Slow Food, founded in 1986, is an international organization whose aim is to protect the pleasures of the table from the homogenization of modern fast food and life. Though a variety of initiatives it promotes gastronomic culture, develops taste education, conserves agricultural biodiversity and protects traditional foods at risk of extinction. It now boasts over 100,000 members in 153 countries.
Slow Food Auckland, formerly Slow Food Waitakere, is registered as a charitable entity. Registration Number: CC38263, please click here to read our Rules and Regulations
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
|Artisan Wines in Oratia, West Auckland,|
photo: Alessandra Zecchini.
This year our AGM will be held at Artisan Wines in Oratia. We will start with a wine tasting of 4 or 5 wines, followed by delicious food platters, more wine and a convivial AGM.
Slow Food is offering the food, and you will just need to pay $5 for the wine tasting (redeemable if you purchase more wine).
Sunday 29th July 2012
Artisan Wines Ltd
99 Parrs Cross Rd
Wine tasting: 2:45PM
Food will follow (you will be able to buy more drinks if you wish)
AGM and committee election: 3:15PM
After the AGM we will have time to mingle and enjoy more wine until 5pm.
Please note that only active members will be allowed to vote at the AGM, so please check if your membership has expired, and you are always welcome to come and renew your membership on the day of the AGM (but please inform us if you intend to do this when you rsvp).
A copy of the Agenda will be sent to all members a week before the AGM.
For catering and administration purposes please remember:
APOLOGIES and RSVP to Penny Cusack
Phone: (09) 834 9909/029 8250150
BY WEDNESAY 25TH JULY!
The Slow Food Waitakere Committee
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Slow Food Waitakere Riesling Challenge 2010 Tasting Vineyard v Winemaker on Sunday July 8th was a sold out with quite a few people wishing they had booked earlier.
It was was a wonderful combination of socialising, eating and drinking and learning about wine.
A big thank you to Laurel for organising the event and to Sue for hosting us.
I just would like to thank those that attended the event and hope they now know a little more about wine, in particular the effect of the balance between sugar and acid levels, which may help them to make a more informed decision when buying wine (in particular Riesling) in the future. Also, I believe this exercise proved the winemaker does have a major influence on the wine, in this case we know all the grapes were from the same vineyard, yet the sugar levels in the wines varied from 7g to 63g.
I would also like to thank my good friend Mark for embracing the opportunity to present the wines and educate us with a little more information than the average wine tasting by providing us with in depth knowledge on how each wine was made, which varied widely over the 12 wine
How wonderful it was that Laurel and Mark introduce us on many levels of knowledge to the taste of Riesling
I went to the tasting thinking there would be one particular style of wine making which would be the best expression of the grapes as grown. I was impressed with just how much influence the winemaker has on the finished wine. The grapes (including soil type, aspect, cropping, and weather) are just one of the factors in a wine, in addition to the style of wine desired, and the particular methods of winemaking utilised.
To find out more about the challenge go to http://rieslingchallenge.co.nz/