less than two weeks from first notice similar to what we experienced with the Spanish degustation in May.

The event opened in the bar where people were greeted with a glass of Billecart Salmon Brut Champagne and their first course of Ti Kouka cold smoked salmon w/ dill & preserved lemon crème fraiche to match before moving into the dining room for the next six courses.

All of the courses were amazing – the food divine, the wines excellent, and the wine matches extraordinary!   At the end when polled many had different favourites which tells you about the calibre of everything served that night.  One patron even asked to be pre-booked on all future events!  Thanks Noel.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 - 4:45pm by Katie Hutton

Recently the team at Wineseeker were privileged enough to hold a Spanish wine and tapas evening that combined the talents of the fabulous Ti Kouka Cafe (Central Wellington), and highly regarded Spanish wine importers, St Vincent’s Cave (Auckland).  It was a fantastic opportunity to show off some of the superb Spanish wines that are available to us here in New Zealand, and to be shown how to expertly match these wines with traditional Spanish fare……with a Kiwi twist of course.

Sunday, 17 June 2012 - 4:30pm by Katie Hutton

My original Wine Match Impression: Maple glazed salmon with spices and pineapple salsa — tricky wine match but I would go with a Viognier which has the aromatics and tropical flavours and richness of palate to stand up to the rich oily salmon and sweet spicy fruit.

Now Tested: I tried this recipe and wine match last night and it worked pretty well. I matched it with Alpha Domus “The Wingwalker” Viognier 2010 (Hawkes Bay) which has the ripe stone fruit, citrus, and mineral flavours and has full luscious palate and with spice and complexity from the barrel fermentation. The pineapple salsa was a bit too sweet for the wine though on its own. I served the salmon with couscous with lemon zest and coriander.

The Salmon Recipe:  4 out of 5 – great flavour balance and texture

The Wine:   4 out of 5 – one of my favourite New Zealand Viognier’s

Thursday, 7 June 2012 - 4:45pm by Katie Hutton

The other night, I was wanting to create a lovely romantic dining experience at home for my husband and I.  So I whipped out the ipad (*very important business tool!*) and opened the Epicurious application and started searching for recipes that took my fancy.   I came across a recipe for seared duck breast with cherries and port that sounded fantastic.      So I got the ingredients, whipped up the dish almost to the recipe specs, and then added sides of al-dente green beans and oven roasted new baby potatoes and nashi pear.

Thursday, 31 May 2012 - 4:45pm by Katie Hutton

This question has plagued me unanswered until recently.   I have been a sceptic.   Really, how much does a glass’ shape and size really matter?   In many cupboards, we have a larger style red wine glass and a smaller style white wine glass.    But do I really need separate glasses for Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon?  Do I really need a different glass for oaked Chardonnay than for an un-oaked Chardonnay?  And what about all of the many other varietals?      The whole concept of having many different glasses for the different wines seems crazy and an extremely expensive undertaking.  So I wanted to know once and for all, do I really need to do it in order to appreciate my wine more?

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 - 4:45pm by Katie Hutton

Some wine myths deserve to be busted.

Many will know that I have been a long-time fan of Riesling.  If you’ve been (un)lucky enough to walk into shop while we’ve been offering one on tasting you’ve probably already had an earful as to the wonders of Riesling… and I make no secret that I consider it a king among grapes.

For some unknown reason it is still the most underappreciated grapes in New Zealand.  Almost universally adored by winemakers, it still stays out of the heady limelight enjoyed by our mainstay of production (Sauvignon Blanc) and darling of the boutique wine world (Pinot Noir).


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