Forget those notions of a January detoxification. There are a host of tastings coming up which only happen once a year or are a once off.

Besides, wine is full of antioxidants which so it will go perfectly with all that carrot and celery juice. Get out and get tasting some great wines. If you’re adamant about your detox plan, you can always spit.

First up, New Zealand.

New Zealand Annual Trade Tasting

The 2010 New Zealand Annual Trade Tasting will take place on Tuesday 19th January, at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8.

The trade tasting will run from 12.00 noon. to 6.00 p.m. with the consumer tasting following at the same venue from at 6.30 – 8.30 p.m.

Producers on show

The producers participating are:

Ager Sectus Wine Estates; Allan Scott Family Winemakers; Ara; Ata Rangi; Babich Wines; Blind River Wines; Cloudy Bay ; Craggy Range Vineyards & Wild Rock; Delta Vineyard; Elephant Hill; Esk Valley Wines; Giesen Wines; Greenlea Wines; Greywacke; Hunters Wines NZ; Jackson Estate; Kim Crawford; Lawson’s Dry Hills; Mt Beautiful; The Mud House Wine Group; Nobilo Wine Group; Oyster Bay; Pernod Ricard; Saint Clair Family Estate; Seifried Estate & Aotea; Spring Creek Estate; Spy Valley Wines; Staete Landt Vineyard; Te Kairanga Wines; Te Mara Estate; Tinpot Hut; Villa Maria; Vinoptima Estate; Waipara Hills; WHYTE Estate; Wild Earth Wines; Wither Hills and Yealands Estate.

More than just Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir

While New Zealand is synonomous with Sauvigon Blanc and perhaps Pinot Noir, the country is fast gaining a reputation for other wines which will also be on show. Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris and some “icon” or “library” reds.

New Zealand Sweet wines

In addition, and perhaps surprisingly, this will be the first time New Zealand sweet wines will be available at an organised tasting. Due to EU regulations and redtape, they were hitherto unavailable.


Consumer tickets cost €15.00 and can be bought online at: Alternatively, to pay by cheque or postal order contact: or phone (01) 274 5955 or (086) 816 8468