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2nd Oct, 7:30pm:
Golden Gate Lodge Cromwell
Celebrating wine pirates'
Take an open bottle to dinner and
tell your host it's ''breathing'' so you
don't have to drink their cheap
Wine never tasted better than when
you are sitting among the vines from
whence it came.
Plastic corks are OK for whites, but
reds need a proper cork.
Screw caps are OK too, but they
destroy the romanticism of the
Even expensive reds will not keep, so
drink early to avoid disappointment.
If your red's been open for several
days, put it in the fridge to freshen it
Never drink out of a cheap wine
A cold beer is still the best on a hot
Avoid hangovers by drinking less
If you don't like the wine at a
function, drink orange juice and tell
people you are driving.
Bugs in your wine won't spoil the
taste if you whip them out quickly.
What: It's in the Bottle
Where: Golden Gate conference
When: September 29, from
Tickets: $10 and available from
Pop culture: Swapping the bag
for the bottle, broadcaster
turned wine appreciator John
Hawkesby will host the region's
25th anniversary winemaking
celebrations this Saturday,
organised by the Central Otago
Photo: JOYCE HAWKESBY
By MARY-JO TOHILL
Former It's in the Bag presenter
John Hawkesby is hosting ''It's
in the Bottle,'' an event celebrat-
ing 25 years of commercial wine
production in Central Otago, at
Cromwell on Saturday.
The broadcaster turned wine
expert from Waiheke Island said
he and the mighty grape did not
become properly acquainted
until he was touring Hawke's
Bay in the 1980s, hosting the Kiwi
game show where participants
could take the money or the bag.
Describing himself as ''a late
developer and mildly teetotal'' all
that changed when he sipped Te
Mata Estate's bordeaux-style
Coleraine, which caused a sen-
sation in the early 80s, signalling
a turning point in the New
Zealand wine industry.
''The Coleraine turned my head.
It was the equivalent of an
epiphany for me. Back then you
could buy it for under $30 a
bottle. Now you'd have to give up
your first grandchild.''
A grandfather himself now,
there's no talk of Hawkesby
giving up one of his own, for the
money or the bottle.
However, that initial taste taught
him to appreciate quality, which
is why he was looking forward to
heading south for this weekend's
big event, with public tastings of
six pinot noirs from the Central
Otago sub-regions including Ban-
nockburn, Alexandra and Ben-
Hawkesby likened Central Otago
wine growers to the pirates of the
''They've got attitude, they're
naughty and they know how to
He admired growers' collegiality
and the ''spirit of co-operation
where success is shared.''
''No mean-spirited person ever
made a decent pinot noir.''
In Hawkesby's opinion, Central
Otago wine-makers were the
best-travelled of any in their
industry throughout the world,
because they had to go far to gain
the necessary knowledge, com-
bining old world know-how with
He also believed that the
''spectacular rise'' of wineries
had helped put the region on the
map because ''not everyone
wants to go bungy jumping.''
He will be joined by one of Aust-
ralia's most respected wine
critics, wine writer and inter-
national wine judge, James
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