15 JULY 2017: It may be a cool winter day outside, but inside you are warmed by the magic of inspired food and wine matches, the sensuous pleasures of Pinot Noir and the surprisingly down to earth style of Larry (McPinot) McKenna. Larry is one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed wine makers, despite an old school English commentator saying he “looks more like a nightclub bouncer than a winemaker”. This is the latest in Ruth’s annual series of Winemaker Lunches at Springfield.
Larry was the very first professional winemaker in the fledgling Martinborough wine village, appointed CEO/Winemaker of Martinborough Vineyard. His love for and international success with the notoriously fickle and challenging pinot noir grape earned him the nickname Larry McPinot, He’s also been described as The Prince of Pinot, often to his embarrassment.
In 1999 he established Escarpment Vineyard as one of the first to plant grapes in Te Muna Road, just outside Martinborough. His aim was simple: to continually produce the very best of tomorrow’s definitive New World wines.
Highly popular with Ruth’s wine and food loving customers, these annual winemaker events are a perfect excuse for both Larry and Paul Pretty to delve into the treasures of their cellars, and for Ruth to dream up superb flavour combinations. Importantly, there is lots of talking, sharing, questions, answers and the occasional disagreement about a wine.
Larry’s contribution to the New Zealand wine industry was recognised recently with his induction into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame, and as recipient of the George Fistonich medal for services to the New Zealand wine industry.
Saturday 15 July 2017
10.00am – 4.00pm, morning tea served from 9.15am