10th Annual “Crab” (Lobster) Dinner
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 | 6PM

If you are a foodie following the news, you will not be surprised that California Dungeness crab has “fallen ill” this season… making it difficult to put on our annual (and delicious) dinner featuring this seasonal favorite.
BUT HAVE NO FEAR! THE SHOW WILL GO ON!
Crab’s understudy, Lobster, will be the main act this year, and we couldn’t be more excited for this seafood stand-in. We invite you to join us in our gorgeous barrel room for a fun evening with friends and the Gary Farrell team, including winemaker Theresa Heredia and assistant winemaker Brent McKoy. Together, let’s celebrate the sublime pairing of lobster and Gary Farrell wines.
Seats sell out quickly for this popular event, so don’t delay!$160 per person | $135 Grand Crew Members (two tickets at this price)

Tickets may be acquired at concierge@garyfarrellwinery.com or 707.473.2909.
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Marlborough Rising – Wellingtons other ‘local’ Wine Region
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Reflecting on the brilliant and bountiful Wellington on a Plate festival held recently, I had the opportunity of frequenting the pop-up Match Wine Bar, a collaboration of 20 wineries from Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton offering 40 wines by the glass and a pairing menu of 20 small plates created by legendary Chef, Ruth Pretty. Read More >

Richard the Great…Mate
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Had lunch today at Nikau Cafe Wellington with my good buddy Richard Genn, legendary chef ex-Aman resorts and one of the best palates I know on the planet – and a top man to boot! After a few decades at Aman resorts he’s decided to take a break and hanging out in Bris-Vegas with his family. He’s actually a kiwi, indeed a Wellington boy! Yes, another amazing (wandering) palate who grew up in the windy city in possibly the most culinary low era of New Zealand’s history other than the first settlers coming to terms with there only being birds, fish and kumara in Aotearoa.
We had a marvelous lunch at Nikau Cafe, one of my local favourites and totally civilized place to be on a gloriously sunny Wellington day with the tables spreading alfresco. We grazed our way through the entrees and I had him wrap his lips around some Mount Edward Gruner Veltliner and Burn Cottage Pinot Noir…both got the nod.

Nice way to spend a summers day and have a good yarn with a mate. Hoorah!

Wino Kiwis? Fundraising for Otago Kiwi Recovery Trust
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Wanaka winos taking part in the Wanaka Challenge & raising funds for fantastic New Zealand conservation project Otago Kiwi Recovery Trust Read More >

Two Paddocks Pop-Up Cellar Door January 2016 – Felton Road Bannockburn Middle Earth
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The Wandering Palate caught up with the Prop in Queenstown and enjoyed a sneak preview of the first Two Paddocks ‘Proprietors Reserve’ individual vineyard Fusilier Pinot Noir 2014, from the newly acquired Felton Road, Bannockburn vineyard… and as the festive season fog in the brain dissipates, the Fusilier 2014 is ingrained in my olfactories and I can still smell the lingering dark Indian spices and peppercorns on a hot wok…and that wonderful layered depth of black berry fruits and Christmas Cherry…and that alluring smokiness a melange of fire-hot schist rocks and gun flint (the smoking hot barrel of the Fusilier’s rifle no doubt)…and Oh that lush and dangerously plush texture, the wine seemingly beckoning to be drunk at a sprint even though we know it’s a long distance runner. And whilst we had a suspicion this Bannockburn pinot fruit would bring the house down, it seems to me the Fusilier is already taking a commanding position on the parade ground, a stiff arm salute and cold steel bayonet-fixed acidity to a sword drawn Major no less that will be a Brigadier given the passage of time.

You too can have a sneak preview of The Fusilier 2014 if you forward march to Central Otago and the Two Paddock’s Pop-Up cellar door on Felton Road, Bannockburn… an utterly brilliant idea and the distinguished service medal goes to Jacqui Murphy, the dynamo GM at Two Paddocks who will be front and centre at the TPCD. See message and full orders from the Prop below.

Salute!

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