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Third Family of Twelve Wine Tutorial for 2020 Announced

The Family of Twelve are up for a third wine tutorial. “It’s hugely entertaining, educational and collegial” says Family Chair Paul Donaldson. The first two tutorials attracted some of the best wine professionals from Australia and New Zealand. And the feedback was terrific. The tutorial is now regarded as a pinnacle event in the New […]

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Application Information – Wine Tutorial 2nd-4th August 2020

The tutorial is open globally to those working with New Zealand wine, in the areas of sommelier, wine retail, wine education and wine journalism (NB it is not open to wine distributors, winemakers and viticulture roles).  The determining force for selection is the applicant’s potential and desire to make a difference; to contribute meaningfully to […]

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‘The Family of Twelve Award’ scooped by Australian sommelier

L to R: Blair Walter of Felton Road, Melissa Moore & Helen Masters of Ata Rangi “The Family are very proud to have hosted our second annual Wine Tutorial.  It feels like we’ve created an institution with a life of its own that will help take fine New Zealand wine into the future.” Family Chair […]

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Wines of the Tutorial 2019

Champagne & Sparking – Monday 5th August 1 Nautilus Vintage Rose 2015 Marlborough, NZ   2 Laurent Perrier Brut Rose NV Champagne   3 Bründlemayer Brut NV Austria   4 Nyetimber Classic Cuvee NV England   5 Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc 2016   California 6 Pol Roger Brut NV Champagne   7 Pol Roger ‘Sir […]

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Second Family of Twelve Wine Tutorial kicks off.

 Empowering leadership through enduring knowledge. They’ve lined up some of the planet’s greatest wines. They’ve chosen 12 top sommeliers from Australia and New Zealand and now it’s just a matter of the polishing the glasses, hundreds of them. It’s the second Family of Twelve wine tutorial. It will be challenging, it will be fun and […]

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Wine Tutorial – Class of 2019

Photo left to right: Clive Weston (Nautilus Estate), Miyuki Morimoto (The Grove Restaurant), Karen Fistonich (Villa Maria Estate), Meg Abbott-Walker (Educator and Wine Consultant) 1 Banjo Harris Plane The Wine Gallery, GROW Melbourne   2 Bridget Raffal Sixpenny Restaurant Sydney   3 Dion Wai Huka Lodge (Relais & Châteaux) Taupo   4 Josh Pointon Noble […]

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Participant Announcement – Wine Tutorial 2019

The Family of Twelve – Wine Tutorial 2019 “Boldly the Family again steps up with our largest single investment in the future of New Zealand fine wine” Family Chair Paul Donaldson. It’s the second Family of Twelve Wine Tutorial and it’s taking place in August this year. “This year’s tutorial will be another extraordinary and […]

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The Winter Feast Tour 2019

New Zealand’s Family of Twelve invites you to join them at some of the country’s best restaurants. Twelve wines, eight regions and stunning New Zealand cuisine. Booking essential through individual restaurants.Hopgood’s & Co, Nelson – Wednesday 5th June – SOLD OUT www.hopgoods.co.nz  p: 03 545 7191 Hosted by Todd Stevens, Neudorf Vineyards & Julian Grounds, […]

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