Two weeks on from the Modern Pantry Dinner and all I can think about is the Te Mara Pinot Gris. Should any other member of the network be as obsessed with this wine as me I will remind you that the only place - aside from some of London's best restaurants and Air NZ Business Class - that you can access it is to order a case of 6 bottles online at www.temaraestate.com.
Summary of the evening
Our July event was held in the first floor dining area at the Modern Pantry located in Clerkenwell, on a hot London Monday. Following a welcome drink and networking 36 (thirsty) New Zealand women took their places in anticipation of the gourmet food and wine to come. Maggie Eyre, Professional Presentation Coach, introduced Janiene Bayliss, owner of Te Mara Estate and our speaker for the evening. The staff at the Modern Pantry were spot-on in serving both the wines and two courses, specially designed by Anna Hansen.
Our menu on the night:
Smokey grilled aubergine, yuzu, soy, chilli & ginger dressing, crispy shallots
Served with Te Mara 2008 Pinot Gris
Roast chicken, mole rojo sauce, samphire
Served with Te Mara 2008 Pinot Noir
Janiene spoke about her vineyard and elegant wines, and the entertaining and professional summary of what we were drinking and tasting was enlightening. Her advice included what to serve these exceptional NZ wines with. Pinot Gris compliments a meal with a spot of spice particularly well, and Pinot Noir being a bit of a 'cross dresser' looking decidedly red, but thinking it's a white, is a safe bet to serve with most main courses.
Following dinner Janiene shared a more personal story of her background as an international brand strategist, how she worked for a year on her own distinctly NZ brand, and also gave us an insight into exactly how much investment, planning and hard work you need to put in to sell your wine and be awarded a prestigious 98 points from Robert Parker.
Three women made snappy three minute introductions the network:
Wendy Kerr introduced her Business Breakthrough Now www.business-breakthrough-now.com
Romy Brandeis spoke about the New Zealand Society www.nzsociety.co.uk
Jane Everett introduced TheMIGroup www.themigroup.com
A prize draw followed with some great giveaways. A huge thank you to the women who contributed to the night, and the companies who donated door prizes.
The Modern Pantry www.themodernpantry.co.uk
Te Mara Estate www.temaraestate.com
Maggie Eyre www.maggieeyre.com
The NZ Society www.nzsociety.co.uk
Auckland University of Technology www.aut.ac.nz
Women's Press / Janet Frame Books. These can be bought at Kiwifruits, located behind NZ House www.kiwifruitsnzshop.com
The proceeds from all book sales will be used to raise public awareness and to sponsor a blue plaque on Janet Frame's primary residence in London.
The night finished with a networking noticeboard; a concept that will continue to encourage building those critical connections you are looking for within the network. We departed nourished, by good food, wine and company.