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NZ offers Sommelier Scholarships

New Zealand Winegrowers is offering three sommeliers from the UK and Ireland the opportunity to visit New Zealand to participate in an exclusive, invite only sommelier scholarship event, with a select group of international sommeliers.
 The one day ‘Sommit’ event (Sommelier Summit) will see a group of sommeliers hosted by local sommeliers, Cameron Douglas MS and Stephen Wong MW. Cameron and Stephen will lead tastings and discussions on current trends, as well as presenting some ‘hidden gems’– unique examples of New Zealand wine that have limited availability.
 Scholarship recipients will also be invited to attend Pinot Noir NZ 2017 – one of the most coveted Pinot events on the planet, and will have the opportunity to attend further key events on the New Zealand wine calendar.
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Winefest for Malbec Day

The Embassy of Argentina will mark Malbec Day with an Argentine Wine Fair.

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The sixth Malbec World Day takes place this year on Sunday April 17th, 2016, and  Embassy, in association with Wines of Argentina will be holding the 4th Argentine Wine Fair on Monday 11th April, 2016.  . 
  For the sixth edition of Malbec World Day, created by Wines of Argentina, under the concept "Celebrating a classic" - hundreds of events will be held in 70 cities across 54 countries.  The festivities will include wine fairs for press and trade, tastings and  promotions in wine shops and restaurants.
  This year in Ireland the  2016 Argentine Trade Tasting will take place  in the Charlemont Suite at the  Hilton (Dublin) Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2. from 12:00 – 18:00.  Trade & Press only. Four Argentine wineries travelling to Dublin will be seeking representation.  
 A Masterclass presented by Tim Atkin MW entitled “The Argentina you don’t know” will take place in the restaurant at the Hilton from 11:00 – 12:30. 
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Fiona Quells the Spices

There is a strong argument that the best alcoholic accompaniment to Asian food is beer or perhaps sake. The mighty

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 wine industry is not hiwever happy to permit millions of consumers from  Malaysia to China, (in addition to some millions of Westerners who enjoy Asian food), to become exclusive customers of the brewers, and so there has, for many years been a sustained effort to match Eastern foods with Western wines.
 I am not too sure that the campaign has been a success and personally I usually opt for a Tiger beer or its equivalent in an Asian restaurant.
 Fiona Beckett is on the other hand, a devotee of matching Asian foods with complementary wines and as a renowned food-matching blogger, she knows what she is about.
 
It was fascinating therefore to taste her wine choices with the splendid Asian cuisine of  Ananda restaurant in  Dundrum, Dublin, as part of the Febvreuary wine festival.
 
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