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Announcing the participants – Family of Twelve Wine Tutorial 2020.

We’re thrilled to announce the twelve wine professionals selected as The Family of Twelve Wine Tutorial participants for 2020.  We’ve had to postpone the 2020 tutorial, but this won’t stop us from engaging with this year’s participants.  Through a series of virtual blind-tasting workshops we’ll showcase the Family’s best with a few fine international wines […]

Wine Tutorial – Class of 2020

No. Name Position Company City 1 Addy Lam Head Sommelier The Star – Black Bar & Grill Sydney 2 Andrea Martinisi Food & Beverage Director The Grove Auckland 3 Candice Chow Owner Candice Wine Chat Queenstown 4 Dom Sweeney Digital Editor Gourmet Traveller WINE Sydney 5 Eduardo Fritis-Lamora Assistant Head Sommelier Catalina Restaurant, Rose Bay […]

Family Feasts – Winter & Spring 2020

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. Arbour, Blenheim – Wednesday 19th August (SOLD OUT) & Thursday 20th August (SOLD OUT)   p: 03 572 7989 Hosted by Stephan Walliser, Fromm […]

Every sibling has something to share.

In extraordinary times, family is everything.  The Family of XII is a collective of wineries spread across New Zealand. We are united by values, but each winery occupies a unique space within the world of New Zealand wine.  Like many Kiwi businesses, our Family of XII are navigating troubled waters during the global pandemic. We’re […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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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