Boutique Wine Festival

Hristina Serafimovski

Hristina is a media enthusiast and beauty/hair junkie. She watches way too many Art House films and has great (expensive) taste in wine.

This weekend proved to be quite the eventful one, where even terrible weather didn’t deter us from getting out of the house and making the most of our gorgeous little city. Sunday was my favorite day by a long shot, where we got to experience the amazing Boutique Wine Festival down at Imperial Lane.

We were ushered through red velvet ropes into the grand entrance of the Imperial Building, away from the rain and the gloomy skies. The cold attendants greeted us warmly at the door, and handed us our tasting tokens, glasses and a quick run down of how everything was set up. After checking in our coats, we let ourselves get lost in the building and let our minds get hazy with beautiful wine!

How it worked was that you purchased tokens, and used those tokens for the tastings you wanted to have. So you walked around the building finding new wines to try, talking to the people behind each label and learning… not just about the wines, but also about the fascinating histories of each label and the sad truth that the majority of these wines are heavily exported outside of NZ. It was quite the treat getting to try these rare varieties that in many instances you’re only able to purchase from the Vineyard itself. If you’re quick enough!

The biggest stand out of the day for me has got to be the Puriri Hills tasting that we were oh so privileged to be invited too. We were treated to some of the most incredible reds I have ever tasted. We traveled through time to explore the development of the flavors and the evolution of technique to cater for changing tastes and times.

And if that wasn’t enough to tantilise you to head along next year, the festival also offered gourmet lunch options with matching wines from the infamous kitchen at Everybody’s. And if your budget or palette was more suited to something a little less va-va-voom, you could always grab a delicious gourmet hotdog that the Imperial Lane is getting quite notorious for. This was the option that we ended up going with.

I have nothing but praise for this event, and am really excited that we will get to experience it again next year. If you missed out this time, don’t make the same mistake again – get in there nice and early. You shan’t regret it!

Oh and one final word… if you have a single man friend, tell him he’d be silly not to head along. The amount of beautiful women was overwhelmingly in favor of some not so innocent meetings! Go on, be the wingman you know you can be.

And drink responsibly…. 

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