Rodney Times : December 23rd 2010
11 RODNEY TIMES, DECEMBER 23, 2010 09 422 7915 designpointarchitecture Proud to be the Designers and Landscape Designers for Plume the vineyard restaurant Matakana Chris and Brigid at Designpoint would like to wish our valued clients and contractors a very Merry Christmas INDIAN CUISINE Dine In Takeaway Free local delivery Lunch Mon-Fri 11.30-2.30 Dinner 7 nights 4.30 till late Shop 11, 15 Karepiro Drive Whangaparaoa Ph 09 424 3400 *conditions apply WHEN 10 OR MORE DINE IN www.raviz.co.nz 3273537AG TimeOut Advertising Feature Dining & Entertainment Warkworth artist: Hugh Brading's acrylic on canvas titled The Lions Build the Warkworth Wharf, will be one of many artworks on show at the 17th Great Summer Art Exhibition in Snells Beach. Tennis club serves up art exhibition The 17th Great Sum- mer Art Exhibition at Snells Beach Com- munity Centre opens with a preview nibbles and drinks evening on December 28. About 150 artists from around the country will exhibit more than 400 artworks, judged by artist Jan Aldritt- Miller. The exhibition opens 9am to 4pm daily from December 29, closing at noon on January 3. The event is a major fundraiser for the Mahurangi East Tennis Club. Entry is free, and proceeds from art sales will go towards laying new courts. The preview evening starts at 7pm with entry $10 at the door. Family fun day for rescue helicopter The Tapora community has its annual fun day on January 2. It s an event for kids and adults alike, and all profits will go to the Auckland Rescue Heli- copter Trust, which operates the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Organisers are invit- ing the community to the Tapora Beach Domain area from 2pm to 5pm, for games, food, raffles and prizes. There will be races, from plain running to egg and spoon, wheelbar- row and sack races, and gumboot throwing, face painting, tug-of-wars, lolly scrambles, and a sausage sizzle. A competition to design and create the best Tapora hat will be held, as well as a West- pac Rescue Helicopter drawing competition. Everyone under 15 will receive a small prize, ice block and lolly scramble. Organisers say they are taking contributions towards the raffles. If you have something to donate email maggie. firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of the year's best for Christmas Day By SUE COURTNEY Christmas Day is a special day for families but it is also a special time for wine lovers to share treasured wines from their cellar. But not everyone has a wine cellar, so these recommendations are some of this year s best. Heading my menu is ham on the bone with the classic Kiwi brown sugar, pineapple juice and mustard glaze with pineapple rings and cherries for decoration. The meat is salty but the glaze is sweet, so a riesling that is off-dry to medium, served chilled, will go down a treat. Main Divide Waipara Valley Riesling 2009, $19.95, from the winemakers at Pegasus Bay has tantalising aromas and flavours of honeysuckle, lemons, lime and tangelo. It s a crowd-pleaser and will be delicious as an aperi- tif as well as with the ham. Pinot noir goes with just about everything because it s not too heavy, nor too tannic. Lighter styles match to salmon and ham, fuller styles to turkey and lamb. Julicher 99 Rows Martinborough Pinot Noir 2009, $29.95, is sen- suous and impressive. Juicy flavours of cran- berries and cherries are balanced by smoky savoury oak with hints of cake spices and an earthy complexity. Chardonnay is a wine that follows the 80/20 rule because 80 percent of wine drinkers simply adore it. The local tipples, especially those from Kumeu River and West Brook, are some of New Zealand s finest. West Brook, especially, offers five-star drinking for around $21 a bottle. Martinborough Vine- yards Chardonnay 2008, $30, is a top Christmas Day treat. It s full- bodied, toasty and creamy. Coopers Creek SV Hawke s Bay Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, $27, is a glorious full-bodied, sumptuous red and per- fect with beef or lamb. Corbans Cottage Block Cut Cane Pinot Gris 2008, $30, is the match for dessert. It tastes like nectar with an array of tropical fruit flavours. Liqueur muscat is one of the world s greatest sweet wines and no one does it better than the Australians. The extrav- agant McWilliams Show Reserve Muscat has a texture like golden syrup and heady flavours of muscatelle raisin, candied peel, nuts and toffee. Everyone has their favourites, so welcome the sauvignon blanc -- a perfect match to mussels, oysters and the tomato and rocket salad -- and have a great fam- ily day.
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