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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 […]

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 […]

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  p: 03 545 7191 Hosted by Todd Stevens, Neudorf Vineyards & Julian Grounds, […]

Media Release – Second Family Wine Tutorial Announced

After a terrific response to the first tutorial, the Family announce a second tutorial for next year. It will take place August 4-6, 2019, at Family winery Villa Maria’s Auckland estate. The purpose of wine tutorial is to pass on first-hand knowledge and the mantle of excellence to the next generation of industry leaders taking […]

Application Information – Wine Tutorial 2019

The tutorial is open globally to those working with New Zealand wine, in the areas of sommelier, retailer, wine trade or educator.  The determining force for selection is the applicant’s potential and desire to make a difference; to contribute meaningfully to a fruitful future for the New Zealand wine industry. There are just twelve places […]

Dux & MW Award of 2018 Wine Tutorial Announced

 “The Family are very proud to have hosted our most ambitious educational event yet.  To support a vibrant future for New Zealand wine and its next generation of industry leaders, the tutorial has created twelve passionate ambassadors for New Zealand wine.” Family Chair Paul Donaldson. The family are thrilled to have hosted such an engaged […]

Wines of the Tutorial 2018

  Champagne & Sparkling workshop – Monday 16th July 1 Schramsberg, Blanc de Noirs 2011 California 2 Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006 Champagne 3 Palliser Estate, Methode Traditionelle 2010 Martinborough 4 Albert Mann, Crémant d’Alsace 2015 Alsace 5 Charles Heidsieck, Brut Reserve NV Champagne 6 Charles Heidsieck, Blanc des Millenaires 1995 Champagne […]

Wine Tutorial – Class of 2018

From left to right: Marek Przyborek, Karen Fistonich, Benji Smith, Clive Weston & Rosie Finn.  Congratulations to the successful candidates for the 2018 & inaugural Family of Twelve Wine Tutorial. 1 Adam Balasoglou Sales & Marketing Manager Fromm Winery 2 Andres Aragon Perez Senior Head Sommelier Merivale (Australia) 3 Benji Smith Beverage Manager / Sommelier […]

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