Wine Tasting & Events

Our range of exciting wine tastings and events cater for the novice to the wine buff. From winemaker tastings to degustation dinners to our hugely popular team hosted tastings, they offer a great forum to enjoy and learn more about the world of wine. Pre-purchase tickets to secure your place at these excellent events.

20 Sep

6:30pm - 8:00pm, 20 September 2018 Lunn Ave

Elephant Hill Limited Edition & Icon Wines... paired with gourmet platters from their own outstanding Chef! A world class night out for wine & food lovers... The exclusive NZ release of the Elephant Hill Limited Edition & Icon wines paired with locally sourced and foraged gourmet delights prepared fresh on the night by Elephant Hill Head Chef Ashley Jones. Elephant Hill Winemaker Steve Skinner will be guiding you through the following wines... On arrival Tempranillo Rosé 2017 1st Flight – The Limited Editions Sea Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Earth Tempranillo 2015 Earth Syrah 2015 Stone Syrah 2015 2nd Flight – The Icons Reserve Chardonnay 2016 Salome Chardonnay 2016 Hieronymus Merlot Malbec Cabernet 2014 Airavata Syrah 2014 Gourmet platters include Prosciutto, Melon, Grissini Cured Salmon, Pickle Pearls, Crème Fraiche Sichuan Tuna, Miso, Wasabi Wagyu Fillet, Horseradish, Beetroot Juniper Venison, Tamarillo, Black Garlic Smoked Duck, Carrot, Cumin Nelson Scallops, Lemon, Dill Oil Beetroot, Whipped Feta, Walnuts Hohepa ‘Danbo’ Cheese, Pickle, Sourdough Chocolate Terrine, Orange, Hazelnut (slight variations may occur):

21 Sep

6:00pm - 9:00pm, 21 September 2018 Juicy Tart Launch Party

We've been busy brewing up ideas for our very own beer launch & finally that day is here! We've collaborated with Fortune Favours of Wellington while we were down there on tour at Beervana. It's a deliciously thirst quenching Grapefruit IPA and she's called "Juicy Tart"! Be at the Uptown Freehouse Newton to mark this special occasion in the history of FWDCo. and our very serious plans for the Craft Beer future here. FREE ENTRY or grab yourself a burger and pint combo for just $20 per person strictly limited to 100 people on the night.

27 Sep

6:30pm - 8:30pm, 27 September 2018 Lunn Ave

The inimitable Jane Ferrari... presents two vertical tastings of “Australia’s greatest premium Red wine buys... The Signature & The Menzies!” Jeff The Greatest winemaking & comedic evening you will ever experience... Jane is Yalumba’s world famous winemaking Ambassador (qualified winemaker with Yalumba circa three decades) but her fame as the stand-up comic of the Australian wine industry transcends that... when Jane comes to town there’s standing room only! Entertainment plus, and the chance to try two verticals of Australia’s finest, history making Premium Red wine buys – when Jane comes to town... it’s a night not to be missed! One night only... Join Jane and our team for a very special evening... As we taste our way through two vertical line ups of Yalumba's most famous Reds – accompanied by Gourmet Platters and side-splitting laughs with Jane... Wines to be tasted on the night… On arrival… Yalumba Eden Vale Viognier 2016 Flight One: Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (Library Release) Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Flight Two: Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz 2006 (Library Release) Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz 2009 (Library Release) Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz 2013 Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz 2014 Bonus Wine: A very special treat (to be announced on the night) Check the rage of Yalumba Wines on our website .

18 Oct

6:30pm - 8:30pm, 18 October 2018 Constellation Dr.

Join us and The Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador Tom Fastier for a whisky tasting to remember. Tom is passionate about what he does and not only because he is surrounded by some of the world’s best whisky all day, but because he gets to share his love of a good yarn while sharing his knowledge of what makes a good dram. This is a rare opportunity to experience, learn & celebrate the finest single malt whiskies and extremely limited New Zealand Release. What we'll be tasting on the night : Flight One: Glenfiddich 12 year old –‘Signature Reserve’ Glenfiddich 15 year old –‘Solera Reserve’ Glenfiddich 18 year old –‘Small Batch Reserve’ Glenfiddich 21 year old –‘Gran Reserva’ Glenfiddich 26 year old –‘The Excellence’ Flight Two (experimentals series) Glenfiddich experimentals series #1 –IPA Experiment Glenfiddich experimentals series #2 –‘Project XX’ Glenfiddich experimentals series #3 –‘Winter Storm’

10 Nov

1:00pm - 5:00pm, 10 November 2018 The Hawke's Bay Wine Auction

The Hawke's Bay Wine Auction celebrates 27 years in 2018 with Hawke's Bay's most talented winemakers providing over 40 lots of wine, many of which are being specially blended. This year's event will take place on Saturday the 10th of November 2018. This is your opportunity to walk away with some of Hawke's Bay's finest wines. The main event begins with the opportunity to wander the room speaking with winemakers while tasting the wine they have on auction, in a mix and mingle style setting. This is followed by the auction, your opportunity to walk away with some of Hawke's Bay's finest wines.