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Clicquot in the Snow

Winter’s Must-Attend: Clicquot in the Snow

This year’s Clicquot in the Snow in Queenstown from 2-5 August marks the 200th year since Madame Clicquot blended the world’s first rosé champagne and, to honour the special anniversary, long-time friend of the brand, designer Kathryn Wilson has designed a special edition rosé pink belt.

 Clicquot in the Snow

To the delight of many Kathryn Wilson fans, the special edition rosé belt is reintroducing her much loved belts to her coveted designs. The talented shoe and accessories designer is releasing the celebratory belt as part of her spring/summer 18 collection which is set to be debuted at Clicquot in the Snow this year. An annual highlight for festival guests, this is her 7th year showing at Clicquot in the Snow.
Kathryn Wilson will also be releasing her spring/summer 18 collection at her annual runway show presented by Veuve Clicquot. This year is particularly special as she celebrates the brand’s 15-year anniversary.
This year will also see another magnificent presentation at Rata with celebrity chef Josh Emett to bring back the Clicquot Long Lunch series at Rata Restaurant; a four-course degustation lunch inspired by Clicquot Colourama and the Veuve Clicquot range including NV, Vintage and Rosé.

The weekend’s highlight will be the magnificent and much anticipated Clicquot Gala. This time with an exciting new Colourama theme. Bringing a touch of glamour to close the four-day celebration, the Clicquot Colourama Gala at QT Queenstown will be the ultimate place to be in Queenstown on 4 July.

 Clicquot in the Snow  Clicquot in the Snow

Guests will be treated to an exclusive performance by Anna Coddington and Dick Johnson of DJ – Vocalist duo, Clicks, and multiple iconic Clicquot moments. Tickets are $99 per person and include entry to the Clicquot Colourama Gala, canapes and one flute upon arrival with cash bar available for the rest of the event.
It’s colourful and luxurious, it’s fashionable and it’s refined. Clicquot in the Snow is fast becoming the event to attend on the Queenstown social calendar. To view the full Clicquot in the Snow 2018 programme and purchase tickets, visit clicquotinthesnow.co.nz.

Rossendale Vineyard,

Ultimately Unforgettable: Rossendale Vineyard

With a slight change of name from its former The Vineyard @ Rossendale to a simpler, trip-off-the-tongue Rossendale Vineyard, it’s very much business as usual for the beautiful venue located at 100 Old Tai Tapu Road.

Rossendale Vineyard,

Lucky are the bride and groom who say “I do” to having the most memorable wedding, ever, in a glorious garden setting, with the backdrop of a working vineyard only enhancing the magic; add in the luxury of being pampered by attentive staff, dining on delectable fare and toasting their happy future together from the vineyards bountiful best in wines, and it’s no wonder the newly-weds can’t stop smiling.
Winter weddings are plusher than plush in the Pinot Noir Room that boasts floor to ceiling windows and comfortably seats up to 200 guests. With a separate dance floor draped in fairy lights, and a quiet, intimate lounge and bridal room with ensuite for our besotted lovebirds to retreat to, should they want time out, it doesn’t come better than this.
Manager and mine host Graham Jones, who has been at Rossendale for more than 18 years, when not wearing his wedding hat, dons his conference hat, his family celebration hat, or his hugely adaptable whatever-is-wanted hat, to help clients plan for that ultra-superb function or event. “We have top class chefs on-site, and warm, welcoming staff. We do anything and everything; we are dedicated to delivering the ultimate, unforgettable experience.”
For more information email
gra@rossendale.co.nz or visit
www.rossendale.co.nz.

Paint ’n’ Sip

Number one in fun: the perfect mid-winter night out at Paint ‘n’ Sip

You’re fed up with the weather; the wintry temps have you shivering in front of the heater and everything on the telly’s rubbish. Turn your frown into a smile, banish winter’s nip, for your fairy godmother has waved her wand – you need Paint ’n’ Sip!

Paint ’n’ Sip

Welcome to the most creative hub in town where everybody gathers for a fantastic, unforgettable experience. This is where magic happens; this is where you unleash all creativity locked inside you as you paint your way to laughter and happiness.
With a seating capacity for 32, you now have the perfect venue for your hen party night your Mum’s 60th birthday celebrations; your sister’s baby-shower, and you really must remember to tell your boss you’ve found the ideal place to hold the team building work event. The options and reasons for propping yourself before an easel are as wide and limitless as that beautiful big, blue ocean you can’t wait to bring to life on canvas.
You don’t even need to worry about having little or zilch painting experience, because there are four fabulous artists at the ready, only too happy to offer support and encouragement as you create your very own unique masterpiece. As stated on their website – it’s all about the journey and FUN!
So, forget that boring bucket list, do it now! Check out their monthly online calendar and book yourself and your friends the greatest time-out of your lives. Santé!
For more information visit https://paintnsip.co.nz or email info@paintnsip.co.nz.

