The Christchurch | South Island Wine & Food Festival 2014 - now in its 4th year, has quickly established itself as one of the leading wine and food events in the country. And once again is preparing to host wineries from across all the South Island wine regions - New Zealand’s representative on the prestigious Great Wine Capitals Global Network.
From 11:30am - 7.00pm: Over 40 wineries from across the five South Island wine regions will be presenting their wines, with top local chefs plating up their best culinary dishes to match. Artisan food producers & local food vendors will also give you a taste of the best in locally produced foods and food products.

 

Monday the 10th November, alongside Simon Nunns the 'chief winemaker' of Coopers Creek Wines. We took a select group of Sommeliers out to the West Auckland winery, where they experienced a most informative day of all things wine. Simon Nunns is a highly experienced and talented winemaker, also sought after as a top wine judge and educator, and has been with Coopers Creek since 1998.
On arrival at the winery, Wayne Morrow - their 'senior viticulturist' for 13 years, who has the responsibilities for their vineyards nationwide and dealing with their varied grape growers. Wayne showed us among the vines and gave us a detailed insight into the unique soil profiles and growing conditions of their different sites around the country.

 

Thierry Roset, ‘cellar master’ of Charles Heidsieck died suddenly in Reims, on Sunday the 5th October 2014. Thierry Roset was 54 years old. As the world comes to terms with this tragedy, as there are no words to describe the devastating loss of Thierry Roset. I thought we should celebrate his life and contribution to champagne and to the world of wine.
The industry recently celebrated his talents on July 16th 2014, when Thierry was named Sparkling Winemaker of the Year, by the prestigious ‘International Wine Challenge’ London.
Thierry Roset was a charming and quiet man who has been connected for a very long time with Piper & Charles Heidsieck. Joining them back in 1988 and becoming the ‘chef-de-cave’ of the most revered of Champagne Houses.

 

In 2009 ‘Positively Wellington Tourism’ together with ‘Grow Wellington’ (the regional economic development agency) established the ‘Visa Wellington on a Plate’ - to showcase the region’s food and beverage sector, and to develop culinary tourism in the region. The festival was also developed as a vehicle to showcase Wellington’s regional identity and to provide a platform for the culinary community from across the wider region, to work together to present a unified offering celebrating the whole region.
This year nearly 100 restaurants were involved - with 188 culinary events organised to showcase the best Wellington has to offer. In 2013 over 25,000 people participated in ‘Visa Wellington on a Plate’ events and activities injecting $4.7 million into the Wellington economy.