HOKOWHITU A Hid­den Trea­sure

Win­ter is a roar­ing fire and a fine red wine

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENVIRONMENT -

Mid-win­ter Christ­mases are be­come ever more pop­u­lar and an evening with friends and fam­ily is a great way to spend a cold win­ter’s eve and, to help warm the evening up even more, Hokowhitu’s The Vil­lage Wine Trader has a su­perb se­lec­tion of qual­ity Span­ish reds to ward off the win­ter chills. Of course, you don’t re­ally need the ex­cuse of a party to en­joy a fine wine and The Vil­lage Wine Trader owner Dun­can Win is con­stantly seek­ing out well-priced fine wines from around New Zealand as well as from the top wine grow­ing re­gions around the world. “Win­ter is def­i­nitely a time for the reds, we’re go­ing back to hot meals and sit­ting around the fire­side and a fine red wine is sure to com­ple­ment any evening’s en­ter­tain­ment,” says Dun­can. “Along with our in­ex­pen­sive Span­ish reds, we cur­rently have some su­perb French, Ital­ian and Australian wines at un­der $20. We also have a range of top New Zealand wines, and ones to look out for are the Hawke’s Bay Syrahs and the Marl­bor­ough Pinot Noirs, which have re­ally come of age re­cently.” Af­ter more than 24 years sup­ply­ing top-class wines to the dis­cern­ing palates of Manawatu peo­ple, Dun­can and his staff have an en­vi­able knowl­edge of wine va­ri­eties and flavours. They also have an in­ter­est­ing se­lec­tion of malt whiskeys, which are an­other great way to beat the win­ter chills, as well as a se­lec­tion of craft beers from New Zealand, Aus­tralia and Bri­tain, which in­cludes some low al­co­hol brews. Dun­can says they also have a se­lec­tion of low-al­co­hol wine in stock. If you are plan­ning for an ex­tra spe­cial oc­ca­sion, The Vil­lage Wine Trader also has a fan­tas­tic se­lec­tion of slightly more ex­pen­sive wines in­clud­ing the per­fect cham­pagne to com­ple­ment any cel­e­bra­tion and, with his ex­pe­ri­ence, Dun­can will help you se­lect the per­fect wine to suit your evening. To help cus­tomers keep up with cur­rent trends, The Vil­lage Wine Trader holds reg­u­lar tast­ing evenings. Their next tast­ing is on June 25. “We will be fea­tur­ing wines from a new Hawke’s Bay vine­yard; Mai­son Noire. The vint­ner is orig­i­nally from France and, hav­ing re­cently mar­ried a New Zealand girl, he es­tab­lished his vine­yard in one of New Zealand’s top wine grow­ing re­gions. In a very short time he has quickly built a rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing some de­li­cious red wines with a true French flavour. Any­one who en­joys a red will def­i­nitely en­joy these new wines.” To find out all the lat­est on wine tast­ing and other in store events, new ar­rivals and re­views, check out The Vil­lage Wine Trader on Face­book or give them a call on (06) 357 0779. So whether you’re plan­ning a ro­man­tic win­ter din­ner for two or a party of 52, for the best ad­vice on se­lect­ing that per­fect wine for your guests, pop down to The Vil­lage Wine Trader, in the Hokowhitu Vil­lage on Al­bert Street, and get the best price along with help­ful ad­vice from Dun­can and the team.

With help­ful and pro­fes­sional ad­vice, the choices are lim­it­less at Hokowhitu’s The Vil­lage Wine Trader’s

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