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Date Theme Hosts Wines
3 Dec 2016 Zinfandel Keith
  • Kemblefield 2007
  • The Big Top 2014
  • Sebastiani 2013
  • Ravenswood 2012
  • Earthquake 2013
15 Oct 2016 Chardonnay Bart & Kim
  • Veuve Laperrière Blanc de Blancs Brut
  • Cecilia Vintage methodé
  • Te Awanga Estate 2015
  • Odyssey Reserve Iliad 2014
  • Millton Opou Vineyard 2015
  • Tony Bish Golden Egg 2015
23 July 2016 Gewürtztraminer Ross & Kelly
  • Siefried 2014 (Nelson)
  • Johanneshof 2014 (Marlborough)
  • Matawhero 2015 (Gisborne)
  • Vin d’Alsace 2014 (France)
  • Brennan 2008 (Gibbston)
4 Jun 2016 French Soon & Fern
  • Domaine Le Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras ‘Les Clefs d’Or’ 2014
  • Seguinot Chablis 2012
  • J.V. Fleury GSM 2011
  • Château des Fines Roches Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011
  • Domaine Charvin Côtes-du-Rhône 2009
  • Château Jolys Jurançon
  • Château Villefranche Sauternes 2012
23 Apr 2016 Rosé Revel & Jo
  • Cambridge Road Martinborough 2015 [papillon]
  • Tono Rosado HB 2015
  • Margrain Pinot Rose Marlborough 2015
  • Julicher Martinborough 2014
  • Mission Estate HB 2015
20 Feb 2016 Pinot Noir Keith
  • Rapaura Springs Reserve PN 2014 (C Otago)
  • Peregrine PN 2012 (C Otago)
  • Argyle Reserve PN 2011 (Willamette Valley)
  • Felton Road Cornish Point PN 2009 (C Otago)
  • Felton Road PN 2007 (C Otago)
27 Nov 2015 Happy Thanksgiving! Kim & Bart
  • Daniel Le Brun methode NV
  • Margrain Pinot Rose Martinborough 2015 – everyone’s favourite rose
  • Chateau de Fesles Rose d’Anjou “La Chapelle” 2014
  • Palliser Estate Chardonnay 2001 – smelled like canned peas to me
  • Te Mata Elston Chardonnay 2013
  • Pierre Jourdan (S.A.) Ratafia
  • Loosen Bros “Dr L” Riesling 2014
  • Mission Estate Late Harvest 2014
2 Oct 2015 Friday night food & wine Ross & Kelly
  • Daniel Le Brun methode NV
  • Brancott Estate Terroir Series Awatere Valley Pinot Gris 2015
  • Akarua Rua Pinot Noir 2014
  • Mills Reef Reserve Syrah 2014
  • Domaine de la Janasse Cotes du Rhone 2013
29 Aug 2015 Outing to Apero
27 June 2015  Spain Soon & Fern
  • Palacios La Montesa Rioja 2011
  • Palacios La Vendimia Rioja 2013
  • Rojo Garnacha 2013
  • Godelia Seleccion
  • Fructus Brut Reserva
16 May 2015 pizza & wine match Ross & Kelly
  • Lamborghini Umbria Era Sangiovese 2010
  • Wolf Blass Gold Label Riesling 2009
  • Esk Valley Merlot Malbec Cab Sauv Reserve HB 2013
  • Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cab Sauv 2011
  • Te Mata Awatea Cabernets/Merlot 2010
21 Mar 2015 Sauvignon blanc Revel & Jo
  • Villa Maria SB Reserve 2012
  • Villa Maria SB Southern Clays 2013
  • Maison Robert & Fils Domaine Du Vieux Preche Sancerre 2013
  • Saint Clair SB Swamp Block Pioneer Block 2 2014
  • Saint Clair SB Reserve Wairau 2014
7 Feb 2015 Riesling Keith
15 Nov 2014 Gimblett Gravels Kim & Bart
  • Trinity Hill Chardonnay 2012 (GG)
  • Mills Reef Reserve Merlot Malbec 2012 (GG)
  • Vidal Reserve Syrah 2007 (HB)
  • Craggy Range Single Vineyard Syrah 2007; Block 14 (GG)
  • Craggy Range Single Vineyard Syrah 2011 (GG)
20 Sept 2014 Election special – Celebrate NZ Soon & Fern
  • Elephant Hill Viognier 2013 (HB)
  • Te Mata Estate Elston Chardonnay 2011 (HB)
  • Johanneshof Gewurtstraminer 2013 (Marlborough)
  • Elephant Hill Syrah 2013 (HB)
  • Cloudy Bay Pinot Gris 2009
  • Mount Dottrel Pinot Noir 2010 (Central Otago)
  • Spy Valley Envoy Noble Riesling 2010 (Marlborough)
2 Aug 2014 Bordeaux style Ross & Kelly
  • Chateau Grand Village Bordeaux 2011
  • Richemont Bordeaux 2010
