Monday, September 30, 2013

New Zealand's wonderful wines



There were many things happening in Manila tonight, but I decided to stay close to home and pop over to the residence of New Zealand Ambassador Reuben Levermore for an intimate wine tasting.

It was casual, fun and just what I wanted after a rather long day at the office.

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NEW ZEALAND'S TOP WINEMAKER

The guest of honor was Kevin Judd, New Zealand's foremost winemaker, and the event was co–hosted by Lester Harvey of Zen Asia.


Kevin worked for years at Cloudy Bay, New Zealand's most famous wine label, before starting up his own wine label called Greywacke wines in an area of New Zealand called Marlborough.

AN INTERESTING VARIETY


Kevin brought all his premium wines for tasting, and I particularly liked the crisp Pinot Gris and his nice Pinot Noir.

He also had an unusual Chardonnay on offer, which was very smoky compared to the usual.

MANILA'S WINE CROWD


And speaking of the usual, lots of Manila's usual serious wine people were among the 30 guests, and there was lots of talk about the various wine events taking place this month. 

Tomorrow there's a big wine dinner for a high-end Australian label

I knew about this, but I'd already committed to a friend's party in honor of breast cancer tomorrow night – so I'm going to the lunch with the winemaker on the following day instead.


Ambassador Levermore's chef created an array of Western and Asian nibbles to go with the wines.

Together these made for another nice evening in my never–ending, and never–endingly eventful Travelife.



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