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Wine Tasting with Steve Smith MW

On 25th October, Le Cordon Bleu London will be joined by Steve Smith MW, a leading authority in the New Zealand wine industry and joint proprietor of Smith & Sheth and Pyramid Valley, for an evening of New Zealand wines.

Smith & Sheth is a contemporary négociant based in Hawkes Bay who seek out exceptional parcels and vineyards, hand selecting the best grapes from each. They establish steadfast relationships with the land, growers and makers who form the DNA of their wines. The French call this terroir, but New Zealand has its own defining word - Tūrangawaewae - our place to stand in the world. This word describes the special connection of a people and the land they live, love and work in. Smith & Sheth wines reflect the magic and alchemy of this relationship and the true beauty of these places.

Pyramid Valley is a unique New Zealand wine estate with a 20-year history. Founded in 2000 in North Canterbury, the estate built up an enviable reputation for its world class, handcrafted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines and its commitment to biodynamics and low intervention winemaking. In 2017 the property was purchased by Steve and his friend Brian Sheth who were able to realise their long-held dream of creating great wines together. In 2018 they continued the Pyramid Valley story when they purchased Manata Estate in Central Otago, a vineyard that has produced fine Pinot Noir since 2002 and is also managed following the same principals as the original North Canterbury vineyard.

The title of this exciting event is Cool Stories of Wine and Vine from Aotearoa New Zealand. Wines on tasting will be:

- Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Chardonnay
- Smith & Sheth Cru Heretaunga Chardonnay
- Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Pinot Noir
- Pyramid Valley Central Otago Pinot Noir
- Smith & Sheth Cru Heretaunga Syrah
- Smith & Sheth Omahu Cantera

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Steve is a graduate of Lincoln University and holds a Master of Wine from the Institute of Masters of Wine in London, being the first viticulturist in the world to hold this title. He was awarded the Sir George Fistonich Medal for outstanding contribution to the New Zealand Wine Industry in 2014 and was named one of the 50 most influential people in the world of wine by Decanter Magazine in 1999. He has spent his entire life since leaving high school in the New Zealand wine industry, firstly as an academic, then in business with Villa Maria, followed by co-founding Craggy Range, and for 16 years leading the business as CEO. More recently he co-founded and is Managing Director of both the Smith & Sheth Wine Company and Aotearoa New Zealand Fine Wine Estates that owns Pyramid Valley and Lowburn Ferry.