Events

Sake Masterclass
Monday 1 May 3.00pm

Learn about Japan’s most famous beverage, and clear up some of the many misunderstandings that swirl around this ancient art form. Through the course of the tasting we’ll cover grades, regionality, and the concepts around food matching.

Join Wayne Shennen sommelier and hospitality professional with over forty trips to Japan. Wayne has worked in three sakè breweries across Japan and is author of the ebook ‘Demystifying Sakè". 
Join Wayne as he spreads the good word about Japan’s national drink.
NZSWP members - FOC
Non Members: $25

Register online through http://foodandwine.arlo.co/register?sgid=6f54ec5c13b54bc4a83fc6e02148e010 - discount code 'NZSWP Member'

 

Family of Twelve: Flagship & New Direction tasting  Tuesday 23 February 2.30pm

In conjunction with the Family of Twelve, we invite you to join us at a tasting of Flagship & New Direction Wines.
Date: Tuesday 23 February 2017
Time: 3.00 - 5.30pm

Place ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey Street, Wynyard Quarter

Please register your place via our website.

Entry is free to members of the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals, please contact admin@foodandwine.co.nz for the website promotional code. 

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Villa Maria Comparative Chardonnay tasting with Chief Winemaker, Nick Picone  Monday 31 October 3.30pm

In conjunction with Villa Maria, we invite you to join us at Auckland's newest and hippest theatre to taste and learn about Villa Maria's Chardonnay from vineyards in Auckland, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Marlborough. 
This is a great opportunity for our members to meet Chief winemaker Nick Picone and gain a vintage update as well as tasting an impressive lineup of Villa's wines.
Date: Monday 31 October
Time: 3.30 - 5.30pm

Place ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey Street, Wynyard Quarter

Seats are limited so please email Celia ASAP celia@foodandwine.co.nz
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W&F Celebration  on Saturday 10 - Monday 12 of September

At the New Zealand School of Food and Wine 
We have this interesting Spanish chef who is making avant-garde tapas in Hong Kong, tasting room of NZ and Spanish wines, Urban Hangi, American BBQ plus Lyndey Milan, TV chef from Australia and former Food Director of the Australian Women’s Weekly.

NZ and Spanish Wine Room Tasting sessions

1. Sunday 11 September 12 - 5pm
You can also watch the finalist competing to win the awards.
Stay on for the Sommelier Awards Dinner with Saan Restaurant, click here to reserve a seat at this dinner.
2. Monday 12 September 4 - 8pm 
Click here for you complementary trade pass.

   

Travel Scholarship for NZ Somm or Junior Somm competitions

The Hospitality Training Trust has granted 12 travel scholarships of $200 to compete on September 11 in Auckland at the New Zealand School of Food and Wine.
If you live outside of the greater Auckland area, you can apply for this scholarship.
Click here to register for the competition.
Email us with your CV to apply for the Travel Scholarship.

Sake Masterclass with Dave Joll 

Monday 1st August, starts at 6pm 
NZD$20.00/ticket 
The Spire Hotel, 3-5 Church Lane, Queenstown

To book ticket to this tasting, please email queenstownsommeliersclub@gmail.com directly.



Italian Wines with Michael Palij MW

Saturday 6th August, 2:30-4:30pm 
Harlequin Public House, 32 Salisbury St, Christchurch 
NZD$60.00 for non-members, NZD$50 for members. 
NZSWP members, please use promotional code ‘10OFF’ to validate $10 discount.

To book ticket to this tasting, please click here.

 

Past Events

August 2016

NZSWP Training workshop - The art of wine service: building your career

Christchurch: training with Mike Bancks 

Monday 1st August, 2:30-4:30pm 
NZD$15.00/ticket 
The George Hotel, 50 Park Terrace, Christchurch

Queenstown: training with Mike Bancks 

Tuesday 2 August, 1:00-4pm 
NZD$15.00/ticket 
Sasso Restaurant, 16 Church St, Queenstown

Auckland: training with Andy Gladding

Wednesday 3 August, 2:30-4:30pm 
NZD$15.00/ticket 
NZSFW, Level 3, 104 Customs Street West, Auckland

 

July 2016

Hawkes Bay: launch and training with Mike Bancks 

Monday 25th July, 2:30-5pm 
Masonic Hotel, 2 Tennyson St, Napier

Wellington: training with Maciej Zimny

Tuesday 26th July, 1:00-4pm 
NZD$15.00/ticket 
Noble Rot, 6 Swan Ln, Te Aro, Wellington

 

June 2016

‘Playing With Aromatics’ Tasting and Launch of NZSWP Christchurch Satellite

371 St Asaph St, Central City, Christchurch
Monday 13-June-2016, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, NZD$40.00 for non-members, NZD$30 for members.

NZSWP members, please use promotional code '10OFF' to validate $10 discount.

 

May 2016

New Zealand Sparkling Wine Symposium

Learn more about New Zealand's innovative sparkling wines.

Level 3, Customs Street West, Viaduct, Auckland
Monday 16-May-2016, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, NZD$25.00. 

 

Orange Wine Tasting and Launch of NZSWP Queenstown Satellite

Sherwood Hotel, 554/558 Frankton Rd, Queenstown 
Sunday 1-May-2016, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, NZD$30.00. 

