Monday this week has seen the 2011 edition of the In Praise Of Riesling event. Held at the world reknown Pegasus Bay Winery this event celebrates all that is Riesling. Kathryn the Owner/Manager here at Mountford and CP Lin our wellknown wine maker were lucky enough to attend. The idea behind the event is to give context to understanding the Riesling grape variety, to explore Riesling in it’s NZ context and finally give Riesling relevance by showcasing Riesling’s place as a food wine. The dinner was a huge hit with food cooked by Pegasus Bay’s own Oliver Jackson. A highly anticipated Waipara Valley event it has by all accounts been hugely successful.
This all day event on the Monday was followed by a relax, unwind and wrap up for media and attendees down at The Cove, Amberley Beach. Fantastic local produce was cooked including local crayfish and paua (finished off over hot coals) and slow cooked venison with haricot beans. Kate, who did the cooking at The Cove did an amazing job cooking in a le creuset on the beach.
Here are some links to people more eloquent than I talking about the events:
To quote Max Marriott who wrote on the Jancis Robinson blog when he attended the 2008 event: “What do you call a group of Riesling lovers? A thrill of Riesling lovers? A suite of Riesling lovers? A residual of Riesling lovers? Whatever we’re called, there is little doubt that we’ll all be there for the next instalment of In Praise of Riesling. ”
If you can make it, the next In Praise Of Riesling is sure to be another event to remember.