  • Puriri Hills Mokoroa 2011 (Clevedon) – Merlot, Cab sauv, Malbec, Carmenere
  • Morton Estate Cellar Aged Merlot Cab Sauv 2010 (HB)
  • Te Mata Awatea 2009 (HB)
7 June 2014 Auckland region Revel & Jo
  • Man O’ War Exiled 2013 (Pinot gris)
  • Artisan Oratia Chardonnay 2006
  • Puriri Hills 2013 Rosé
  • Passage Rock Syrah 2012
  • Puriri Hills 2008 Estate
  • Jurassic Ridge Cab Franc 2008
  • Huapai Montepulciano ‘Guido in Velvet Pants’ 2012
3 May 2014 The USA Keith & Anne
  • 14 Hands Hot to Trot white blend 2012
  • Qupé Bien Nacido Cuvee 2012
  • Opolo Mountain Zinfandel 2012
  • Ravens Wood Zinfandel Vinters Blend 2011
  • Sebastiani Zinfandel 2009
  • Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
15 Feb 2014 Pinot Noir Kim & Bart
  • Shingle Peak 2012
  • Thistle Ridge Waipara 2012
  • Ata Rangi 2011
  • VM Cellar Selection Marlborough 2009
  • Mountfort 2008 Waipara
  • Taylors Jeremain Adelaide Hills Yarra Valley 2008
9 Nov 2013 Weird whites Soon & Fern
  • Soave clasico
  • Contrapunto albariño
  • Cooper’s Creek Albariño
  • Matawhero Arnais
  • Cooper’s Creek Gruber veltleiner
  • Viognier
  • Vouvray
  • TWR
  • That dessert wine, with Soon’s cake
28 Sept 2013 Hawke’s Bay Ross & Kelly
  • Esk Valley Pinot Gris 2012
  • Esk Valley Chardonnay 2012
  • Coopers Creek Swamp Reserve Chardonnay 2008
  • Trinity Hill Tempranillo 2007
  • Vidal Reserve Syrah 2007
  • CJ Pask Cab Merlot Malbec 2008
  • Two Gates Omahu 2007
  • and the sticky
27 July 2013 Mediterranean reds Revel & Jo
  • house sangria, Kiwi-style
  • Hécula Monastrell 2009 – a very close second
  • La Montesa Rioja 2009 – the favourite
  • Artadi Tempranillo 2010
  • Bonizio Toscana 2010
8 June 2013 Rose Keith & Anne
  • Sileni Cellar Selection Cab Franc Rose 2012 (HB)
  • Trinity Hill Rose 2012
  • Saint Clair Pinot Gris Rose 2012
  • Wooing Tree Rose 2012 (C Ot)
  • Tatty Bogler Pinot Noir Rose 2010 (C Ot)
  • Wooing Tree Tickled Pink (dessert Rose) 2010 (C Ot)
4 May 2013 Chardonnay Bart & Kim
  • Morton Estate 2003 Hawke’s Bay – very passable
  • Forrest 2010 Marlborough – ok
  • Seresin Reserve 2009 Marlborough – nice, and something about organic hippies
  • Kumeu River 2010 Estate – very acidic, not very characteristic C
  • Neudorf Twenty Five Rows 2011 – classy
9 Mar 2013 Aussie reds Ross & Kelly
  • Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cab Sauv 2010 – sage on nose
  • Shot in the Dark Shiraz Petite Syrah 2010
  • Wolf Blass Gold Label Barossa Shiraz 2010
  • Boutique Wine Co McLaren Vale Old Vine Shiraz 2009
  • Penfolds Bin 407 Cab Sauv 2006
2 Feb 2013 Pinot gris Revel & Jo
  • Esk Valley (Hawke’s Bay) PG 2013 – fabulous
  • Kumeu River PG 2009 0 not a favourite
  • Rockburn (Cent Otago) PG 2010
  • Willy Gisselbrecht (Alsace) PG 2011
  • Paper Lane (Waipara) PG 2012
15 Dec 2012 Xmas bubbles Susan & David
  • Deutz
  • Quartz Reef
  • Beaumet (France)
  • Piper
  • Moet
  • Dibon
  • then the damson liqueur with Deutz…
20 Oct 2012 Otago whites Keith & Anne
  • Hell or Highwater Central Otago Pinot Gris 2009
  • Mt Difficulty Pinot Gris 2010
  • Akarua Pinot Gris 2011
  • Rockburn Spitfire Gewurtztraminer 2011
  • Chard Farm Judge & Jury Chardonnay 2010
25 Aug 2012 a favourite wine Bart & Kim
  • Daniel Le Brun (sparkling)
  • Morton Estate (sparkling)
  • Allan Scott Sauv Blanc 2011 (Marlborough)
  • Johanneshof Gewurtztraminer 2011
  • Seresin Reserve Chardonnay 2008 (Marlborough)
  • d’Arenberg The Laughing Magpie [Shiraz/Viognier] 2009 (McLaren Vale)
  • Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2010 (Barossa Valley)
  • Ridge Geyserville 2006 [Zinfandel blend]
16 June 2012 Shiraz Ross & Kelly
