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Poronui’s 2017 Food & Wine Weekend with Al Brown and Maude Winery

Many thanks to Al, Sarah-Kate and Dan for another fantastic and very memorable weekend. They have such a unique way of sharing their passion and knowledge for food and wine that one cannot help but be inspired.

Al’s menu showcased many of his recipes from his new book Eat Up. With delight, we discovered not only some Poronui recipes featured in the ‘Baked’ section but also my mother’s pastry recipe in the ‘Go-To’s and Garnishes’ section.

Check out the menu with wines to match.

Paua Pies

Maude Dry Riesling 2017

Trevally w/ Wasabi Pea's, Kewpie and Soy Syrup

Mt. Maude FB Riesling 2017

Roasted Eggplant w/ Cauliflower and Salsa Verde

Mt. Maude Chardonnay 2016

Snapper w/ Oyster Stew

Option Wine

Poronui Sika Venison w/ Duck Parfait, Cherry Relish and Bitter Greens

Mt. Maude Pinot Noir 2012

Short Rib with Maple Pumpkin and Chili Crunch

Option Wine

Quince Sticky Date Pud, w/ Custard

Madiera ex Barrique

Coffee and Truffles

The sharpness of the lemon drizzled over the paua pies worked extremely well with the off-dry style of the riesling.

Then in the cellar many at the table developed a whole new respect for trevally (a fish all too often discarded) and lots of nods and yums at the riesling with a hint of residual sugar matched with the flavours of the wasabi peas and salty soy.

If I had to choose a favourite it was a very close call between the crispy skinned snapper with the creamy oyster stew matched with the aged Australian Semillon and the Poronui Sika venison with the duck parfait and bitter greens matched with the Mt. Maude Pinot Noir 2012.

Sarah-Kate and Dan then threw out a couple of challenges with two Option Wines - Australian Semillon and Australian Shiraz. The last man standing in the quiz was rewarded with a bottle of Mt. Maude finest vintage.

Creating the ‘best of bubbles’ on Saturday afternoon was hotly contested. Not only were Sarah-Kate, Dan and Al impressed with the results on the palate but also the very creative labels. Could Maude be looking to expand their methode traditionnelle?

Epic Fly Rods - The Spirit of Craftsmanship

Continuing the question ‘What’s the best rod to use for New Zealand Conditions’ Here’s another view from Carl McNeil, Director of The Swift Fly Fishing Company.

Carl explained ‘the rods are designed, born and bred in New Zealand’, and believes ‘each Epic® fly rod is crafted to last a lifetime, the perfect balance of technology, durability and aesthetic beauty’.

‘We use two materials for construction. An advanced proprietary Glass Fibre material - FastGlass and an industry leading Carbon fibre material featuring a proprietary nano-resin and helical layup.

Our FastGlass fly rods are full flexing and extremely tough and durable - they are very light compared to standard fibreglass rods. FastGlas fly rods are all about the fun of fishing - they just have more “soul”

Our more conventional offerings are constructed of Carbon Fibre (Graphite to those the USA)- extremely light and medium fast actions.

We do not make super stiff “Broomsticks” all our rods are fishing rods first and foremost - they have been developed for New Zealand conditions from the get-go.

They are all about presentation, quality and reliability’.

When asked about rods for specific purposes Carl went on to explain:

Epic 590C Nano-tech Carbon Fibre (5 weight)

The Epic 590 C is a custom tuned, advanced, lightweight, and highly responsive fly rod designed for technical dry fly, emerger and nymph fishing for trout of all sizes Extremely lightweight but extremely strong, moderate / fast action.

Epic 690C Nano-tech Carbon Fibre (6 weight)

The Kiwi classic 6 weight. The Epic 690 C is a custom tuned, and highly responsive fly rod designed for larger dry fly, streamer and nymph fishing for trout of all sizes.

580 FastGlass Fly Rod (Glass Fibre)

The perfect small stream dry fly rod, The Epic 580 is an extremely smooth and versatile fly rod and the perfect choice for dry fly fishing. The 580 is super versatile and super smooth. Our personal favourite, the 580 presents with grace but has the strength and lifting power of a big five’.

This is Carl’s all time favourite.

Chef Al Brown, a member of Team Kiwi at the Jackson Hole One Fly Competition mentioned that Team Kiwi used Epic’s Carbon Fibre Rods (Graphite to US anglers) this year. Could this have been their secret weapon in coming third in the strongly fought competition!


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