Saturday 27 July 20193:00 PM - 5:30 PMAdd to calendar
New Zealand School of Food and Wine, Level 3, 104 Customs Street West, Viaduct, Auckland, 1010, New ZealandView map
John Szabo MS is the author of Volcanic Wines, Salt. Grit and Power (2016) and an expert in unlocking and explaining the terroir of wines made from grapes grown on volcanic soils.
Famous volcanic regions include wines from the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily, Canary Islands, The Azores, the Dundee Hills in Oregon, Mount Vesuvius and the Yamanashi region located near Mount Fuji in Japan.
In this special tasting of wines, sourced from volcanic regions around the world, John will discuss these fascinating wine regions and at the same time offer insights on a selection of local wines from Auckland's own celebrated Volcanic Field. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about this intriguing subject.
About John Szabo MS
Master Sommelier John Szabo was the first Canadian to add the MS after his name in 2004 and has been acknowledged as one of Canada’s best-known sommeliers. Today, John’s day job is as partner and principal critic for WineAlign.com, Canada’s largest wine publication. He also writes for Wine & Spirits Magazine and has published columns in numerous other magazines and newspapers. John's latest book, Volcanic Wines, Salt, Grit and Power (Jacquie Small, 2016, UK) earned critical acclaim globally including the André Simon Award 2016. John is also a partner in the small J&J Eger vineyard in Hungary.
John is eager to discover the volcanic vineyards of New Zealand - an important stop on the Pacific Ring of Fire.
Auckland's Volcanic Field
Auckland's Volcanic Field consists of at least 48 volcanoes with the Waitemata and Manukau harbours considered ancient rivers, surrounded by dry land, that overtime have been submerged by the sea. Waiheke Island, now important as a wine-growing region, remained above sea level. The numerous small scoria cones, that on average range from 10 to 120 meters in height, contribute a unique and unexplored aspect of Auckland’s wine terroir.