  • 30 Mile Shiraz 2008
  • Wolf Blass President’s Selection Shiraz 2008 ×2
  • Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2009
  • Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2008
  • Peter Lehmann Shiraz/Grenache 2010
  • Shot In The Dark Shiraz/Petite Syrah 2008
28 Apr 2012 obscure reds Jo & Revel (records fail me)
10 Mar 2012 Gisborne whites Keith & Anne
  • Huntaway Pinot Gris 2011
  • Stone Bridge PG 2010
  • Brancott Patutahi Gewurtz 2009
  • Matawhero Arneis 2009
  • Odyssey Chardonnay 2009
  • Brunton Road Chardonnay 2009
  • Tolaga Bay Chardonnay 2011 “lightly oaked”
21 Jan 2012 Wairarapa region David & Susan
  • Tora Bay single vineyard Reserve SB 2011
  • Dry River Pinot Gris 2002
  • Te Kairanga Pinot Noir 2009
  • Te Tera Pinot Noir 2008
  • Te Kauranga Pinot Noir Reinholder 2007
26 Nov 2011 Election special / Riesling Ross & Kelly
  • Coopers Creek 2009 Mister Phebus (Marlborough)
  • Villa Maria 2008 Cellar Selection (Marlborough)
  • Villa Maria 2000 Private Bin (Marlborough)
  • Dry River 2003 (Martinborough)
  • Peregrine 2008 (Central Otago)
  • Loosen Brothers 2009 “Dr. L” (Mosel, Germany)
24 Sept 2011 NZ v. France Côtes du Rhône / Syrah Bart & Kim
  • Syrah de Chevalier 2007 Laroche
  • Silks Ngatarawa 2007 Hawke’s Bay
  • Le Ventabren 2009 Cairanne Côtes du Rhône
  • Trinity Hill 2008 Gimblett Gravels Syrah
  • Man O’ War Dreadnought 2008
20 Aug 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Revel & Jo
  • The Cover Drive 2008 Member’s Ticket
  • Penfolds Bin 407 2008 (South Australia)
  • Wolf Blass 2007 (Coonawarra)
  • Charles Melton 2003 (Barossa)
  • Unison 2001 (Hawke’s Bay) – Merlot-predominant
25 Jun 2011 bubbles & Mid-winter Xmas Keith & Anne
  • Kowhai Point Pinot Gris 2008
  • Louis Roederer Brut (France)
  • Deutz Brut
  • Morton Estate Brut
  • Cloudy Bay Pelorus
  • Verde Chardonnay/Pinot Noir
28 May 2011 Auckland-area wineries Susan & David
  • Villa Maria Ihumatao Vineyard Gewurtztraminer 2005
  • Man O’ War Pinot Gris 2010 (Ponui Island)
  • Vable Bay Chardonnay 2007 (Waiheke Island)
  • Vin Alto Merlot Montepulciano 2006
  • Ransom Dark Summit 2005 (Matakana)
  • Obsidian 1999 (Waiheke Island)
16 Apr 2011 the Wairarapa region Bart & Kim
  • Te Kairanga Sauvignon Blanc 2009
  • Alana Estate Riesling 2007 – petrol mineral nose
  • Dry River Riesling 2000
  • Ata Rangi Pinot Gris 2010
  • Te Kairanga Chardonnay 2009
  • Te Tera Pinot Noir 2008
  • Te Tera Pinot Noir 2006
12 Feb 2011 your favourite Sauvignon blanc Revel & Jo
  • Palliser Estate 1999 SB
  • Villa Maria 2008 SB Maxwell vineyard
  • Discovery Point 2009 Marlborough SB
  • Brancott 2010 Marlborough SB
  • Saint Clair 2010 SB
  • Saint Clair 2010 Pioneer Block SB
  • Astrolabe 2010 SB Voyager
30 Oct 2010 the Central Otago region Ross & Kelly
  • Rabbit Ranch (Central Otago) Pinot gris 2008
  • Akarua CO Pinot gris 2009
  • Chard Farm Closeburn Chardonnay 2008
  • Brennan Pinot noir 2009 (cleanskin)
  • Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot noir 2009
  • Devil’s Staircase CO Pinot noir 2009
  • Black Quail Estate Pinot noir 2008
25 Sept 2010 Pinot gris 2009 Keith & Anne
  • Akarua (Central Otago)
  • Church Road (Hawke’s Bay)
  • Forrest
  • Gate 20 Two
  • Shingle Peak
  • Starborough
7 Aug 2010 Italian wines Susan & David
  • Bolla Soave 2007 – disliked
  • Orvieto Classico 2008 (Cecchi)
  • Villa Borgetti Valpolicella 2008
  • Vitiano Falesco 2008
  • Messer Pietro di Teuzzo Chianti Classico 2005 (Cecchi)
  • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2008
  • Chianti Classico 2007 (Cecchi)
  • Nero D’Avola Merlot 2007