Stephen Wong MW has just recently been given the well deserved title of "Master of Wine" and will be in Queenstown to help launch the NZSWP - Queenstown Satellite. He will be conducting a tasting on Orange & Natural Wines and it should be a great tasting. 

 

April 2016

Orange Wine Tasting and Launch of NZSWP Wellington Satellite

Whitebait Private Room, 1 Clyde Quay Wharf, Wellington Waterfront
Thursday 7-Apr-2016, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, NZD$20.00.

Join Cameron Douglas MS and Stephen Wong MW for a flying visit through the world of orange wines (skin-fermented whites), covering the classic regions of Kakheti, Georgia and Friuli, Italy as well as Australia and four regions in New Zealand.

The tasting will span a range from friendly and fruit-driven to serious and challenging wines, all conducted in a forum discussion format. After the tasting, Cameron Douglas MS will be fielding questions about training as a sommelier, so if you have been wondering about getting certification, don't miss out on attending this event.

Tickets are only $20, as they are partly subsidised by the New Zealand Sommeliers & Wine Professionals Association (NZSWP) to celebrate the Wellington launch.

 

 

March 2016

NZSWP Launch  & Orange Wine Tasting

The New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Association (NZSWP) was officially launched on March 7, 2016 in Auckland. NZSWP is registered an incorporated society and is not for profit. Its primary goal is to create a community of people from around New Zealand working with wine, beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic), wine and beverage sales, wine and beverage marketing within the sectors of hospitality, wine, wine tourism, wine education, wine marketing and sales; to create a community of wine and beverage enthusiasts and people who share the values of the Association.

Founding committee members of the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Association (NZSWP) - Cameron Douglas MS (patron), Celia Hay (chair), Karen Fistonich, Stephen Wong MW (Wellington) and Claudio Heye (Central Otago).

The launch of NZSFW was celebrated with a fascinating tasting of ‘orange’ wines – white grapes transformed by using traditional red wine-making techniques such as fermenting on skins, often for considerable time; aged in clay amphora vessels with minimal sulphur.

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Mount Edward Clockwork Orange 2014 - equal blend of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay

Pyramid Valley Vineyards Growers Series Pinot Blanc/Pinot Gris/Gewurztraminer - Fermented on Skins Orange 2014

The Hermit Ram Skin Fermented Muller Thurgau 2015

Muddy Water Growers Series Skin Fermented Pinot Gris 2015

From Friuli in North-east Italy, we tried the indigenous grapes of Ribolla and Vitovska source via Framingham Vineyard winemaker Andrew Hedley:

Princic Ribolla Gialla 2011

Zidarich Vitovska 2011

From Georgia, Pheasant’s Tears Rkatsiteli 2011 one of the oldest known grapes, made in the traditional method using clay amphora (vessels) dug into the ground, covered and left to nature.

 

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NZ Sommelier & Wine Professionals launch with flavours of 'orange' wine

On March 7, Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas and Celia Hay proudly established the New Zealand Sommelier and Wine Professionals Association (NZSWP) . Our goal is to create a not for profit organisation to build a community of people from around New Zealand working with wine, beverages, wine and beverage marketing within the sectors of hospitality, wine, wine tourism, wine education, wine marketing and sales.

We are joined on our foundation committee with Karen Fistonich, chair of Villa Maria, Stephen Wong MW, NZ's newest Master of Wine, who will carry the torch in Wellington, Angela Clifford in Canterbury and Claudio Heye in Central Otago. Cameron, who is now travelling regularly to USA since his appointment to the Board of the Court of Master Sommeliers USA, will be patron and I will chair the association. Going forward, we will be able to join ASI, the world Association of Sommeliers International and be actively part of this community. In April, Mike Bancks from Craggy Range and I will travel to Mendoza, Argentina where Mike will represent New Zealand in the ASI Best Sommelier of the World competition.

We celebrated the launch of NZSWP with a tasting for the curious. There has been lots of talk about the merits (or lack of them) with the current fashion of ‘orange’ wines. And, these wines are not made from oranges, but white grapes transformed by using traditional red wine-making techniques such as fermenting on skins, often for considerable time; aged in clay amphora vessels with minimal sulphur. These methods are not commonly associated white wine making and now, around the world, we are seeing considerable experimentation with a host of different techniques. 

Winemaker Lynnette Hudson, who has earned her dynamic reputation as a part of the original Pegasus Bay team, took on the challenge of leading us through this tasting of local and international orange wines.

From Central Otago, Mount Edward Clockwork Orange 2014, a blend of Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.  Pyramid Valley Vineyards Growers Series Pinot Blanc/Pinot Gris/Gewurztraminer - fermented on skins 2014, The Hermit Ram skin fermented Muller Thurgau 2015 and Muddy Water Growers Series skin fermented Pinot Gris 2015.

From Friuli in North-East Italy, we tried the indigenous grapes of Ribolla and Vitovska: Princic Ribolla Gialla 2011, Zidarich Vitovska 2011. From Georgia, we tasted Pheasant’s Tears Rkatsiteli 2011, one of the oldest known grapes. This wine was made in the traditional method using clay amphora dug into the ground, covered and left to nature.

 

 

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