Winter in Ōtautahi

Spoilt for choice: Winter events to see you through to August

Winter in Ōtautahi has never looked so exciting, or enticing, as our city plays host to a myriad of events from art and theatre, to wine and babies. Talk about spoilt for choice!

Winter in Ōtautahi

A PICASSO
8 – 9 June
NO Productions Theatre presents Jeffrey Hatcher’s fast-paced psychological thriller at the Christchurch Art Gallery. Described in one review as: “Sex, Art, Nazis and a classy 20th century icon, all wrapped up like a tasty cultural burrito”.
noproductionstheatre.com/what-s-on

SAVE GOVERNORS BAY JETTY – ART AUCTION
9 June
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own an historic piece of jetty art. 18 well-known artists, from Lyttelton to Mount Herbert, have created unique artworks depicting their reflections on Governors Bay Jetty. Auction begins at 3pm at the Governors Bay Hotel.
www.savethejetty.org/create-to-construct

BABY EXPO
9 – 10 June
A huge range of products and services on show, plus seminars, demos and workshops. Everything you need to know from Bump to Birth and Beyond! Head to the Pioneer Leisure Centre.
www.babyexpos.co.nz

SWINGERS
12 July – 21 July
Written by renowned NZ playwright, April Phillips, Swingers is a riotous new comedy about men married to the golf course and their long-suffering wives who’ve had enough. Teeing off at The Performing Arts Centre, Heaton Normal Intermediate School.
www.casanova.co.nz

NEGOCIANTS FINE WINE TOUR 2018
26 July
A selection of award winning wines from New Zealand and Australia. The event also introduces some of the people that craft and stand behind these distinctive, fabulous wines. Quaffing commences 6pm at Hagley Oval.
www.negociantsfinewinetour.com

Two Fat Possums

Your West Melton local: for pure pleasure and delight head in for a wood fired pizza at Two Fat Possums

Two Fat Possums is the perfect place to stop on your return leg from the ski fields of Mt Hutt. Since inception last year, it has gained a large following with locals. Anyone in West Melton after a quiet drink, dine or to hang out and soak up the friendly atmosphere should look no further.

Two Fat Possums

With its bar, restaurant and function areas, and friendly staff on hand, the atmosphere is second to none. Tasteful decor of wooden tables and leather/fabric chairs and a few big screen TVs to watch the rugby and racing.
The new winter menu consists of plenty of amazing starters and mains. This includes starters like Crispy Chicken Wings and delectable mains like the Pork Belly or steaks that are cooked to perfection. The biggest highlight is its wood fired oven pizzas, with a range of toppings to suit even the most devoted pizza fan.
A comprehensive range of desserts and drinks are also on offer, such as quality on-tap beer, cocktails and wine. Plus, the addition of specials every day will keep you coming back again and again.
Keen? Head to the West Melton Village on Weedons Ross Road, West Melton. For more information visit twofatpossums.co.nz or phone 03-421 6481.

Madam Sass

Win with Metropol: Madam Sass Wine

We have two sassy bottles of Madam Sass to give away.

Madam Sass

Madam Sass pays homage to heroines from Central Otago’s gold rush era; gutsy women who held little regard for the establishment and relished taking risks. An enticing pinot noir full of attitude, style and extravagance, its aromas of decadent spice and sweet cherry are delivered with a fleshy, fruit driven, seamless finish.

To enter to win a bottle visit www.metropol.co.nz/win, put in your details and tick the competitions you want to enter. Entries close on Monday 21 May and winners will be notified on Tuesday 22 May. Entrants must be at least 18 and ID will be required to collect the prize.

Straight Eight Estate

A unique commemoration: personalised wine bottles for your wedding from Straight Eight Estate

An award-winning range of single vineyard wine with beautifully personalised labels is a unique way to commemorate your special day.

Straight Eight Estate

The friendly, down-to-earth team at Straight 8 Estate can help with wine selection and also organise personalised labels to reflect the bride and groom’s style and theme. “Whether it’s for your special occasion or for a gift, we can custom-make any amount, from small to large numbers,” explain owners Mary Jamieson and James Shand.
Straight 8 Estate opened its cellar door in 2012, offering free wine tasting in a friendly, relaxed environment. Group bookings are welcome and customers can wander around and chat directly with the owners. “There’s always a good special on here or you can buy online and have the wine couriered to your door.”
Straight 8 Estate is located at 2321 Main South Road Burnham, phone 03-347 6878 or visit straight8estate.co.nz.

