The Brajkovich family and Kumeu River Wines is a story that parallels the New Zealand wine industry.From the pioneering days, to the establishment of the New Zealand wine industry, to today, the Brajkovich family have been internationally recognized as producing world class wine. The Brajkovichs are focused on and internationally recognised as producing world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
“If you can taste history, duty, and family pride in a glass, it’s there in the Kumeu River Chardonnays...now producing New Zealand’s greatest Chardonnays, not to mention the world’s.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, M.W./Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate.
Volpaia dates back to 1172. In 1250, Volpaia was a founding member of the Lega del Chianti (Chianti League). Today Castello di Volpaia is committed to organic farming practices in all of its vineyards and complies with all the organic viticulture legislation. Castello di Volpaia began practicing organic viticulture in the late 1990s, and the wines have been certified organic since the 2004 vintage. Winemaking at Volpaia has always been intent on preserving the region’s traditions and respecting the terroir — long before such trends in returning to the past emerged. In 1980, Volpaia was one of the first wineries to produce what later became known as a Super-Tuscan (the Coltassala). By the late 1990s, when other producers were moving toward wines in the “international style” and Super-Tuscans were in great fashion, Volpaia returned to producing its flagship, Coltassala, as a Chianti Classico Riserva.
Passed Hors d’ Ouevres
Black Truffle Arancini
Tuscan Spicy Mayo
Spiced Crab Cannoli
Toasted Pistachios, Micro Cilantro & Parsnip Puree
Pan -Seared Sockeye Salmon
Sweet Peas, Serrano Ham, Dijon Double Cream Sauce, Micro Pea Shoots,
Paprika-Roasted Creamer Potatoes
Maple Leaf Farm Sous Vide Duck Breast
Garlic Aromatic Swiss Chard, Butter-Poached Green Apple, Yukon Potato Cakes, Frisse Lettuce, Calvados Demi Glace
Chianti-Braised Kobe Beef Short RibsWild Mushroom Risotto, Confit Baby Carrots, Roasted Shallots, Thyme-Scented Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Natural Au Jus