Gravner Degustation Dinner

A rare chance to try some of the worlds most natural wines

Greetings everyone ,

Following on boldly from the wonderful evening with Vie di Romans winemaker Gian Franco, we are happy to announce our second 2016 Special Dinner Tasting event is going to be on Wed 1st June.

We are very proud to showcase wines from another Italian wine producer who is one of the world’s top wine-makers; Josko Gravner, who makes some of the greatest ‘white’ wines in the world.

Join us for an evening with his superb wines and absolutely fabulous food.
At this stage, we are only able to take bookings up to a maximum of 20 people, so please get in touch ASAP and express your interest .

There may well be a possibility of a second evening on Friday 3rd June.
Please let us know if you have a preference of the dates! 

Our host will be Mateja Gravner, daughter of Josko Gravner.

Gravner’s principle wine is his beloved Ribolla Gialla, a grape with a 1000 year history in Italy’s Collio, up on the North-East border with Slovenia. It is farmed without chemicals, with a biodiversity program, picked late, long macerated underground in large terracotta vessels, and then aged a further 6 years in large barrels, like top notch traditional Barolo and the like. Ribolla’s sister blend called ‘Breg’ (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Grigio) is made the same way.

Amazingly, these wines are far, far greater than sum of their parts: it is not for nothing has Gravner been elected wine maker of the World (2006), and of Italy (2007). In the course of the work we do to ascertain the quality of the wine, often after looking at some of the greatest wines of the world, we come back to Gravner at the end of the night: not only does it pick up even from the last major red, it carries on effortlessly, like changing into 6th, 7th gear on the autobahn.

During the course of the evening we will taste the '06, '07 and their Red Breg (100% Pignolo) 2004 over multiple courses. We will no doubt also discover why Gravner does not use the term ‘orange wine’, which his UK importer invented in 2004 whilst drinking Gravner’s wine. To celebrate this rare visit Mateja will be leading us through the wines and give us some history behind her father’s dedication and passion.


Seats are extremely limited!

Venues: to be announced shortly

Date: Wednesday 1st of June, 6.30 p.m.
Second dinner option: Friday 3rd June 6.30 p.m.

Price: $195 per person

Please contact us directly for more details on 09 638 9780
Please RSVP promptly via e-mail or by calling us to secure your seats.

Payment is required on booking.
NB: Non refundable if cancelled after the 14th May.

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Rummy Good

Whilst we modestly believe we are the best wine, whiskey and speciality beer retailer in Auckland we also stock some brilliant Rum:

We don't carry a huge amount of Rums, but those we do carry are top notch!
Rum is not confined solely to Jamaica and we have great examples from Trinidad, Guyana, Venezuela, Barbados, Dominica and even New Zealand.
Rum of course is distilled from sugar and/or molasses.  Indeed you can well say that the history of Rum is the history of sugar. What is not generally realised is how old some of the existing companies have been in existence. Many go back to the late 17th century. For example Appleton 1749 and Mt Gay 1663!


A word regarding the effect of Tropical ageing

As I'm sure most of you are aware with whiskey we have evaporation from the barrel known as “the Angels share” which in Scotland is about 2% a year. In the Tropics due the greater temperature it is about double that, I.e. 4%. Therefore ageing is considered to be faster. The great Rum Houses claim that an age statement with Rum should be loosely compared with double that of Scotch!

Rum styles

Jamaica – rich, aromatic. Use of pot stiles
Barbados – light sweetish  rums. Pot and columns stiles
Cuba – light bodied and crisp. Column stiles
Dominica – full bodied. Column stiles.
Guyana – rich, heavy style. Both pot and column stiles
Trinidad – light rums. Column stiles
Guatemala – medium body, good for ageing. Column stiles
Venezuela – longer barrel aged gold and dark rums. Column and pot stiles

Recommendations for you

British Navy - Pussers Rum

From 1655 to 1970 was the rum issued to the Navy and was not available to the general public until 1970! Aged, smooth, deep burnt amber colour. Gives aromas of sherry and cedar wood. Taste of Brazil nut, vanilla, oak and toffee with notes of cinnamon at the end.

British Virgin Islands - Ron Zacapa

Blend of rums aged in many different types of casks. Blended at 2,399 metres above sea level to allow the cooler air to slow the ageing process. Finished in French oak barrels. Toasted oak on the nose, taste of burnt caramel, orange peel and floral notes of honeysuckle.

On mixers

Coke if you really feel you must. However Joy Spence, the Head Distiller at Appletons for about 18 years, recommends Club Soda. So who am I to argue?

Coming into Spring go for a Tropical fruit juice such as Pineapple or Melon. I like this combination as it can be either a “short” or a great (long) hot weather drink. Long glass, ice, fruit juice, slices of fruit, garnish with mint or similar.

Peter (TVW staff and alcohol history buff extraordinaire)

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Alberto's Tasting in-store this Friday

Don't miss Alberto's Tasting in-store this Friday from 2pm.

Our Alberto Cenci, AKA Squisito Fine Wines - importer/distributor of fine Italian wines, will be sampling 4 delicious wines from his collection. Ask him nicely though and he might open another bottle!

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Easter Holiday Hours

Friday 3rd April - closed.
Saturday 4th April - 10am till 9pm
Sunday 5th April - closed.
Monday 6th April - 11am till 8pm
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Eat, drink and be merry!

Our favourite wine and food pairings for the festive season.

Fattoria Mancini Focara Pinot Noir DOC with seafood risotto.

Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva with herb crusted lamb rack.

Alvear Solera 1927 PX Pedro Ximenez Sherry with fresh sliced oranges and caramelised nuts, or pâté, or crumbly or blue cheese.

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Number 6

Introducing number 6

Once again, a top quality wine and exceptional value for money. Stock is limited. Please don't miss out.

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Vilmart Champagne Dinner

Friday 5th September, 7:00pm

Seven fine wines from the "rising star of the Champagne area" accompanied by a six course dinner at Katsuya Restaurant from 7:00pm.

Please follow the link below to view the full list of wines to be tasted.

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Equipo Navazos Sherry Dinner

Thursday 4th September, 6:00pm

6:00pm - 6:50pm a formal tasting of six superb sherriesfollowed by a six course dinner accompanied by another six sherries at Clooney's Restaurant from 7:00pm.

Please follow the link below to view the full list of wines to be tasted.

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The Village Winery Shop on Facebook

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We will keep you up to date on The Village Winery news, events and tastings.
You can now browse our products online from our new Facebook 

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Sroop Sunar: The Golden Glassy

A Visual History of Inebriated England

An exhibition of original screen printed, wood mounted pub signs. Some very nice prints are available for sale here

D&AD Award-winning illustrator Sroop Sunar looks back hundreds of years to present a pictorial history of England, using the traditional British pub sign to redraw our cultural and visual heritage.

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