Auckland – wine class and cupcakes

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5.54pm, Tuesday 27th November, Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand

Evening folks, it’s been a big Day 1 here in Auckland – starting with a wine class this morning for the sales team from our distributor here on both the North and South Islands – Negociants New Zealand. Then lunch with some of our good mates in the local trade over at Andiamo in Herne Bay – 2010 Strapper Grenache Shiraz Mataro wins more hearts and palates with grilled eggplant, proscuito and smoked cheese, and we introduce the super cassis liftoff, aromatic driven 2008 Signature Cabernet Shiraz to new friends. Now, I have homework to do. I’m becoming familiar with the companies that are finalists in the ‘Sustainability 60’ National New Zealand Sustainable Business Awards, which are being held here in Auckland tomorrow night at The Q Theatre.

Why am I reading up on these folks?

Because I have been asked by Fairfax Media to be the MC at the Awards! And no, I haven’t done anything like this before. I have the running sheet script and am reading that over and over as well. Hopefully it will all flow a bit by the time 7pm tomorrow comes around!

Wish us luck!

Until then, here’s some local cupcake edible art from Icing On The Cake at Herne Bay. On the left is the lamington with raspberry laced icing, on the right is lemon meringue! For the late night homework session!

See ya when it’s Thursday!

PS Underneath the cupcakes is today’s breakfast from the good people at Depot … next door to the hotel. It’s their house blend of muesli topped with stewed rhubarb and yoghurt. Yum … see I squeeze healthy in there as well!

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