Wine Tasting and Quiz Fundraiser

Saturday 20th February 2016 saw 54 dedicated supporters and potential ‘wine buffs’ arrive at the Russell Boating Club for the Wine Tasting & Quiz evening, the first ticketed fundraising event for the ‘40 years, 40k challenge’.

Steve White, proprietor of Fishbone Café & 88 Below Wine Bar in Kerikeri, was our wine and quiz master for what was to be a fun packed evening. Six blind tastings, 3 reds and 3 whites with three multiple choice questions for each.

Whilst group teams tasted, contemplated and debated the merits or otherwise of each wine, plates of enticing canapés were served to also tickle the taste buds. Competition was rife amongst the ten teams, apart from the Zinfandel Team who were clearly more interested in deliberately coming last to successfully win the consolation prize of Maynard’s Wine Gums.

Having totalled the scores to ascertain who had accumulated the most points, Steve declared the winner, the Chardonnay Team, who aptly won a bottle of Chardonnay for their efforts. At this juncture in the evening the Cabernet Sauvignon team decided it was time to turn the tables on Steve and set him a blind tasting challenge of his own.

Photographs supplied by Jo Brendon Cook

Blind folded Steve was challenged to answer questions on the basis $10.00 was paid per question by any asker. $40.00 was raised by the time Steve successfully surmised that the wine in question was an Australian Shiraz.

Tasting and quiz completed it was finally time to enjoy Susan’s amazing ‘platter style’ buffet table with its stunning centre piece of two sides of smoked salmon fillets generously donated by Chris & Carmen from The Russell Smoke House.

A big thank you to everyone who supported the event and made it such a success.

Kiki Nicolson & Susan MacInnes, Russell Boating Club - ‘40 years, 40k challenge’ Fundraisers

PS For those of you who are not in the know, Steve White has a marvelous wine cellar & shop below Fishbone café and you can join his wine club, by contacting him via his website to receive details on special offers, wine sales and tasting events.

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