Roll up for the 2012 New Zealand wine fair

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Shake off those January blues by heading to Lord’s, the home of cricket, for this year’s New Zealand Wine Fair. There will be more than 600 wines on offer at the tasting, which takes place on Tuesday 24 January, from crisp, clean Sauvignon Blancs to elegant, fruit Pinot Noirs and rich, spicy Syrahs.

The Kiwis proved last year that they know a thing or two about playing rugby, but their winemakers are a talented bunch, too, and New Zealand is rightly regarded as among one of the best wine regions in the world, capable of a wide variety of styles, including sparkling and sweet wines.

Visitors to the tasting will get the chance to meet some of New Zealand’s best winemakers, from industry legends such as Kevin Judd (who used to work at the iconic Cloudy Bay winery) and John Forrest, to up-and-coming stars like Matt Thompson (St Clair) and Tamra Washington (Yealands Estate).

The tasting runs from 6pm-9pm. Tickets cost £25 each, or £22.50 each when 10 are bought (one free), and are available online. For more information, call Clare Leech at New Zealand Winegrowers on 020 7973 8079. Additionally, cash purchases can be made on the door on the day.

Find out more about New Zealand wines.