Otago Daily Times

New re­leases tast­ing chance to get away

- Wine · Alcoholic Drinks · Otago Region · Hawke's Bay

FEEL­ING like a wine­fo­cused week­end away? Then the Alexan­dra Basin Wine­grow­ers An­nual New Re­leases Tast­ing might be just the push you need. This year is the 12th edi­tion and it will be held on Labour Week­end Sun­day (Oc­to­ber 25) in the gar­dens of Olivers in Clyde. This year’s spe­cial guest is Candice Chow.

Your $30 ticket al­lows you to meet the own­ers and sam­ple the wines from more than 15 lo­cal pro­duc­ers, with cheese, crack­ers and bread. There is also live mu­sic.

Tick­ets al­ways sell out fast, so visit info@alexan­drabasin wines.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion. (There will be a full re­fund in the un­likely event of a Covid level change.)

Ton­nel­lerie de Mer­curey Cen­tral Otago Young Wine­maker Com­pe­ti­tion

The Otago re­gional fi­nals of the Ton­nel­lerie de Mer­curey Young Wine­maker Com­pe­ti­tion were held in mid­Septem­ber. Eight young men and women con­vened

at Vin­pro in Cromwell for a se­ries of Covid Alert Level 2­in­flu­enced chal­lenges.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Ben Tombs (Pere­grine Wines), who suc­cess­fully de­fended his ti­tle, mak­ing it a dou­ble for Pere­grine fol­low­ing Annabel Ang­land’s win in the young viti­cul­tur­ist com­pe­ti­tion. He will rep­re­sent Otago in the na­tional fi­nals in Hawke’s Bay next month.

Con­grat­u­la­tions also to Jor­dan Moores (Fel­ton Road Wines) and Rachel Bradley (Burn Cot­tage), who were sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

New World Wine Awards 2020

Covid re­stric­tions pro­vided some ex­tra chal­lenges for the New World Wine Awards judg­ing pan­els this year, but they suc­cess­fully sniffed, sipped and

spat their way through more than 1200 wines to com­pile their Top 50, which New World has now made avail­able for sale.

With a $25 or less en­try re­quire­ment, and can­di­dates for the Top 50 re­quired to have 4000 bot­tles avail­able for pur­chase, this makes the NWWA gold medal win­ners truly ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able. Here are three from the Top 50.

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