Celia Hay

Man O'War wine Food & Wine Pairing

A fine line-up of Man O’War wines introduced by winemaker Duncan McTavish and David Nash.

Beyond the magnificent beaches of Noosa and the Sunshine coast

Beyond the magnificent beaches of Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, you can also discover remnants of ancient rainforests dominated by numerous species of eucalyptus otherwise known as gum trees.

Sir Miles Warren - his legacy for Christchurch

Sir Miles Warren (1929 - 2022) has endowed Christchurch, not only with his buildings but also with his home and gardens.

Banks Peninsula’s Te Ara Pātaka; the summit walkway

Banks Peninsula’s Te Ara Pātaka; the summit walkway traverses parts of the ancient crater rim that flanks both Akaroa and Lyttleton Harbours.

New Zealand Wines that Age

Presenting AUT Auckland University of Technology Professional Wine Knowledge programme this week, I was able to pull from the cellar a flight of wines that demonstrates that aging wine brings forth new characteristics that are not always apparent in young wines.

Women in Wine: Celia Hay on making the most of lockdown

It's been 10 years since the Christchurch earthquake forced Celia Hay out of her food and wine business in the city, and 2021 was another challenging year. Read the full story by Joelle Thomson for the New Zealand Wine Growers magazine.

Summer of Bruce

Bruce Springsteen is one of those singers, whose distinctive, raspy voice is easy to identify even if the lyrics are hard to decipher.

Hike to Lake Crucible, Mount Aspiring National Park

Mount Aspiring (Tititea) National Park dominates the Central Otago highlands. Snow-crusted mountains that soar beyond 2000 meters, snow tussocks about 500 metres and New Zealand beech trees flank the lower altitudes. The Siberia Stream Valley leads on to the Gillespie Pass but a side trip can take you to Lake Crucible at the foot of a glacier.

New NZQA Micro-Credentials

With NZQA approval for 13 micro-credentials, the New Zealand School Food and Wine hopes to inspire and attract new people to jobs in hospitality, wine and tourism and also enhance wider community understanding of our food and beverage story.

Notes on Attwood's Empire and the Making of Native Title

That chance and circumstance played such a central role in the foundation of New Zealand as a British colony is startling. Professor Bain Attwood's book Empire and the Making of Native Title, 2020 explains this extraordinary story.

Hobson Bay Adventure

Running along the coastline, shielded from the Waitemata by Tamaki Drive, lies the Hobson Bay Walkway. This urban adventure can be joined at a number of access points; from Shore Road and also via flights of steps that lead down to the bay from a series of Parnell streets.

Hay Scenic Reserve

On July 11 2021, we unveiled an interpretation panel to give context to the reserve that, according to botanist and conservationist Hugh Wilson, is a remnant of lowland podocarp/hardwood and “one of the best, if not the best, of only four or five very small surviving fragments in the whole region” of Banks Peninsula.

Okains Bay Museum

Walking into the Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum Banks Peninsula, it’s hard not to feel the urge to salute the mighty totara tree, once so abundant on Banks Peninsula, and now remembered as waka (canoe), or fence post or roof shingles or tiles.

Remembering Christchurch Earthquake 10 years later.

Everyone living in Christchurch has their own personal story of this time; some of tragedy or heroism, others recalling small steps to help friends or family or strangers or even to offer emotional support to rise-up again after such challenges.

Two new wine qualifications launch this year

Celia Hay is launching the new courses this year at the New Zealand School of Food and Wine, which she founded in 1995 in Christchurch, then relocated to Auckland in 2011 after the quakes.

New Wine Guide - 2nd Edition wins the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

The evolution of New Zealand as a vine-growing, wine producing country is also a story of the New Zealand Dream; of inspired entrepreneurs, captivated by the aromas, flavours and sociability of wine.

New Zealand Wine Guide (2nd ed) - Book Launch

Recently we were able to celebrate the launch with a wine tasting (naturally) and a guest appearance by the illustrious wine maker and winery photographer, Kevin Judd.