Grace Jones v. Linda Hamilton – who would win?

3 July 2010 Chardonnay Bart & Kim
  • Voss, details not recorded
  • Felten Road Bannockburn (Central Otago), vintage not recorded
  • Westbrook 2007
  • Moana Park vineyard selection Grange Block 2009
  • Delegat Reserve Hawke’s Bay 2007
  • Nga Waka Martinborough 2007
  • Escarpment 2007

Paramore – The Only Exception (video)

8 May 2010 around the world Revel & Jo
  • Asia – sake!
  • Europe – Willy Giddelbrecht Pinot Gris 2008 (Alsace)
  • North America – Cristom Mt Jefferson Pinot Noir 2007 (Willamette Valley)
  • South America – Viña Tarapaca Ex-Zavala Carménère Gran Reserva 2003 (Chile)
  • Europe – Chateau Roustaing Bordeaux 2006 (Bordeaux)
  • Africa – KWV Shiraz 2007 (South Africa)
  • Australia – d’Arenberg “The High Trellis” Cab Sav 2006

Florence & the Machine – “Lung”

13 Mar 2010 food-wine matching Ross & Kelly
  • Montana Reserve Sauvignon Gris 2009
  • Stonecroft Chardonnay 2005 with smoked fish pies, and tomato & avocado salad
  • Peregrine Pinot Gris 2008 with Thai beef salad
  • Sacred Hill Chardonnay 2009 with mushroom-stuffed chicken
  • Charles Melton Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (Barossa Valley) with 4 B salad: beef, beetroot, blueberry, and balsamic vinegar
  • Tirohana Estate ice wine 2006 (Gisborne) with pavlovas with orange yogurt and passionfruit
23 Jan 2010 Rosé & _The Lovely Bones_ Keith & Anne
  • Sergio Mionetto Rosé Vino Spumanto Rosato (Pinot-predominant)
  • Ata Rangi Summer Rosé 2009 (Merlot-predominant)
  • Corazon single vineyard Rosé 2009
  • Rockburn Central Otago Stolen Kiss 2007 (Pinot-predominant)
  • Matua Valley North Island Rosé 2009
  • Ascension The Rosarian Rosé Matakana 2008 (Syrah-predominant)
  • Artisan Oratia Rosé 2008 (Syrah-predominant)
  • (oxidized!) Saratoga Estate (Waiheke) Rosé 2003
26 Nov 2009 the Barossa Valley region Susan & David
  • Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling 2000 – mineral, kerosene
  • Charles Melton Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
  • Elderton Friends vineyard series Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
  • Kaesler Stonehorse Shiraz Grenache Merlot 2007 – two bottles
  • Cat Amongst the Pigeons Nine Lives Shiraz 2007
  • Wallace (by Ben Glaetzer) Shiraz Grenache 2008
  • Peter Lehmann Shiraz 2006
19 Sept 2009 the Gimblett Gravels region Bart & Kim
  • Trinity Hill Viogner 2006
  • Babich Irongate Chardonnay 2005
  • Trinity Hill Chardonnay 2007
  • Stonecroft Syrah 2007
  • Craggy Range Block 14 Syrah 2007
  • Craggy Range Te Kahu Merlot/Cab Franc/Cab Sauv/Malbec 2007
  • Esk Valley Merlot/Cab Sauv/Malbec 2007
25 July 2009 Viognier Revel & Jo Susan & David drove!

