I was delighted to be invited by Juliane and Glenn Cormier to come present a tasting at their Nelson wine shop, Casa del Vino. Originally from the US, the couple have made Nelson their home, “it’s much warmer than Chicago” says Juliane.
Originally the wine shop was just that but the addition of three Enomatic machines has helped to
create a Tasting Bar where, for a small charge, a wide selection of wines can be tried. Juliane is keen to expand the evening tasting programme and the next few weeks will see Andrew Hedley (Oh So Pretty), JC Poizat (Maison Vauron) and Juliane lead tastings on Germany/Austria, France and Zinfandel.
I was tasked with answering ‘customer questions’ as we tasted through a range of NZ wines. Lots of
discussion about cellaring potential, optimum storage conditions, does sauvignon blanc age, and screwcaps, made for a lively evening. We tasted :
2014 Riesling, Pegasus Bay 2014 Pinot Noir, Lake Hayes
2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Greywacke 2014 Pinot Noir Seresin
2014 Chardonnay, Aronui 2014 Cabernet/Merlot, Man O War Estate
I had a furtle through my cellar before leaving home and discovered a 1990 Urziger Wurtzgarten Auslese, a very kind gift from Cameron Douglas MS, so took it along to illustrate how wine ages. Admittedly a teensy bit past its best, it was still enjoyable and a lovely example of mature riesling.
A 2003 Stonecutter Martinborough Pinot Noir was also delightful and proof that wines under screwcap age perfectly well.
The Cormiers took me out to dinner at Hopgoods Restaurant and the place was heaving (even on a freezing Tuesday night which seemed quite a feat). The staff were great and I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a meal so much in ages; a slow cooked braised beef dish was brilliantly done and the perfect accompaniment to the wine Juliane served blind; 2004 Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Pieve Santa Restituta Gaja.
And a delightful flight home.