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October 2017

Introductory Wine Appreciation – Two Evenings

Wednesday 25 October @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

2 Evening Sessions Course – Session 1: Wednesday 25 October/ Session 2: Wednesday 1 November.  Back-to-Basics over two fun and informative sessions. What is wine? How do we taste? How do we know a ‘good’ wine and detect wine faults? What are generic styles and varietal wines all about? Taste the classics along with the new and exciting fashion wines. Explore the influence of wine making on flavour and style. Learn why you like the wines you do and know…

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Chardonnay Tasting in Orange

Monday 30 October @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mike Peterkin sent me a collection of 10 vintages of his hallmark Pierro chardonnay and Murray Smith has offered to dig deep in his cellar for some of his Canobolas Smith chardonnays – surely one of the most underrated in the country. It’s not a competition just an educational taste-off.

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November 2017

Food & Wine in Central Otago with Renaissance Tours

Friday 3 November, 2017 @ 8:00 am - Sunday 7 January, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

A gourmet experience in and around Queenstown. Spectacular landscapes, a sophisticated gourmet food culture and some of the world’s best Pinot Noir wines – not to mention impressive, vivid whites – best sum up New Zealand’s Central Otago region. Join world-renowned wine aficionado Peter Bourne as he explores this region’s most outstanding wineries, offering exclusive access to some of their award-winning winemakers to discover why their wines are so internationally acclaimed. And of course no trip to this part of…

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Three Islands of Pinot Noir Playoff

Wednesday 22 November @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Three Islands Pinot Noir Playoff – Tasmania and the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Tassie is ablaze with excellent pinots and there’s lots of interesting stuff happening in New Zealand. Three brackets of 5 wines with a trio of masked pinots to finish. Pinot friendly nibbles included.  

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April 2018

La Bella Vita – wine tour of Italy with Renaissance Tours

Tuesday 3 April, 2018 @ 8:00 am - Wednesday 18 April, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Taste your way through three of Italy’s great wine regions – Veneto, Piedmont and Sicily – with visits to private wineries and fine dining in the company of ‘The Wine Man’, Peter Bourne. Experience Italy’s bella vita with a glass of wine in hand, as Peter Bourne leads you through the rich traditions of Italian winemaking in regions that have been producing wine for more than 2,000 years. Travel through Veneto, home of the dry, crisp Soave and the rich,…

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