  • Hans Herzog Viognier 2006 (Marlborough)
  • Zilzie Viognier 2007 (Australia)
  • Te Mata Woodthorpe Viognier 2006 (Hawke’s Bay)
  • Sticks Syrah Viognier 2008 %2xAustralia)
  • Bilancia Syrah Viognier 2007 (Hawke’s Bay)
  • d’Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2006 (McLaren Vale)

Interview questions from Microsoft and other tech companies

6 Jun 2009 Merlot & blends Ross & Kelly
  • VM Merlot/Cab Sav Hawke’s Bay Cellar Selection 2007
  • Craggy Range single vineyard Merlot Gimblett Gravels 2006
  • Montana Merlot Hawke’s Bay Reserve 2006
  • Goldwater Merlot Gimblett Gravels 2006
  • Sileni The Triangle Merlot Hawke’s Bay 2005
  • Askerne Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Hawke’s Bay 2006
  • Rongopai Malbec/Merlot Vintage Reserve 2000
25 Apr 2009 Gewürtztraminer Keith & Anne
  • Dry River (Martinborough) 2003 – very yellow, peary, sweet
  • Villa Maria East Coast Private Bin 2008 – light
  • Pipers Brook (Tasmania) 2008 – acidic
  • Corbans Private Bin (Hawke’s Bay) 2007 – classic style but unexciting, very oily
  • Villa Maria Hawke’s Bay/Gisborne Reserve 2004 – a little acidic – breaks through oiliness
  • Seifried Nelson 2007
28 Feb 2009 Cabernet sauvignon & blends Susan & David
  • Te Mata Woodthorpe 2002 cab merlot
  • Obsidian 2000 (Waiheke)
  • Eppalock Ridge 2001 Heathcote cab merlot
  • Charles Melton 2003 Barossa Valley cab sav – widely loved
  • Taylors 80 Acre cab shiraz merlot
  • Pepperjack 2007 cab sav – needs a few years but already lovely
31 Jan 2009 Bubbles & BBQ Bart & Kim
  • Morton Estate Brut NV – with pomegranate molasses & pips
  • Mount Riley Savée (sav blanc) 2008
  • Pol Gessner Brut NV (France)
  • Lucien Albrecht Crémant D’Alsace NV
  • Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2004
  • Daniel le Brun methode Brut NV
  • Allan Scott Cecelia Reserve NV
8 Nov 2008 Sauvignon blanc (election special) Revel & Jo
  • cleanskin SB non-vintage (HB/Marlborough)
  • Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley SB 2007 (Marlborough)
  • Villa Maria Reserve Clifford Bay SB 2007 (Marlborough)
  • Saint Clair Pioneer Block SB 2008 (Marlborough) – sulfury
  • Cape Crest Te Mata Estate SB 2007 (HB) – nutty, less typical SB
  • Renato SB 2007 (Nelson) – sweaty smell
  • Cloudy Bay Te Koko SB 2005 (Marlborough) – buttery, Chardonnay-like
  • Cono Sur SB 2007 (Chile) – asparagus smell, not long on the palate
4 Oct 2008 Shiraz Ross & Kelly
  • Mission Estate Reserve Syrah 2006 (Hawke’s Bay)
  • Sacred Hill Syrah 2006 (Gimblett Gravels)
  • Mills Reef Elspeth Syrah 2002 (Gimblett Gravels)
  • Matua Valley Bullrush vineyard Syrah 2003 (HB)
  • Charles Melton Shiraz 2003 (Barossa Valley)
  • Peerick Shiraz 2000 (Victorian Pyrenees, Aus)
23 Aug 2008 Pinot Gris 2007 Keith & Anne
  • Goldridge Estate Premium Reserve (Matakana) – not a lot of flavour?
  • Waimea (Nelson) – bitter? apricoty?
  • Stoneleigh (Marlborough) – less intense than Waimea
  • Triplebank (Marlborough)
  • William Thomas Wines (Marlborough) – lychee: “that fruit smell that’s different than those other fruit smells”
  • Villa Maria single vineyard: Taylors Pass (Marlborough)
28 June 2008 a mostly-Riesling cellar cleanout Susan & David
    nice:

  • Smaragd 1994 Wachau von den steinterrassen grünerveltliner
  • Sepp Moser 1997 Hochgebling Riesling (Rohrendorf)
  • Framingham 2000 Marlborough Dry Riesling
  • Alpha Domus 2005 Leonarda late harvest Semillon (Hawke’s Bay)
    okay:

  • Weingut Kruger-Rumpf 1994 Münsterer Pittersberg Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken – cat pee on an engine block
  • Weingut Mühlenhof Winzermeister Ludwig Eser 1993 Rheingau Riesling Kabinett-Halbtrochen – first bottle corked, second bottle OK
    ewww:

