What's in your glass?

In Hawke’s Bay, wine is a way of life.

Ask any local which drop is most popular in the area, and you can bet the most popular response will be: wine, wine with a side of more wine. With 76 wineries, and 30+ cellar doors, it’s clear the region packs quite the punch for wine lovers!

Have you ever thought while savouring your favourite, what is it that makes wine so lip-smackingly good? What is it that makes one better than the other? Which wine should I be pairing with my dinner?

Summer F.A.W.C! has all your questions answered. We’ve rounded up our pick of events that will not only see you tasting some exquisite and in some cases, rare wine, but will also teach you a few things along the way.

2009 & 2010 NZ PINOT NOIRS: TROPHY WINES

Who likes a splash of Pinot? And more importantly, can you spot a trophy winning Pinot from a standard bottle? Join Geoff Kelly for this special blind tasting of 12 Pinot Noirs that will include wines very rarely included due to their value.

CHARDONNAY ALL DAY

Here’s one for Chardonnay lovers, John Hancock & Deliciosa will present 10 iconic Hawke’s Bay Chardonnays across 10 years. Thoughtfully accompanied by a delicious array of platters – pates, terrines, salads, mezze, charcuterie and antipasto… need we say more?

EAT, SHARE & DRINK PEREGRINE

Get your hands on  sparkling methode (not available in Hawke’s Bay), as you are introduced to the host from Peregrine Wines who will talk about the winery, their wines and company ethos. Take a seat for fresh and tasty Smith’s cuisine using local spring produce and new season items.

F.A.W.C! DAY OUT

F.A.W.C! Day Out is about taking part in some wine and food masterclasses, discovering new tastes and produce at our food stalls, devouring food off the Hawke’s Bay Grill and trying any number of Hawke’s Bay drops at Black Barn Vineyards.

THE MAGIC BEHIND WINE AND FOOD PAIRING

Discover the magic to matching the perfect wine with food, as Oak Estate co-owner and chef, Stefan Loetscher, artfully whips up six different shared plates accompanied by a line up of Oak Estate Wines (including incredible new releases!)

CHEF VS WINEMAKER - THE ULTIMATE EGO CHALLENGE

Start off the evening on the perfect note with a glass of the finest wine before proceeding to the winery for canapés and a wine discussion with the winemaker. It gets even better from here, sit-back for an extraordinary five-course dinner presented by our Chef with specialty wine matches.

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