In New Zealand, and the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration bows out in style

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So I’m having such a fun and intense time here in New Zealand, I’m finding it hard to blog every day. But here goes. Sunday saw the final day of the Pinot Noir celebration and it began with a grand Burgundy tasting, chaired by Nick Mills of Rippon, with celebrity guest Aubert de Villane of Domaine de la Romanee Conti. There were six Burgundies to taste, and the final two in particular, a pair of Echezeaux, were stunning to the point of being moving.

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The tasting was followed by lunch: we split into several groups and each headed to a different restaurant in town. Mine was Botswana, and the lunch was long and delicious.

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John Hawkesby conducting the charity auction

John Hawkesby conducting the charity auction

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Blair Walter and Nigel Greening

Blair Walter and Nigel Greening

Ralph Kyte Powell

Ralph Kyte Powell

Jane Parkinson and Tim Kerruish

Jane Parkinson and Tim Kerruish

And, of course, the stunning view of Queenstown and the Remarkables.

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After dinner we headed into town, and kept going until the early hours, and then a bit beyond that. It had been a memorable event.

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