  • Nigl Grüner Veltliner Gürtling 1998 Kremstal/Österrich – not much there; very dry
  • Winkler-Hermaden 1996 Traminer Ried Kirchleiten Knpfenstein Südoststeiermark Österreich – cork smelled like brown sugar; poured out
  • Winkler-Hermaden 1998 Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc) “Steirische Klassik” Südoststeiermark Österreich – past it; no fruit flavors
17 May 2008 Chardonnay Bart & Kim
  • (French bubbles to celebrate many successes)
  • Step Sciences Limited Ch. 2007 (Pukekoe) – first light selection: a wine not treated with sulfur dioxide, where UV light and ascorbate were used instead to kill bacteria
  • Fat Cat Ch. 2007 – good nose
  • Esk Valley Ch. 2006 (Hawke’s Bay) – less obvious nose
  • Te Mata Woodthorpe vineyard Ch. 2006 (Hawke’s Bay)
  • Pierre André Bourgogne Ch. Reserve 2005 (France)
  • Church Road Ch. 2006 (Hawke’s Bay) – classic Ch. characters
  • Dry River Ch. 2002 (Martinborough)
  • Palliser Estate Noble Ch. 2005 (Martinborough) – with dessert

Music selection: Bobby McFerrin, Grace Jones, Steely Dan, The The, The Who Links to enjoy: Thinkgeek for the best geeky t-shirts (like this one) and other items Songs as graphs (at the Herald, and a Flickr gallery full)

5 Apr 2008 pizza & wine match Ross & Kelly
  • Eradus Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (Marlborough)
  • Forrest Estate Pinot Gris 2007 (Marlborough)
  • Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir 2006 (Central Otago)
  • Castel Giocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2000 (Italy)
  • Stonecroft Syrah 2002 (Hawke’s Bay)
  • Peter Lehmann Clancy’s Shiraz Cab Sav Merlot 2004 (Barossa)

pizzas:

  • spicy salami, ham, anchovy, mild Peppardew peppers
  • lamb, courgette, and chutney
  • lamb satay with rocket
  • proscuitto, olives, mozzarella, and rocket
23 Feb 2008 Rosé Keith & Anne
  • Lake Chalice Cracklin’ Rosie pinot rosé 2007 (crown cap) (Marlborough)
  • Ata Rangi Summer Rosé 2004
  • Clearview Estate Black Reef Blush 2007 (Hawke’s Bay)
  • Trinity Hill Rosé 2007 (Hawke’s Bay) – by John Hancock
  • Martinborough Vineyard Rosé 2006
  • Palliser Estate Noble Chardonnay 2005 (Martinborough) – with Susan’s apricot/nectarine tart
11 Jan 2007 (Friday) numerous Susan & David nibbles Dry River Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (Martinborough) Sileni Cellar Selection Riesling 2004 (Hawke’s Bay) Church Road Reserve Chardonnay 2005 (Hawke’s Bay) eye fillet Mission Estate Syrah 2005 (Hawke’s Bay) Charles Melton Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (Barossa Valley) – solventy Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 1999 pavlova Dry River 2000 Chardonnay (Martinborough)
24 Nov 2007 match food & wine as you like to BBQ pork loin Bart & Kim
    • Ata Rangi summer rosé (merlot-predom.)
    • Camshorn Classic Riesling 2007 (Waipara, Glasnevin Gravels) – Air NZ gold
    • Nigl Urgesteins-Riesling 1996

(dinner)

    • Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2002
    • Clearview Reserve Chardonnay 2001 (Hawke’s Bay)
    • Liquid Asset Shiraz Grenache Viognier 2003 (McLaren Vale)

(dessert)

  • Siefried Riesling ice wine 2006 (Nelson)
13 Oct 2007 Pinot Noir Ross & Kelly Akarua The Gullies Pinot Noir 2006 (Central Otago) Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2003 (Central Otago) Dog Point Pinot Noir 2005 (Marlborough) Labouré-Roi Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir … Waimea Pinot Noir 2004 Neudorf Moutere Reserve Pinot Noir 1997
8 Sept 2007 Pinot gris Keith & Anne
    • Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Kitterlé 2001 Pinot Gris (Alsace) – fruity and sweet
    • Neudorf Pinot Gris 2003 (Nelson)
    • Siefried Pinot Gris 2006 (Nelson)
    • Kathy Lynskey Wines Marlborough single vineyard Pinot Gris 2006 – oilier, Gewürtz-like
    • Forrest Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2007 – pear!, honey, lychee, very fruity
    • Villa Maria Cellar Selection Late Harvest Pinot Gris 2002 (Marlborough)

Kim’s potato rosti: 1/2 kilogram Agria potatoes, grated and pressed of liquid 1 Tbsp. flour 1 tsp. salt pepper to taste trace of peanut oil for cooking Combine all dry ingredients and press into the bottom of a nonstick skillet, cooking for about 15 min. Remove and cut to your liking before the rosti cools.

