Last week the Nelson Wine Club celebrated it’s 27th annual dinner, which as usual, was held at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology’s Rata Room. ‘The Rata Room’ is the restaurant where the hospitality course students not only study and train, but also get to prepare meals for, and serve to, the public.
For about 7 months of the year the public of Nelson can enjoy lunches and dinners here on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Since the Rata Room is now so popular, it pays to book well in advance. The cost per person for 3 courses is just $36 and there is a good wine list to select from.
The earliest recorded tasting of the wine club is November 1986 and Thelma Bradshaw was the founding secretary. Now nudging 90, Thelma still attends our monthly tastings. She is both life member and patron.
Our dinner last week featured NZ wines. The 3 standouts in my view were the Man O’ War Warspite 2010 (a cab. franc predominant blend from Ponui Island in Auckland), the Milcrest Nelson Pinot Noir 2010 and the Lawsons Dry Hills Pioneer Gewurztraminer 2012.
Kiwi wines are provided at these dinners every 2nd year and in the alternate years the theme is foreign. Hence previous dinners have featured French, Italian, Australian, Latin and Spanish wines.