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New Zealand tutored wine tasting

September 12th, 2012

This evening’s wine tasting will be an amazing opportunity to listen to Hugh Crichton who became Vidal’s winemaker in 2006.

Hugh will be talking us through some superb New Zealand wines from Hawkes Bay.

Hugh says: “I don’t believe in spending time making sub-standard wine, we should always be striving to make great quality, excellent value wine.”

Prior to joining Vidal in 2004, Hugh had established a solid winemaking career both in New Zealand and overseas, working vintages at Chateau Soutard Grande Cru Classe in Saint Emilion France, Chard Farm in Central Otago, Donnafugata in Italy and several at Millton Vineyards in Gisborne where his inspiration for environmentally conscious and organic winemaking and viticulture was fostered.During his time in Europe, Hugh had the opportunity to experience many European wines, often which were more elegant in style and food friendly in nature than their New World counterparts.His exposure to some of the great wines of this style has been a key influence on his winemaking direction. Producing wines which are truly reflective of the region and vineyards where the grapes are grown is also at the core of Hugh’s winemaking philosophy.This evening is priced at £25 per ticket and please contact us on 01636 700900 to book your place.

For more information on the Vidal Winery and Hugh, visit http://www.vidal.co.nz/default.aspx

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