14 July 2007 Fondue fun Susan & David Oil, cheese, and caramel fondues with many yummy things to dipSiefried Nelson gewürtztraminer 2006 Dry River gewürtztraminer 2001 Kim Crawford SP (small parcel) Park Lands Vineyard gewürtztraminer 2005 Siefried gewürtztraminer 2006 Winemaker’s Collection (Nelson) – lychee, rose petals Cooper’s Creek Swamp Reserve Chardonnay 2006 (Hawke’s Bay) Mission Estate Chardonnay ice wine 200X
9 June 2007 Cab/Merlot blends Bart & Kim Te Mata Estate Awatea 1994 (C-M; Hawke’s Bay) Te Mata Estate Coleraine 2000 (C-M; Hawke’s Bay) – “magical” Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery 1999 Reserve Cab-Merlot (Canada) – acetone nose, “cheek wobble” Obsidian 1999 Cab-Merlot (Waiheke) – well-liked d’Arenberg The High Terraces 2004 (Cab Sav; McLaren Vale) – nice; young, berry taste Sacred Hill Basket Press 2005 (M-C; Hawke’s Bay) – spicy, huge tannins Villa Maria 2005 Merlot/Cab Sav Cellar Selection (Hawke’s Bay) – easy to drink now
21 Apr 2007 Pinot Noir Ross & Kelly Akarua The Gullies PN 2003 – Bannockburn, Central Otago Chard Farm Finla Mor PN 1999 – Central Otago Crossroads Reserve PN 2001 – Hawke’s Bay Murdoch James Estate Fraser PN 1998 Neudorf PN 1999 – Moutere (Nelson)
17 Feb 2007 Riesling Keith & Anne Forrest Estate 2006 The Doctor’s Riesling – sweet and fruity Serecin 2004 Riesling (Marlborough) – dry, might age well – “hallway wine” Vavasour 2002 Riesling – nicely balanced, fruit roundness Nga Waka 2002 Riesling (Martinborough) – dry Dry River 2000 Riesling – well balanced Villa Maria 1996 Private Bin Riesling – balanced
25 Nov 2006 holiday special Susan & David Pasqua Proseco Valdobbiadene Brut NV (Italy) Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV? Waipara Hills Pinot Blanc 2002 Alan McCorkindale Blanc de Blanc NV? Arcadia Brut NV Deutz Vino Sancto rose dessert wine (Italy)Of interest for cataloguing your wine: CellarTracker CueCat barcode readers at LibraryThing
14 Oct 2006 stickies Bart & Kim Chateau La Tour Blanche Sauternes 1997 (botr. Semillon) Stonecroft Hawke’s Bay late-harvest Gewürtz 2005 Cookoothama botrytis Semillon 2003 Ata Rangi Kahu botrytis Riesling 2003 Villa Maria noble Riesling 1999 Botrytis Selection Siefried Nelson Riesling ice wine 2005 Winemaker’s Collection
2 Sept 2006 Reds under $25 (no straight Shiraz or Pinot) Richard & Lesley A=2: Geoff Merrill McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre 2002 (45%, 45%, 10%) B=4: Wirra Wirra Vineyards McLaren Vale Grenache 2003 C=5: Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cab Sav Cab Franc Malbec 2000 (59%, 26%, 8%, 7%) D=1: Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rúfina E=3: Haselgrove Mourvèdre Viognier Shiraz 2004Blind tasting tally:

