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Travel By Glass: Loire Valley with Tori Haysom

NZSFW graduate Tori Haysom enrolled first as a cookery students and followed this by studying the Certificate of Professional Wine Knowledge. She is now the Auckland fine wine specialist for Dhall and Nash wines.

NZ Sommeliers and Wine Professionals hosted Travel by Glass at NZSFW and Tori’s chose to feature wines from the 1000 kilometers of the Loire River.

  • Vincent Careme Vouvray ACO 2018Made from 50 year old Chenin Blanc vines, this wine offered delicate orange peel, ripe apple, beeswax aromas, off dry, moderate acidity.
  • Alphonse Mellot La Moussiere Sancerre AOC 2020; Refreshing acidity, grapefruit, ripe pear, crushed summer grasses, full-bodied with suprising 14.5% abv.
  • Domaine de Noire Caractere Chinon AOC 2016; Made from Cabernet Franc, ripe cranberries, plums, moderate acidity, light leafy character, black olives.
  • Domaine des Pothiers Gamay St Romain 2019; From a small, lesser known appellation, Cote Roannaise AOC. This clone of Gamay Noir is found in a remote location of the central Loire Valley in the Auverne-Rhône-Alpes region. Aromas of ripe plums, soft tannins, balanced acidity, savoury spice, earthy, medium body.

Our students, under the guidance of Chef Finn, prepared a selection canapés to accompany the wines.

Cucumber cases transformed into refreshing savoury bites with prawns and laksa

Duck confit wraps with mustard mayonnaise and gherkin Chicken liver parfait, quince puree on croute.

Compote of mushrooms, pickled onion on toast Melba

Vol au Vents transformed with our own House Smoked Salmon   


Potato croquettes with remoulade & chervil

Flavoursome treats to accompany the fine wines. 

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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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