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Wed, 21 Aug

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Blenheim

Cheese & Tempranillo Masterclass

An intimate wine and cheese tasting with local cheesemaker Simon Lamb of Cranky Goat and Fidelio co-owner Elgee Leung for this Cheese & Tempranillo Masterclass on Wednesday, August 21st at 6:30pm.

Cheese & Tempranillo Masterclass
Cheese & Tempranillo Masterclass

Time & Location

21 Aug 2024, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Blenheim, Mayfield, Blenheim 7201, New Zealand

About the event

An intimate wine and cheese tasting with local cheesemaker Simon Lamb of Cranky Goat and Fidelio co-owner Elgee Leung for this Cheese & Tempranillo Masterclass on Wednesday, August 21st at 6:30pm.

Tempranillo, often hailed as Spain's noble grape, is a testament to the diversity of the wine world. Its name literally means ‘little early one.'  Originating from the Iberian Peninsula, it thrives in a variety of climates and soils, adapting effortlessly to its surroundings.  There are small plantings outside Spain, such as South America, California, Australia, and a handful here in New Zealand.

In New Zealand, there are a total of 17 hectares planted of Tempranillo, ranking it as the 7th most grown red grape variety in the country as of 2023.  Mainly grown in the Hawke’s Bay region (10.3 hectares), there are also a scattering of vines in Northland, Auckland, Wairarapa, North Canterbury, Waitaki Valley, Central Otago, and here in Marlborough (3.2 hectares).

This grape yields wines with a wide range of flavours, from bold and fruity to elegant and complex, depending on factors such as terroir and winemaking techniques making it easily paired with cuisine such as classic Spanish tapas, cured meats, lamb, pork, roasted vegetables, and cheese of course!

Cranky Goat owners Simon and Hellene Lamb, took a leap of faith turning Simon’s cheese making hobby into a small business back in 2014.  It took grit, determination and passion focusing on minimal processing, traditional French cheese making methods, and delivering real flavour with their range of goat, sheep, and cow's milk cheeses.

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