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Newsletter: July 2020

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Mid-Winter Greetings,

Writing a book is an interesting process and now with my 5th book across the line, it's hard not reflect on this arduous process. Margaret Mahy told me, many years ago, when I was writing my first book, How to Grow Your Hospitality Business, that it was the editing of the book that was the hardest part. This advice, I discovered myself, is too true and the attention to detail, grammar, format styles, reviewing the editor's comments and suggested changes is surprisingly time-consuming and at times brain-draining because of the minutiae. So finally when the finished book arrives, there is a lot of emotion in the unpacking of that first copy. Covid-19 presented its own challenges as the New Zealand Wine Guide (2nd ed) was printed in China with lots of delays due to their lockdown and then delays because of our own lock down in New Zealand.

Recently we were able to celebrate the launch with a wine tasting (naturally) and a guest appearance by illustrious wine maker and winery photographer, Kevin Judd. It is certainly Kevin's photos that provide such meaningful illustrations of the story of New Zealand wine. As founding winemaker and later general manager of Cloudy Bay, Kevin has a unique perspective on the development of our dynamic wine sector. I asked Kevin to select a series of photos from the book that he thought captured an essence of the backstory. Kevin, then talked live from his home in Marlborough about these images.

I am also very grateful to Donna Hoyle for the book design and aesthetic. It is a thrill to have such a beautiful book that is also an valued educational resource.

Covid-19 has also forced innovation in unexpected ways and I have successfully run two NZQA Certificate in New Zealand Wine micro-credential Online courses using and the New Zealand Wine Guide as the textbook and supplying my students with a case of wine to taste along with me over 4 sessions. People have joined from Northland to Central Otago. On-Line Learning and tasting together, in an interactive way, breach the barriers of distance. It's fun!

With best wishes,

New Zealand Wine Guide's official launch 

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"More than just a wine guide - There’s a useful and enlightening section on viticulture, a wine drinker’s guide to major (and many minor) grape varieties, a guide to winemaking and even a no-nonsense and very lucid section on evaluating wine plus a history of wine and hospitality in New Zealand"

- Highly Recommended,  Bob Campbell MW Click here to find out more.

Please find below more photos of the book launch and information about our winter programmes.

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We welcomed friends and colleagues to the NZ Wine Guide launch and Kevin Judd joined from Marlborough.In the photo above, we listen to Kevin recounting the story behind this image of winter pruning at Felton Road.

And, we used this opportunity to share some of New Zealand great wines and ask our guests to think about what they liked about each wines and answer some simple questions including their overall impression plus, would they buy this wine in the future?  Read the full story here.

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15 Wines to Taste - Feedback Results

A great line-up of wines with an intriguing results. Below are the top 5 wines rated wines by our wine-loving guests.

  • Milton Chenin Blanc 2018
  • Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2018
  • Burn Cottage Pinot Noir 2016
  • Hans Herzog Tempranillo 2015
  • Pegasus Bay Finale Noble Sauvignon Semillon 2017

We also asked our guests if they would buy buy this wine in the future ? Here are the top rated wines for this question.

  • Burn Cottage Pinot Noir 2016
  • Oak Estate Late Harvest Chardonnay 2018
  • Milton Chenin Blanc 2018
  • Hans Herzog Tempranillo 2015
  • Pegasus Bay Finale Noble Sauvignon Semillon 2017

Just goes to show that many kiwis do have a sweet-spot for those luscious white wines and Pegasus Bay Finale Noble Sauvignon Semillon 2017 was the resounding winner on both questions. But how many people are really buying sweet wines? Read the full story here.

Online: NZQA Certificate in New Zealand Wine


Our recent online Certificate in New Zealand micro-credential included people from around the country over four evening sessions. In June, we had participants join us from Central Otago, Christchurch, Blenheim, Wellington and Auckland.

This is a comprehensive introduction to wine regions, grape varieties, wine styles and is delivered over 4 online evening sessions from 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We have partnered with Glengarry to deliver the wine case at your doorstep at an additional cost of $295.

Tuesdays & Thursdays
18 & 20, 25 & 27 August 2020
6 & 8, 13 & 15 October 2020

Click here for more information. 

Do you have a dream to open your own Food Business at home?


We look at key information regarding the setup of a kitchen in your home. 

Starting with important information from Auckland Council, or your local council and working through the approval process.

We will talk about -

  • farmer's markets, night markets
  • small activations
  • pop-ups

All these ideas will help turn your dream into reality.

Saturday, 25 July from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Click here to sign up. 

