Well, the Christmas Party was a cracker. The weather was terrible – gusty nor’westerlies all day but Martinborough people are used to that at this time of the year and they don’t allow a few gales to spoil the fun. Thank goodness for our winery. Everyone had heaps of fun. Nick from Medici, who did the catering, put on a splendid spread, and the last guests left about 6.30pm. It was a great day, and well worth all the effort.
And last week we had some really exciting news. On Wednesday I came home, feeling a bit tired and grumpy, and wondered why I had an urgent email from ACP, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine, wanting two labels for our James Pinot Gris 2008. As I read on, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Bob Campbell, MW, has nominated our Pinot Gris 2008, as one of the best 100 new releases for an editorial feature in the February/March issue which goes on sale on February 1st, 2010. They are running a feature on the Best of New Zealand. We are so elated to receive an endorsement from someone so highly rated as Bob Campbell. It’s absolutely marvellous, and we couldn’t wait to tell Jane Cooper, our winemaker, and Nick and Rowan Hoskins, our vineyard managers. No wonder the Pinot Gris is selling so well – all those people who drink it and love it have damn good taste!
Meanwhile, the tickets to our Martinborough Home & Garden tour are selling quickly, now that we’ve printed and distributed our flyer.
So if you want to see inside and around the gardens of seven of this region’s exclusively private, and fabulous, properties, go to www.martinboroughtownandcountry.co.nz for more information or to purchase a ticket.