Wines A B C D E
1 1 0 2 6 0
2 3 2 2 0 1
3 1 2 0 1 6
4 3 4 0 0 2
5 1 1 5 2 0
8 July 2006 Gewürztraminer Ross & Kelly Dry River 1998 – cloyingly sweet Waipara Hills 2005 Marlborough “Turkish Delight”, less sweet La Strada 2000 Marlborough – oxidized Corbans 2004 Hawke’s Bay Private Bin – dry Patutahi 2002 Gisborne Matua Valley Judd Estate 2004 Gisborne funky nose; malic acid? sharp on the back palate Vin Optima Ormond Reserve 2003 – Nick Nobilo Stonecroft 2003 Hawke’s Bay – very dry
12 May 2006 Wine & cheese match Keith & Anne Montana Patutahi Estate Gewürztraminer 2004 Whitestone Blue Lovely wine and the cheese went well with it Stonecroft Gewurtztraminer 2003 Caracas cumin gouda A mineral tasting wine and nice cheese Dry River Pinot Gris 2002 Havarti cheese with pear and hazelnut paste Cheese and paste were great together Chard Farm Finla Mor Pinot Noir 2003 Comte with fig paste That cheese was beautiful and the wine was a good match Rockburn Pinot Noir 2003 Whitestone Brie One of Keith’s favourite wines; the cheese was smooth and creamy
1 Apr 2006 Food-wine-music matching Susan & David David: Strawberry daquiris with angels on horseback listening to “Tropical Paradise” from the Sydney Opera House collection frivolous Bart & Kim: Lindauer Special Reserve with blueberries (bouncing up and down in the glasses) listening to “The Diva Dance” from The Fifth Element ST indulgent Kelly & Ross: Matua Matheson Syrah 2004 (preferred) & Goldridge Matakana Syrah 2004 with thai beef salad in cucumber cups listening to “Que Sera Sera” by Doris Day que syrah syrah Bart & Kim: Atarangi Martinborough Syrah 2002 with angels on horseback (pigs on the wing) listening to “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” from Animals by Pink Floyd great blend of syrah & ‘pigs on the wing’ Susan: Castiglioni Chianti 2003 with proscuitto, tomato, mozarella, rocket & tapenade bruschetta listening to “Nessun dorma” by Andrea Bocelli great atmosphere & combination Keith & Anne: Cookoothama Botrytis Semillon 2004 with chocolate mousse listening to “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones sweet & delightful An added bonus: homographs, homophones, and homonyms
2 Dec 2005 Christmas bubbles Ross & Kelly Allendorf Privat Trocken 1997 (Germany) No. 1 Blanc de Blanc Cuvée NV Daniel Le Brun Methode Traditionelle Brut NV Drappier Carte-D’or Champagne Brut NV (France) Morton Estate Methode Traditionelle Premium Brut NV Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV and that wonderful cognac!
4 Nov 2005 Food-wine pairs Bart & Kim Saratoga Rose 2004 with scallop & noodle salad Zilzie Viognier 2004 with scallop & terakihi in lime butter jus Stony Batter Sauvignon Blanc 2004 with mussels in wine sauce, and bread Palliser Estate Riesling 2001? with spicy chicken cakes + chilli & capsicum jam Te Mata Baunose Syrah 2001 with cheese & olives
17 Sept 2005 Election special! Forgotten whites Keith & Anne Domaine Jolibon Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne (Ugni-Blanc) 2004 d’Arenberg “The Money Spider” Roussanne 2004 Vineland Estates (Niagara Peninsula) Gewürtztraminer 1995 Ultimo Viognier 2004 Trentham Viognier 2003 Sileni Estates Semillon 2002
30 July 2005 Vertical: Villa Maria Reserve Chardonnays Susan & David VM Cellar Selection Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2004 VM Waikahu (HB) Chardonnay 2002 VM Reserve HB Chardonnay 1999 VM Reserve HB Chardonnay 1998 VM Reserve barrique-fermented Chardonnay 1994
4 June 2005 Food-wine pairs Bart & Kim Neudorf Moutere Riesling 2003 Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2004 Babich East Coast Semillon Chardonnay 2004 Ata Rangi Cèlébre 1994 Ata Rangi Cèlébre 2000 Saints Noble Semillon 2003
9 Apr 2005 Grenache (and blends) Ross & Kelly Baltasar Gracián Garnacha Vendimia Seleccionada 2003 Maison Galhaud Grenache Noir 2001 Le Plasier Domaine Mas Amiel Grenache Noir 2001 – corked d’Arenberg McLaren Vale Stump Jump 2004 d’Arenberg Derelict Grenache 2002 Wirra Wirra McLaren Vale Grenache 2002
12 Feb 2005 Rosé Bart & Kim
10 Dec 2004 Sauvignon Blanc Keith & Anne
9 Oct 2004 Pinot Gris Susan & David
14 Aug 2004 Cab/Merlot Bart & Kim
17 July 2004 Gewürtztraminer Robin
26 May 2004 “weird reds” Ross & Kelly
24 Apr 2004 Chardonnay Keith & Anne
6 Mar 2004 Méthode champenoise Susan & David
22 Nov 2003 Margaritas Bart & Kim
13 Sept 2003 Pinot Noir Ross & Kelly
26 July 2003 Riesling Susan & David
7 June 2003 Shiraz Bart & Kim

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