28 January, 2012

Celebrating Waitangi Day with New Zealand Wines

February 4th is a day of celebration for the New Zealanders (or the Kiwis, as we like to call them.) In honor of this day, in which a treaty was signed in 1840 declaring New Zealand as a new country, Wine Channel TV has put together a virtual wine tasting of 20 different wines and anyone with internet access can join in.

I think most wine-drinkers know New Zealand for their grassy Sauvignon Blancs and earthy Pinot Noirs. But other varietals will be showcased in this tasting including a Gewurtzraminer, Rieslings and a lovely Bordeaux Blend. Here is a list of wineries that will be represented:

Villa Maria
Kumeu River
Craggy Range
Vinoptima (Gewurtztraminer)
Trinity Hill
Ata Rangi
Cloudy Bay
Saint Clair
Spy Valley (Envoy series)
Pegasus Bay
Felton Road
Mt Difficulty
Quartz Reef

Here is more info and a link to sign up:

"The World Toasts to Waitangi Day

WineChannelTV hosts international wine tasting for New Zealand's Independence Day

On Saturday February 4th, WinechannelTV is celebrating Waitangi Day (New Zealand's National holiday) with a virtual wine tasting and cooking demonstration. Wine enthusiasts are encouraged to gather a group of friends, register, and tune in with fellow-wine lovers from around the globe. The online wine tasting will be a fun, social way to learn about New Zealand's finest wines.

“We are excited to be the official host for this virtual wine tasting,” says Jess Altieri, CEO of WinechannelTV. “New Zealand offers an outstanding selection of wines that span the entire wine spectrum.”

Registration for the event is free.

Please visit: http://nzwineday2012.eventbrite.com/ for more information.

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