When you mention Straight 8 Estate to someone, they usually respond with, “I have really been meaning to go there”.
Situated at 2321 Main South Road Burnham, Straight 8 Estate, named after their rare Railton Light Sports vintage car, owners James Shand and Mary Jamieson create some “seriously drinkable wine”. With spring well and truly upon us, Straight 8 Estate’s new selection of dry, off-dry and medium rieslings is worth a try, and the new rustic gift trays made by Silverstead make for a great gift.
So, feel free to pop in, have a chat, have a drink and get to know more about why Straight 8 Estate is such a great place to visit, wine connoisseur or not.
There’s a battle brewing within the Central Otago wine industry, but it’s for a good cause. And there shouldn’t be any ‘sour grapes’ at the end of it.
Following the success of similar events in Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough, the Colliers International Grape Debate comes to Southern Lakes this month. Renowned for their lighthearted – yet competitive – atmosphere, the debates have raised $100,000 for various charities while tickling the funny bone of everyone in the room. The southern version pits Central Otago winemakers against viticulturalists to contest the moot ‘It’s the vineyard guys that deserve the credit, not the winemakers’.
Organiser Bex Tacon is confident this Grape Debate will be as heated as ever, with an impressive lineup of industry experts accepting the challenge. Winemakers Dan Dineen (Maude Wines), Duncan Forsyth (Mount Edward) and Paul Pujol (Prophet’s Rock) go head to head with viticulturists Gary Crabbe (Precision Viticulture), Mike Winters (Tekano Estate) and Edwin Haycock (Amisfield).
TV comedian Jeremy Corbett, of 7 Days and The Project, will adjudicate and Queenstown real estate agent Brendan Quill will lead a charity auction. Bex guarantees the audience will be in stitches. “Jeremy is so clever,” she says. “Afterwards people comment that they haven’t laughed so much in their lives.” Alexandra-based organisation Sticks ’n’ Stones, which works to combat youth bullying and depression, will benefit from the proceeds of the evening. Bex says she wanted the money to go back into the local community to help young people.
Colliers International Grape Debate is on Friday 21 September at The Winehouse, Gibbston.
Tickets available through Eventfinda or email
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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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!
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 email@example.com.
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!
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”.
SAVE GOVERNORS BAY JETTY – ART AUCTION
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.
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.
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.
NEGOCIANTS FINE WINE TOUR 2018
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.
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.
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.
We have two sassy bottles of Madam Sass to give away.
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.
An award-winning range of single vineyard wine with beautifully personalised labels is a unique way to commemorate your special day.
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 is an exquisitely romantic wedding venue, created especially for the occasion. The ambience and space, flexibility and flow, are unsurpassed for a perfect day.
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.