The Vineyard at Rossendale

Exquisitely romantic: weddings at The Vineyard at Rossendale

The Vineyard at Rossendale is an exquisitely romantic wedding venue, created especially for the occasion. The ambience and space, flexibility and flow, are unsurpassed for a perfect day.

The Vineyard at Rossendale
Floor to ceiling windows form a vista through 10 acres of pinot noir grapes. With room for up to 200, the functional floorplan allows the bridal table to be seen from all angles. There’s a vineyard-themed bar, and a dance floor wing draped in fairy lighting. This leads to an intimate lounge retreat and bridal room with spacious ensuite and separate entrance. The neutral interior, exuding warmth, can take on any theme. Two foyers provide grand entrances – further enhancing the stunning approach through the grapevines.
With more than 18 years’ experience here, Graham and Liz Jones are the attentive, adaptable hosts on both the day itself and the important lead up. Catering by on-site chefs is top class – with Rossendale’s wines a luxurious complement.

French Farm Winery

A luxurious lodge: French Farm Winery is the boutique wedding venue you must see

French Farm Winery is unique. A boutique luxury lodge in French provincial style with commanding views of Akaroa harbour, exceptional accommodation and meandering streams and birdlife.

French Farm Winery
The ideal spot for the perfect wedding any time of the year

There is a special tranquillity to it. Located at French Farm, not far from Akaroa, there are four luxury ensuite studios with kitchenettes, a courtyard area and spa.
French Farm can cater for 120 seated in the main house, up to 70 in the new atrium and up to 270 with a marquee.
You choose your caterer from any one of the lodge’s range of specially-selected caterers. With the beverages supplied and served, you can relax and enjoy your wonderful day at French Farm Winery.
With beautifully manicured lawns, it is the ideal location for an outdoor wedding and, with the indoor space also available, it is the ideal spot for the perfect wedding at any time of the year.
Heather and Warwick are your hosts and go out of their way to ensure your day is absolutely memorable.
Located at 12 Winery Road, French Farm. For more information phone 03-304 5784 or visit www.frenchfarmwinery.co.nz.

Alanna and Pete Chapman

A charitable tipple: how 27Seconds combines a love of wine with a desire to help people

A collaboration between two North Canterbury wineries, a grape harvesting company and several other generous donors is producing wine with a difference and the couple behind the project-turned-wine-label are still reeling from its early success.

Alanna and Pete Chapman
Alanna and Pete Chapman

27Seconds

Alanna and Pete Chapman initially started 27Seconds as a one-off fundraiser for Hagar – an international NGO that helps survivors of modern-day slavery. “We wanted to help so we created delicious wine, where 100 percent of the profits go to survivors,” Alanna says.
“It was only meant to be a one-off fundraiser. But as we sort of delved deeper, it snowballed into a company.”
Terrace Edge, which is owned by Pete’s parents, provided the grapes for 27Seconds’ first run of wine and Omihi Creek Harvesting harvested them for free. Greystone Wines, just up the road from Terrace Edge, did the winemaking, with various others jumping on board to help.
Alanna was working in Hagar’s Christchurch office when she learned that every 27 seconds a person is trafficked into slavery and, while in India, walking through the alleyways of Sonagachi in Calcutta, the country’s largest red-light district, she and Pete witnessed it first-hand.
Alanna and Pete, a viticulturist who works on the family vineyard, realised wine was one way they could help. “We love the idea that something accessible, like wine, can be used for good. It empowers people to make a difference through just a single choice.”
Alanna says the combined generosity of the wine community meant 27Seconds was able to give away $10 from every $17-$23 bottle in the first run of wine. Greystone Wines provided heavily discounted winemaking, Kiwi bottle supplier O-I halved its prices, another company provided free caps and local designer Piet van Leeuwen of Port Edison did the labels pro bono.
“We love our labels. We’re super proud of them. Piet wanted to portray the name itself so that’s why there are 27 dots on the front and there are three dots that you can’t see as well. The idea behind that is once someone has been sold it is sort of like an ending,” Alanna says.
“It’s a really morbid topic but there is hope as well. There are things that can be put in place that reduce trafficking. We wanted it to be a hopeful brand as well so that’s why the colours are quite bright.”
27Seconds’ Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Rosé are available online and there are plans to start selling wholesale to local restaurants.
Three bottles of 27Seconds wine can provide a young survivor with a school uniform, shoes and stationery for a year, five can provide a bike to get to school and seven bottles every month can put a survivor through university.
Interview courtesy of Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism.