The  Slow Food Waitakere Riesling Challenge 2010 Tasting Vineyard v Winemaker on Sunday July 8th was a sold out with quite a few people wishing they had booked earlier.
It was  was a wonderful combination of socialising, eating and drinking and learning about wine. 
A big thank you to Laurel for organising the event and to Sue for hosting us.  

Here’s  what  some of our fellow riesling tasters had to say!

I just would like to thank those that attended the event and hope they now know a little more about wine, in particular the effect of the balance between sugar and acid levels, which may help them to make a more informed decision when buying wine (in particular Riesling) in the future.  Also, I believe this exercise proved the winemaker does have a major influence on the wine, in this case we know all the grapes were from the same vineyard, yet the sugar levels in the wines varied from 7g to 63g.

I would also like to thank my good friend Mark for embracing the opportunity to present the wines and educate us with a little more information than the average wine tasting by providing us with in depth knowledge on how each wine was made, which varied widely over the 12 wine   

How wonderful it was that Laurel and Mark introduce us on many levels of knowledge to the taste of Riesling


I went to the tasting thinking there would be one particular style of wine making which would be the best expression of the grapes as grown.  I was impressed with just how much influence the winemaker has on the finished wine.  The grapes (including soil type, aspect, cropping, and weather) are just one of the factors in a wine, in addition to the style of wine desired, and the particular methods of winemaking utilised.


To find out more about the challenge  go to