Evening option - NZ Certificate in Cookery, Foundation

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Learn the foundation cookery skills to begin your culinary career and give you confidence in a professional kitchen. Have fun learning these fundamental techniques!

We have introduced a new evening stream for the Certificate in Cookery, Foundation course which begins on 20 July. 

Programme Schedule - 
20 July - 16 Oct 2020 | 14 weeks

Monday - Thursday from 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fridays - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cultural Cooking Day for our Advanced Chefs


Unlocking the cuisines of other cultures with the Advanced Cookery students on their last day with us.

Watch a video of the dishes here -

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The dishes included scrumptious Korean Fried Chicken, Malaysian Nasi Lamek with anchovies and peanuts, Indonesian Beef Rendang, Okonomiuaki classic Japanese pancake with pork belly, Cambodian pancakes stuffed with turmeric, shrimp, lettuce and Sour cherry dumplings from Ukraine.

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Upcoming WSET courses

WSET Level 2 Wines

The world of wine is very exciting.

Learning more about wine can enrich your life in many ways - whether it be for career development, or to become more skilled at choosing wine to enjoy with friends. 

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines - Learn the language of wine, and become comfortable with aromas, flavours, structural characteristics and more! 

22, 29 July & 5 Aug
6pm - 9pm

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines - You will learn about the major wine growing regions from around the world, understand their grape varieties and styles of wine as well as interpret their labels. 

15, 16, 29 & 30 Aug
9am - 3pm

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines - The class-room based course over 4 weekends ensures you develop a detailed understanding of the principal wines regions of the world. 

31 Oct & 1, 14, 15, 28 & 29 Nov, 12 & 13 Dec
9am - 3.30pm

Upcoming NZQA full time Courses - Hospitality & Cookery 


NZ Certificate in Food & Beverage, Level 4 starts on Sept 7, 2020 and consists of a number of modules including:

  • Barista
  • Bartending and WSET Level 2 Spirits
  • New Zealand Wine
  • Customer service
  • Culinary and Cookery Knowledge


NZ Diploma in Cookery, Level 5 focuses on ingredients and the understanding of advanced cookery techniques and building an in-depth knowledge of how products are transformed by cooking processes.

  • Garde Manger
  • Operations Management
  • Human Resources
  • A la Carte Cookery & Menu Design
  • Regional Cuisine and Culture

Programme start dates:

  • 20 July - 6 Apr 2021
  • 30 Nov - Aug 2021

Barista Part One & Two


Learn how to work with milk, espresso recipes, terms and techniques, and learn how the different roasts and storage options affect the quality of the coffee.

Mon, Tue, Wed: 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  • 27, 28, 29 July
  • 3, 4, 5 Aug

Weekends: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

  • 25, 26 July
  • 8, 9 Aug

The Barista Part Two course builds on our Barista Part One, where over two extra days, you will learn about Latte Art and work on building speed.  

Further techniques and recipes are covered including:

  • Soy Latte
  • Chai Latte
  • Practice techniques from Part One

Thursday & Friday: 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  • 6, 7 Aug
  • 20, 21 Aug

Sign up

WSET® Level 2 Award in Spirits


In this course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the most important spirit and liqueur categories; how they are produced and how they can be used as beverages and transformed as cocktails.

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tues & Thurs
28, 30 July & 4, 6 Aug

Sign up

Essentials of Cooking Fine Food at Home

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Transform your cooking skills in our professional kitchen using classic techniques over one weekend session.

9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday
29, 30 Aug

Sign up

Chocolate Essentials

Chocolate runouts

Our one day class starts with an introduction to chocolate, then you will learn a variety of skills while making a range of tempting treats to take home.

9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat, 8 Aug

Sign up

Artisan Breads


Perfect your kneading and bread-making techniques with the support of our chef in this one day weekend course.
9:30am - 3:00pm

Sat, 22 Aug

Sign up

Cocktail & Bartending

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Have fun practising some classic cocktails over three evenings.
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm​

Mon, Tue, Wed
10, 11, 12 Aug

Sign up

Online: LCQ & Food Safety

Licence Controller Qualification  
Fri, 7 Aug
Food Safety & Hygiene
Fri, 24 July

For onsite courses please have a look at our webpage for the next available dates.



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Celia Hay

Celia Hay's fascination of flavoursome food, international cuisines,  fine wine and the art of hospitality led her to establish *Hay's Restaurant* in 1994 and the *New Zealand School of Food and Wine* in 1995 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Founded by Celia Hay, the New Zealand School of Food and Wine opened its first campus in Christchurch in 1995.

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