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Iconic Kiwi chef Al Brown from Auckland’s Depot putting in the hard yards at Taste of Auckland with dishes such as oysters with chardonnay vinegar, pull-pork sliders and lemon meringue pie with cream (note use of the kitchen torch).
Gaye from Traditional Heritage Preserves (left) with customer Jill at the hugely popular Remarkables Market that is into its third summer season. The market runs each Saturday from 8.30am-1pm until 30 March 2013. Held in and around Remarkables’ red barn, approximately 100 metres from the main entrance to Remarkables Park Town Centre, the market is easy to find and well signposted. www.remarkablesmarket.co.nz.
A 50th vintage
Some 500 guests joined Villa Maria Estate founder and owner Sir George Fistonich (pictured right with guest speaker and Prime Minister John Key) in Auckland to celebrate his winery’s 50th vintage anniversary. George set up Villa Maria with a single acre of vines in 1961. Over the next five decades, the company has been at the forefront of innovation in winemaking, including using screw caps across its wine range from 2001.
Mt Rosa co-owner Jeremy Railton with one of 25 jeroboams of 2008 Mt Rosa Pinot Noir. Another of these four litre bottles of wine, signed by golf sensation Tiger Woods and donated by New Zealand company JD Brothers and Mt Rosa Wines, sold for just over $10,000 at a charity auction in China to raise money for the Christchurch earthquake reconstruction.
Veteran Vidal Estate senior winemaker Hugh Crichton should be proud – the winery secured three Pure Gold and one Gold medal at the 2012 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Syrah and chardonnay vintages proved a standout for the Hawkes Bay winery. The Pure Golds awarded were for Vidal Legacy Series Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2011 and 2010 and Vidal Legacy Series Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2009; with Vidal Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Syrah 2007 also being presented with a Gold.
Matt Connell from Akarua is another proud
winemaker. The Central Otago (Bannockburn) winery brought home the
coveted Pinot Noir Trophy at Five Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney for
its award-winning and simply delicious 2010 pinot noir. Akarua was also
later awarded the Red Wine of the Show, recognising its 2010 vintage as
one of the best in the world. Wineries can only enter the awards by
invitation from judges selected from each of the five represented
countries - New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Chile and Argentina.
Trish from Olaf’s Artisan Bakery Café with
products at the inaugural Sandringham Farmers' Market, held on
Saturday, 15 December 2012 at the Sandringham Community Centre. The
market is now a regular monthly event held at the hall on the second
Saturday of each month. It is yet another of numerous new local markets
springing up throughout the country, bringing an opportunity
for the sale and purchase of locally grown produce and products.
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