Try this simple cocktail. Even better we have all the ingredients right here - making it even simpler.
I spent last Saturday evening watching paint dry...well, kind of...we talked about wine in this interesting format: http://liisagarceau.com/vino-da-vinci
This made for a nice session where we touched on Central Otago as a region, and the provenance of these two excellent producers. Nice to do something different....
Once again we bit the bullet and dove into a marathon tasting, in the quest to expand our knowledge even further.
We were kindly hosted by Hancock's Wine & Spirits to their Christchurch event, where with an eye to summer we sampled a mountain (70 in total) of tasty beverages, from Australian beer to Australian Methodes to Australian Cabernet's...wait! We did also dip into New Zealand, France, Chile and more.
Amazed of The Day: by the value of a couple of Aussie reds, including a Yarra Valley Pinot Noir that will be on the shelves this week at under $20 - this beats any Kiwi one I've seen at the same price.
Favourites of The Day: Melbourne Gin Company Gin, Rogue Society Goldilocks Navy Gin, Jaboulet La Petite Chapelle Hermitage 2007, Akarua Rua Rose 2015...the great food at Dux Live for the After Party.
Big Surprise of the Day: Arras Brut Elite NV (Tasmania!) from the House of Arras, who have been acclaimed as the best sparkling producer in Oz by James Halliday, and the winemaker Ed Carr voted as one of the Top 10 Winemakers, and the most awarded winemaker in the country. This is a mouthful of tropical and citrus fruits, creamy brioche and nougat...just great stuff.
Despite all this tasting, I only actually consumed 2.5 beers the whole event, and was home with a cup of tea by 10pm. The same can't be said for the others from the region...but "what happens on tour", as they say.
One winemaker...many regions tasting.
We were fortunate enough to be hosted by John Forrest once again (at the excellent Rata restaurant) for a showcase of his "top of the tree" John Forrest "The Collection" wines. As John has vineyards from Bannockburn to Hawke's Bay, he really digs into each region to reveal the true "terroir". We sampled Waitaki Chardonnay, Wairau Sauvignon, Bannockburn Pinot Noir and much more...but the winner on the day was the stonking 2007 Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon - deep, full, old-world earthiness, long, deeply fruited but very approachable - this is as good as it gets in terms of NZ Cabernet...
Our love for food and wine has not abated.
We may have condensed the size of our shop but we have not reduced our range of wine, beer or spirits - we have only become more focused on what really matters to us.
Our range of wines are from all over New Zealand, Australia and the best parts of the world. We have our famous rigger station so come on in and fill up your own rigger bottle. With a huge range to choose from, you won't be leaving empty handed.
Our deli fridge stocks all the most delicious, fresh foods we can find and with fresh breads, vegetables, fruits and meats delivered daily, we have something for everyone.
Make sure you pop in to say hello next time you're in Arrowtown.