The Grove and Organic Winegrowers NZ have teamed up to deliver one of the most exciting wine and food events of the year. If you are in Auckland over Organic Wine Week, this dinner is one for the calendar! The menu and wine selection has been designed specifically to celebrate Organic Wine Week and showcases three regions Gisborne, Marlborough and Central Otago - with winemaker hosts James Millton of The Millton Vineyard, Sam Weaver of Churton and Claire Mulholland of Burn Cottage.
The night will highlight the very essence of organic wine production; respect and richness of place.
Each winemaker will bring with them produce from their vineyard farm - honey, avocado, oil & aged vinegar are a few of the treats to discover. A true collaboration of place at one of New Zealand's most acclaimed restaurants.
Since its doors opened in 2004, The Grove has secured itself as one of Auckland’s top restaurants with a unique approach to both food and service. With a passion for and expertise in the industry, owners Michael and Annette Dearth have gained outstanding recognition for the creation of this fine dining oasis. Michael and Annette excelled in the San Francisco hospitality industry before making their home in New Zealand. Their love of life, family and great food shines through in all they do.
The Dearth's are very proud of both The Grove and its sister restaurant Baduzzi. Michael’s influence is apparent throughout their wine lists with interesting and obscure cuvées from all over the world as well as here in NZ. Michael embraces progressive and sustainable wine making and as such The Grove showcases an impressive range of organic and biodynamic wines - 70 offerings at last count!
But what will you eat you ask? Here is a sneak peak at the epic Organic Wine Week menu. (Subject to seasonal inspirations of course!)
Beetroot tartare, shiso, sorrel
Millton Chenin Blanc - Yellowtail kingfish, cucumber, tobiko Burn Cottage Riesling and Gruner Veltliner - Wild mushrooms, confit egg yolk, smoked yoghurt puree, wakame
Millton Chardonnay - Lamb rack with wild garlic and buffalo curd Churton Pinot Noir - Grass fed beef fillet, cauliflower and whey Burn Cottage Pinot Noir - Gingerbread parfait with blood orange and kaffir lime Churton Petite Manseng
The price is only $170 per person, including a five course tasting menu and matching wines.