Ballet Banquet part 2

Here is the video from the Ballet Banquet. It is so beautiful I had to repost…  

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The Ballet Banquet

Nautilus Estate has proudly sponsored the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) now for a number of years. This year, in the RNZB’s 60th anniversary year, we wanted to do something a bit different to celebrate this amazing national treasure – today arguably at its height. Over a cheeky glass of Nautilus or two with Morven McAuley from Antipodes Water Company, the idea of the Ballet…
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A Mighty Meaty Feast at Cazador

Last Monday I finished work early and took a flight to Auckland. My mission: drive to Cazador in Balmoral for a Tasting Club dinner organised by the incredible girls from Gather and Hunt and the amazing family team at Cazador. What a night! At the door, Rebecca from Cazador welcomed me with a fab glass of our Nautilus Cuvee Brut NV, and I stepped through the…
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Dine & Family of Twelve “Finale” Winemaker’s Dinner – Best of the South Island

 The Family of Twelve, twelve of New Zealand’s most highly regarded, family owned, wineries have been running a series of winemaker’s dinners at the popular Dine by Peter Gordon restaurant in the Sky City complex in Auckland. These events have been so successful that the wineries are back for a two part finale. The “Best of the North Island” dinner will take place on Wednesday…
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Taste of Auckland

Taste of Auckland 2013

Claudia serving customers at Taste of Auckland When I got an email from Katy asking if I wanted to go to Taste of Auckland, I was sitting at my desk dreaming about not being at my desk, so I immediately said yes! This was such a good opportunity to represent the brand I love the most at one of the most prestigious Food and Wine…
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Nautilus Pinot & Silere Merino

Last week I had the privilege of attending a 6 course degustation dinner featuring Silere alpine origin merino.  Yes not only do these high country sheep produce remarkable wool but they taste pretty good as well.  Hosted by Silere at Hummingbird Eatery & Bar in Wellington with the very talented Chef Glen Taylor in the kitchen we were in for a treat.  Over the 6…
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Pinot Palooza Melbourne

I spent last week across the ditch in Melbourne & Sydney talking up all things Nautilus.  The excuse to go was the inaugural ‘Pinot Palooza’ in Melbourne – a Pinot Noir tasting extravaganza hosted by Dam Sims & Ben Edwards. This funky event featured a great sound track, Pinot princesses and roadies as helpers & a ‘rock star’ style guide for all the Pinots featured – is your Pinot David…
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UK winemakers tour

I am almost home from a hectic 2 week tour of the UK, with a small group of antipodian winemakers (2 kiwis, 4 aussies) and what a great 2 weeks it has been.  Travelling from Edinburgh to Manchester to London to Bristol then Glasgow, Whitby, Dartmouth and back to London showing off the wines of Nautilus Estate. This was the 1st time we have had…
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Cured venison with gingerbread croutons, matched with Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2001

Local pinot noir celebration held at Cloudy Bay Winery

Saturday was a fairly grey, rainy day here in Blenheim. So what better way to pass the day, than holed up in the barrel hall at Cloudy Bay with various wine industry colleagues and customers, tasting a selection of the best 2009 pinots, followed by a fantastic meal created by chef Des Harris from Auckland’s Clooney Restaurant. The tasting was led by Cloudy Bay winemaker…
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Kiwi Comfort for London Expats

  Ozone Coffee Roasters recently opened up near Old Street Tube station in London. The owners originally from New Plymouth, and the coffee roasting business has been going strong for some time, but this is their first cafe. Manager Lizzie previously from Pravda in Wellington, makes everyone feel welcome and all in all this is a fantastic outpost for kiwis overseas, looking for a little slice…
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