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New Zealand Wine Guide (2nd ed) book launch

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Recently we were able to celebrate the launch with a wine tasting (naturally) and a guest appearance by the illustrious wine maker and winery photographer, Kevin Judd.

"Kevin's photos provide evocative and meaningful illustrations of the story of New Zealand wine," says Celia Hay, author of the New Zealand Wine Guide. As founding winemaker and later general manager of Cloudy Bay, Kevin has a unique perspective on the development of New Zealand's dynamic wine sector. Kevin has gone on to found Greywacke with his wife Kimberley, in Marlborough.

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Kevin Judd, Live from Marlborough, discusses this image of vine pruning during winter at Felton Road, Central Otago.  

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Celia asked Kevin to select a series of photos from the book that he thought captured an essence of the backstory. He then joined us live from his home in Marlborough to talk about these images. In the photo above, you can see the image of winter pruning at Felton Road as Kevin recounts his recollections of this photo to guests.

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Celia Hay shows her book to George Dennigan, GM of Soul Bar and Bistro.

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New Zealand Wine Guide book designer Donna Hoyle shares a canapé with Catherine Bell. 

"I am also very grateful to Donna Hoyle for the book design and aesthetic. It's a real thrill to have such a beautiful book that is also a valued educational resource," comments Celia Hay.

Covid-19 has also forced innovation in unexpected ways and NZSFW has gone online with wine education classes.

"I have now successfully run two NZQA Certificate in New Zealand Wine our new micro-credential as ON-LINE courses using the New Zealand Wine Guide as the textbook and supplying students with a case of wine, via Glengarry, to taste along with me over 4 sessions."

People have joined from Northland to Central Otago and gained the qualification from the comfort of their lounge and enjoyed the interactive, on-Line platform for to learn and taste together. "This breaches the barriers of distance and the dark evenings of winter, plus it's fun," says Celia Hay.

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Screenshot of Certificate in New Zealand Wine Online, June 2020.

More details Wine Courses here.

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Carol Hirshfeld from Stuff.      

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 Karen Fistonich from Villa Maria and Tori Haysom.            


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We tasted 15 wines and asked our guests to evaluate them considering the Fruit, Acid, Texture, Finish as well as if they would buy the wine.

Here are the wines that we tasted -

  • Kumeu River Cremant 
  • Blackenbrook Pinot Gris 2019
  • Tongue in Groove Riesling 2015
  • Milton Chenin Blanc 2018
  • Hans Herzog Mistal: Viognier, Marsanne, Roussane 2016
  • Kelly Washington Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2018
  • Cambridge Road Pinot Noir 2017
  • Greywacke Pinot Noir 2017
  • Burn Cottage Pinot Noir 2016
  • Passage Rock Syrah 2019
  • Craggy Range Merlot 2016
  • Hans Herzong Tempranillo 2015
  • Oak Estate Late Harvest Chardonnay 2018
  • Pegasus Bay Finale Noble Sauvignon Semillon 2017

These are the top 5 rated wines

  • Millton Chenin Blanc 2018
  • Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2018
  • Burn Cottage Pinot Noir 2016
  • Hans Herzog Tempranillo 2015
  • Pegasus Bay Finale Noble Sauvignon Semillon 2017

These wines rated highest for question: would you buy this wine?

  • Millton Chenin Blanc 2018
  • Oak Estate Late Harvest Chardonnay 2018
  • Burn Cottage Pinot Noir 2016
  • Hans Herzog Tempranillo 2015
  • Pegasus Bay Finale Noble Sauvignon Semillon 2017

Just goes to show that many kiwis do have a sweet-spot for those luscious white wines and Pegasus Bay Finale Noble Sauvignon Semillon 2017 was the resounding winner on both questions. 

But how many people are really buying sweet wines? 


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Meghan & Lucie.

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Charlotte Reed from New Zealand Winegrowers. 

10 Canada Loukes and Lottie Hope
Canada Loukes and Lottie Hope.  

10 Steven from Villa Maria Finn
Steven from Villa Maria and our Chef Tutor Finn.

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Rejieli prepares canapes.

11b Canapes
Filo tarts with Lamb and Ricotta + Polenta with Brussel sprouts and parmesan.                                                    

11c Tamiano with canapes  
Tamiano with canapes.    

12 Canapes lamb on toast
Seared rib-eye with onion compote & crisp onion rings.

13 Lemon meringue tarts  
Lemon Meringue Tarts

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Pork rillettes as croquettes with pickled cucumber.

14 George from Soul and Adam from Euro  
George from Soul and Adam from Euro.

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Drew and Lucie taste wine.

16 Finn and Nathaniel  
Finn and Nathaniel.

16 Mermaid Mary
Mermaid Mary

17 Angela from Culprit  
Angela from Culprit.

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Group shot at the book launch.

Photo Courtesy: Waves Photography NZ, @wavesphotographynz

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Celia Hay

Celia is a qualified chef and holds the WSET (London) Diploma of Wine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History, Master of Education (Distinction) and MBA Master of Business Administration from the University of Canterbury.

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Founded by Celia Hay, the New Zealand School of Food and Wine opened its first campus in Christchurch in 1995.

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