New Zealand Wine Guide (2nd Edition) - Media Release

First published in 2014, the completely updated second edition of the book will provide a useful and accessible resource for people wishing to extend their knowledge of New Zealand wines.

Celia's reflections on a Hospitality Career Journey

Celia Hay, founder of the New Zealand School of Food and Wine, reflects on a life in hospitality.

25 Years of Food & Wine

The New Zealand School Of Food & Wine celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

Dart River Hike - Mount Aspiring National Park

Three days hiking along the Dart River at the side of Mount Earnslaw at the head of Lake Wakatipu.

Gisborne Wine & Food Tour

Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the sun each day and experience the energy of that first light.

Jancis Robinson's Wine Atlas Launch in New Zealand

Celebrating the launch of the World Atlas of Wine (8th Ed) by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson.

Dinner at The Fat Duck

What an incredible treat to enjoy The Fat Duck journey.

Volcanic Wines of the Naples Region + Dinner in Milano

This Volcanic region is famous for its local wines. Located just north of Naples and not far from Mount Vesuvio.

Wines of Ningxia, China

Yinchuan, the capital city of Ningxia Hui Autonomous region is where the great Mongol Emperor Ghengis Khan met his death around 1227.

Kyoto and ASI Asia Oceania Best Sommelier Competition 2018

Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, it is crammed full of notable buildings, temples, beautiful gardens and its food delicacies and sake offer another unique experience.

One Belt One Road Sommelier Competition Ningxia - Sept 2018

 Congratulations to New Zealand Sommelier Maciej Zimny along with his team won the One Belt One Road Sommelier Summit Competition in Ningxia.

NZ Somms at ASI Asia Oceania Competition - Kyoto 2018

The ASI Association of Sommeliers InternationalAsia Oceania Competition was held in Kyoto. Andrea Martinisi and Marek Przyborek were representing New Zealand, and placed 5thand 6threspectively.

The Natural Wines of Georgia and the Qvevri

In June, I was fortunate to visit Georgia for the General Assembly of the ASI Association of Sommeliers International and to present New Zealand's creditentials for membership.

Toscana: Discovering iconic wines

Driving around the narrow, windy roads through the bush-clad Tuscan hills it is easy to see why there is a proliferation of communes and villages, with romantic Italian names, that designate a particular wine style and terroir.

Luncheon at Champagne Louis Roederer

A special gastronomic lunch at Champagne Louis Roederer was savoured in the luxurious surroundings of the Roederer Mansion followed by a tour of the winery and visit to a small portion of Roederer's 5 kilometres of cellar that lies beneath the city of Reims.

Discovering Austria

In May, the Sommelier Union of Austria hosted the European Sommelier Competition in Vienna and in my role as chairperson of the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Association, I was invited to attend.

Best Sommelier Competition Europe and Africa 2017

Congratulations to Raimonds Tomsons from Latvia to who won the Best Sommelier for Europe and Africa.

Sommelier visits to Mornington Peninsula & Macedon Ranges, Victoria

The sommeliers would split into different groups with each one headed for an important wine region in Victoria - Geelong, Yarra, Macedon Ranges and Mornington Peninsula. My group headed to Mornington to learn about their signature Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs and discover that they also make excellent Pinot Gris.

Sweet and Sophisticated: The Story of Tokaji Wine

The wines of the Hungarian region of Tokaj, or as they say it “toe-kay,” are a window into the past.

Discovering Mendoza's wine and culinary traditions

Mendoza is both a city and a province and is located in the far west of Argentina. It is 1000 km from Buenos Aires and less than 200 km to Santiago, Chile, via National Route 7, a road that winds through the Andes and takes 7- 8 hours to drive.

World Best Sommelier Competition in Argentina 2016

The vibrant wine culture in Argentina has enabled it to host the ASI Association of Sommeliers International's Best Sommelier in the World.