HOKOWHITU A Hid­den Trea­sure

A Fine Wine Tops Off Any Evening’s En­ter­tain­ment

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR BODY -

Our late sum­mer weather is per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing, and to make catch­ing up with friends and fam­ily even more en­ter­tain­ing there’s noth­ing quite like a bot­tle or two of fine wine and, with the help of the team at The Vil­lage Wine Trader in Hokowhitu Vil­lage, you’ll be able to se­lect from the very best. At this time of year, al fresco din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment is ex­tremely pop­u­lar and The Vil­lage Wine Trader has great se­lec­tion of su­perbly re­fresh­ing white wines. Owner Dun­can Win rec­om­mends a sau­vi­gnon blanc or ries­ling with seafood and a chardon­nay with your mains. How­ever, for a bar­be­cue it’s of­ten bet­ter to choose a wine with higher acid con­tent to help cut through the slightly charred oily flavours of bar­be­cue cook­ing, and adds that the Euro­pean reds are an ex­cel­lent choice as they are less fruity than the New Zealand and Aus­tralian reds. Cham­pagne and bub­bles are al­ways a good choice dur­ing the warmer weather, es­pe­cially when there’s some cel­e­brat­ing to do. Th­ese can be served at any time of the day, start­ing with a pic­nic lunch right through to the evening’s dessert. The Vil­lage Wine Trader has an ex­cel­lent se­lec­tion of French Cham­pagnes as well as an ex­ten­sive range of bub­bles from New Zealand and fur­ther afield, in­clud­ing the ex­tremely pop­u­lar Prosecco, which is the num­ber one sparkling wine from Italy. Cham­pagne prices range from $39.90 up to around $400, while an ex­cel­lent bub­bles, in­clud­ing Prosecco, can cost less than $20. The Vil­lage Wine Trader has been a fo­cal point in the Hokowhitu Vil­lage for more than 23 years “Peo­ple come to us be­cause they know we are wine spe­cial­ists and we work re­ally hard at en­sur­ing we have a great se­lec­tion of ex­cel­lent, af­ford­able wines. We cur­rently have some su­perb French, Ital­ian, Span­ish and Aus­tralian wines at un­der $20. We also have a range of top New Zealand wines, and ones to look out for are the Hawkes Bay Syrah’s and the Marl­bor­ough Pinot Noir’s, which have re­ally come of age re­cently,” says Dun­can. If you are en­ter­tain­ing for an ex­tra spe­cial oc­ca­sion, The Vil­lage Wine Trader also has a fan­tas­tic se­lec­tion of slightly more ex­pen­sive wines and, with his ex­pe­ri­ence, Dun­can will help you se­lect the per­fect wine to com­ple­ment your evening. The Vil­lage Wine Trader also caters for the whiskey con­nois­seur with a choice of top-class malts. For the beer lovers, they have an in­ter­est­ing range of craft beers from New Zealand, Aus­tralia and Bri­tain, which in­cludes some low al­co­hol brews and Dun­can adds that they also have a se­lec­tion of low al­co­hol wine in stock. Af­ter over 23 years sup­ply­ing top class wines to Manawatu, Dun­can and his staff have an en­vi­able knowl­edge of wine va­ri­eties and flavours. So if you want the best ad­vice on se­lect­ing that per­fect tip­ple for your guests then pop down to The Vil­lage Wine Trader, in the Hokowhitu Vil­lage on Al­bert Street.

Just a small se­lec­tion of the fine wines avail­able from The Vil­lage Wine trader in Hokowhitu vil­lage.

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