Wine Education:

The world of wine is fascinating, intriguing, captivating and very rewarding. There are few greater pleasures in life than opening a bottle of wine you carefully selected yourself - (or even better, you have cellared patiently for a number of years) and enjoying it with good food and friends.
However, it can also be an intimidating and confusing subject - as the sheer number of wines and styles available on our retail shelves and wine-lists in New Zealand has never been greater. It can be a process of great confusion selecting the right wine for the right occasion and pairing it with such varied cuisine.


With more clutter, new grape varietals and more countries producing wine today.., how do we go about making informed choices on what we want to drink and what represents value? We do this with education and experience. This wine education and experience starts here.
The idea of the following classes is to break down any intimidating factors in a relaxed manor, to arm you with the basic sensory skills required to evaluate and assess wine, and to give you the language to describe what you are sensing.
In addition to that, we will go through the basics of the winemaking process, discuss the major grape varietals, talk through and taste a number of wines styles with regional differences from around the wine world, plus talk through storing, cellaring and serving wine.

Upcoming ‘Trade’ Wine Classes - 2018:

Light, Medium & Fuller-Style White Wine Class: - Auckland
January 30th Tuesday - Time: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
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Light, Medium & Sparkling Rosé Wine Class: - Auckland
January 31st Wednesday - Time: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
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Wine & Food *(w/ Cheese) Pairing Class: - Auckland
February 12th Monday - Time: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
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Sparkling / Champagne Wine Class: - Auckland
February 13th Tuesday - Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm
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In all sessions, I cover opening, serving (stemware) and pairing with varied cuisine - plus more. These classes will give you a solid grounding - that will serve you well no matter what you are drinking, and enable you to go into any retail store, pick up any wine-list, or serve wine and make an informed, confident selection or suggestion.


Wine Tutor - Gavin Hubble:

I started working in the wine industry over 27 years ago here in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, vineyard and wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consultancy and wine education.
I am currently responsible for the Brand Health of over 75 Hancocks wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile, Argentina and other winemaking countries. I work closely with these brands and with the Hancocks sales team out in the New Zealand trade, (On & Off-Premise) introducing and positioning these exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the country.

Wine Classes in Auckland are held at the Hancocks Training Room - 318 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn). Session start times are shown above - please try to arrive 15 minutes before.
• For other 'venues' around New Zealand - please contact your local Hancocks Sales Rep.

Equipment supplied for each class:
You will each be provided with a set of Eisch Tasting Glasses to use - tasting mat (white) per session, still water, pen - plus 'Wine Class' booklet & material to use and take away.


The next series of 'Trade Wine Classes' in your area - *(New Zealand):
Trade Accounts - please talk with your local Hancocks Sales Rep about when and where the next wine class will be hosted in your area. Also please inquire about the other wine classes run or possibly even a ‘bespoke’ wine session that can be designed for your key staff - both front of house and in the kitchen.

“Wine Education lasts longer than a promotion”