Wine dinners & wineclub tastings in the central North Island

Last week I had a flying visit up north for a series of trade calls and a couple of consumer eveing events.  It was the perfect setting to showcase our wines – having a captured audience for a couple of hours and being able to showcase our wines along side food.  The 1st was a winemakers dinner at Fahrenheit restaurant in Te Awamutu where Nautilus…
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The Great GoogaMooga

Title: The Great GoogaMoogaLocation: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NYCLink out: Click hereDescription: The Great GoogaMooga: n. an amusement park of food & drink; adj. something wonderfully great; excl. “oh my goodness!” or “how bout that!” Nautilus Pinot Noir 2009 will be available to sample at the hottest event in NYC, the Great Googamooga! Taking place on May 19th and 20th at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Come along…
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THE FAMILY OF TWELVE, OUR PINOT NOIRS – A QUESTION OF TERROIR

Title: THE FAMILY OF TWELVE, OUR PINOT NOIRS – A QUESTION OF TERROIRLocation: London Wine Trade Fair, South Gallery Rooms 23 & 24Link out: Click hereDescription: The Family of Twelve, New Zealand’s Wine family, challenges you to attend a thought provoking Pinot Noir tasting. Tim Atkin MW moderates this once only tasting of twelve New Zealand Pinot Noirs, sourced from fruit grown in Auckland, Gisborne,…
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Bob Campbell and Gerard Basset:The Regional Complexities of Pinot Noir

Title: Bob Campbell and Gerard Basset:The Regional Complexities of Pinot NoirLocation: Vinexpo Asia Pacific Tasting Lab Session (Invitation Only) Room 109/110, Level 1Description: Join world-renowned Masters of Wine Bob Campbell (NZ) and Gerard Basset (France, UK) to gain expert insight into the regional character and complexity of the world’s ‘Prince of Pinot Noir’. With a focus on benchmark quality and regional typicity, guests will taste…
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Another recipe: Ruth Pretty’s NZ Lamb Racks with Minted Pea Puree & Blackcurrant Pinot Noir Jus

This is another event from the Complexity evening in NYC (see my previous post). This one was a great match for Nautilus Pinot Noir. Thanks Ruth for sharing the recipes! If Ruth can rustle these up in the basement of a clothes store, then maybe I stand a chance of achieving something halfway decent using this recipe at home??? Ruth Pretty NZ Lamb racks with…
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A night of gourmet NZ treats in NYC

This selection of snaps came from a delicious schmoozy evening I attended in New York last month. Nautilus wines are part of the “complexity” project – a small group of NZ’s top wine producers showcasing the quality and diversity of NZ’s wines in the USA. Through these connections I was invited to this event organised by New Zealand Tourism to encourage NYC’s travel writers and luxury travel…
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Post Vintage road trip

On Sunday the cellar crew drove down to Christchurch for some post vintage time out - well that was our excuse to go and see the Reds vs Crusaders Super 15 match.  While not a spectacular game at least the good guys won (yes that is the Crusaders) which meant we enjoyed the post match dinner at The Monday Room – great tapas and excellent wine and beer selection.  A…
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Pinot Noir 2013

Title: Pinot Noir 2013Location: Wellington Link out: Click hereDescription: One of the highlights of the Kiwi wine calendar, Pinot Noir 2013 is coming back to the Wellington waterfront 28-31 January 2012. For the first time, the programme will be split out into three regional venues so visitors can “experience” Marlborough, Central Otago and the other Artisan regions. Nautilus is excited to be a participant once…
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Time on our side

Well that was a vintage with a difference, 19 for me now and  I have never seen one like it. Tasting the ferments yesterday it is had to believe that two months ago we were preparing for the vintage from hell. At that stage we were looking at a near record late start and weather forecasts of a wet coool autumn. Instead, the heavens opened only for endless…
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