Wine tast­ing a fam­ily af­fair

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - REXINE HAWES

Si­mon Wood will be of­fer­ing a reg­u­lar col­umn in the

called Wood on Wine and Beer.

For the Wood fam­ily, wine is a fam­ily af­fair, and Si­mon Wood is con­tin­u­ing that legacy.

Si­mon is very fa­mil­iar with the wine in­dus­try, fol­low­ing in his par­ents’ foot­steps.

Hugh Wood, Si­mon’s fa­ther, was al­ways in­volved in the wine in­dus­try and owned a few spe­cial­ity stores. He was one of the found­ing mem­bers of the Hamil­ton Wine and Food So­ci­ety as the cel­lar­mas­ter and also wrote col­umns for the Hamil­ton Press.

His col­umn, Wood on Wine, was taken over by Si­mon’s mother Bev, after Hugh passed away.

And now Si­mon con­tin­ues that fam­ily legacy with his own col­umn, Wood on Wine and Beer, which he is writ­ing for the Mata­mata-Pi­ako, Waipa and Hamil­ton dis­tricts.

Si­mon ad­mits when it comes to the ‘‘old world’’, Euro­pean coun­tries, specif­i­cally Italy, Spain and France, with gen­er­a­tions of his­tory and her­itage of wine mak­ing, New Zealand can’t com­pete.

‘‘Thats new world ver­sus old world.

‘‘New Zealand makes wine ex­tremely well, over the last 20 years, we have re­fined it, worked out what we are and what we’re not good at.

‘‘The in­dus­try has ma­tured and we have worked out what grows well in dif­fer­ent re­gions.’’

He loves a pinot noir, sparkling and dessert wine and chardon­nay and craft beer, but ad­mits ‘‘there is not much he doesn’t like’’.

He leans more to­wards wine with din­ner when eat­ing out.

Wood says his col­umns will in­clude wines and craft beers he has re­cently en­joyed, and those he didn’t, in­clud­ing if the bev­er­age is bet­ter with food, or stand alone.

He says read­ers shouldn’t be con­cerned about the price of the wines in his col­umn, most of the wines he writes about are read­ily avail­able in su­per­mar­kets or wine shops around the $20 a bot­tle mark.

So, it leads on to the ques­tion, is there a dif­fer­ence be­tween a cheaper bot­tle of wine and an ex­pen­sive one? ‘‘I have had South Amer­i­can red wines and in a blind tast­ing against the great French red, they have come out on top. I think if you are un­lucky in an ex­pen­sive bot­tle of wine, it can be no bet­ter than if you are very lucky in a cheap bot­tle of wine.’’ There will be a bouncy cas­tle and face paint­ing for the kids too.

‘‘There is a good va­ri­ety ... more than last time, a lot of hand made orig­i­nals and up-cy­cled goods.’’

St Josephs School is run­ning a sausage siz­zle fundraiser. Man­ning says other groups or schools are in­vited to in­quire about run­ning a bake sale or a quick fire raf­fle as a fundraiser.

Man­ning has con­firmed a singer, but she would like another singer or band to be­come in­volved.

The Twi­light Fare is on Sun­day, Novem­ber 27, 1pm-6pm at Pohlen Park/Headon Sta­dium. Any­one in­ter­ested in booked a stall can con­tact Man­ning on 027 206 5173

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