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My favourite wine shop has been sold!

Regional Wines and Spirits has been sold!

Stuff reports:“In an email to customers, managing director Moira Gaffney announced the business was being acquired by Scenic Cellars of Taupo.

“The team at Scenic Cellars have some exciting plans for Regional Wines to continue its mission in providing expert advice and a range of top-line wines, beers and spirits throughout the greater Wellington region and New Zealand as a whole,” Gaffney said.

“[I’m] excited to be able to hand Regional Wines and Spirits over to a team of passionate people with a proven track record, who will take it to the next level, and would like to sincerely thank you all for your custom over the last 29 years.”

Often referred to by locals simply as “Regionals”, the fate of the business had been in doubt in recent years with the site directly in the path of the Basin Flyover and proposed second tunnel through Mt Victoria.”

I hope the shop maintains its high standards, and keeps stocking boutique wines from all over the world, along with NZ’s best producers. I hope the new owners keep their allocations of good NZ wines, and they keep up the tradition of hosting wine tastings in the upstairs room and instore. It would be tragedy for the Wellington fine wine community if the new owners muck around too much with this iconic shop.

My tips to them are:

  1. No RTDs.
  2. Keep the beer taps.
  3. Stock more USA wines.
  4. Host a DRC tasting…


Photo by Kent Blechynden

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