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Ripe creates virtual event after festival cancellation

Wine lovers from across the country can now take part in Ripe, Wanaka’s Wine & Food Festival, sampling wines from seven Central Otago wineries virtually.

Believed to be the first dedicated virtual tasting of Central Otago wines in New Zealand, the idea came about as the wine and food festival planned for more than 2000 people in March could not go ahead under current COVID Red light restrictions

Seven of Central Otago’s wineries will present two wines each and the winemakers will be joined by sommelier Candice Chow from Raymond Chan Wine Reviews.

Vineyards featured include Akarua, Gibbston Valley, Mount Michael, Maori Point, Maude, Misha’s Vineyard and Quartz Reef Wines.

“We’re hoping everyone’s still got the original festival date in their diary and will embrace the idea of going virtual by hosting their very own watch party with friends,” says Ripe Director, Nathan White.

“We’re encouraging people to host their own mini wine festivals and there will be deals and giveaways throughout the event.”

Access to the event is for those who purchase any of the wines being presented from before March 14. Once purchased, guests will receive a unique code to access the Ripe Virtual Tasting.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2pm – 4:30pm.

The Ripe Festival tasting full line-up is:

2:00 – 2:05 Welcome and introduction to hosts

2:05 – 2:25 Akarua

2:25 – 2:45 Gibbston Valley

2:45 – 3:05 Maori Point

3:05 – 3:25 Maude

3:25 – 3:45 Misha’s Vineyard

3:45 – 4:05 Mount Michael

4:05 – 4:25 Quartz Reef

4:25 – 4:30 Cheers

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