Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Be in to Win tickets to the APO with Villa Maria - Foodie heaven awaits

Foodie heaven awaits
It's restaurant month in the BIG Little City so there's a swathe of food and wine events to tickle your fancy. Coming up on Saturday is Street Eats at Shed 10, on the Auckland waterfront followed by The Winter Warm Up next weekend. In between, catch our wines at various Wine Hour events throughout the city.
The Wine Standard
The winter edition of our Wine Standard is now out. It's chock full of all the news about our new look, our latest awards and some snaps of our wine around the world.
APOs Choral Masterpieces: Mozart Requiem
As proud sponsor of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra we're pleased to have  a double pass to give away. Tickets are for the upcoming performance of Choral Masterpieces: Mozart Requiem on Thursday 12 September. To be in to WIN email your details to with Mozart in the subject line by Wednesday 14 August.
Degustation At Villa Maria
Join us on Thursday 12 September for a sumptuos 5 course degustation dinner expertly matched with aged wines from our cellar. Hosted by Senior Winemaker Nick Picone, winner of the 2012 Australasian Young Winemaker of the Year Award.
Meet the team
We cornered the talented Alastair Maling MW for a bit of Q&A...
Your title and time at Villa Maria?
GM Winemaking & Viticulture and I joined in 2002

What did you do before Villa Maria?
I was based in the UK working as a flying winemaker in France, Spain, Italy, Chile, Argentina and South Africa. Sounds like a tough life doesn't it!

Villa Maria in 3 words?  intense, passionate, reputable

Your favourite variety?
That's a very difficult question to a winemaker - at the moment probably Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

What do you do in your spare time?
I try and spend as much time as possible with the family, or out doing some exercise. Any chance to entertain/catch up with friends is always high on the agenda.

If you weren't a winemaker what would you be?
The All Blacks coach

Which famous person would you love to have to dinner with?
Prince Harry

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