19 JANUARY 6:30-8:00PM 


Join Joelle Thomson as she chairs a wine writers' session with Bob Campbell, Michael Cooper and Yvonne Lorkin to hear about their wine writing, wine writers they read and wine writing trends. Each writer has chosen one white and one red wine up to $35 value for us to taste. Poppies Hamilton will have books for sale on the night.  This event is in partnership with Hamilton Beer & Wine Co.

This is a masterclass style tasting with limited spaces and registration is required. Cost is $40pp. This is a R18 event. If sold out please email to be placed on the wait list. 

Free parking available on campus. Enter via Gate 3 on Tristram St but avoid where resident or hostel parking only is stipulated. Parking is also available in Ward and Nisbet Streets and in the Wintec parking building accessed through Ward St.

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Wine Writer

Bob Campbell MW is one of New Zealand’s most experienced wine critics, judges and educators. He is wine editor of the Air NZ In-flight magazine Kia Ora as well as being New Zealand editor for Gourmet Traveller Wine. Bob has contributed to wine publications in seven countries. Over 23,000 people have attended his wine certificate courses in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Europe. He has been a senior judge in wine competitions in twelve countries.
Bob was awarded the George Fistonich medal in 2006 for services to NZ wine, inducted into the NZ Hall of Fame for his contribution to wine education
in 2013, awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2019 for services to the wine industry and made a Fellow of NZ Winegrowers in 2019 for his services to New Zealand wine.

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Wine Writer

Michael has 45 books and major literary awards including Montana Medal for supreme work of non-fiction at the 2003 Montana New Zealand Book Awards for Wine Atlas of New Zealand. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004 for services to wine writing.
Author of NZ's biggest-selling wine book, annual New Zealand Wines: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide, he was awarded the Sir George Fistonich Medal in recognition of services to New Zealand wine in 2009.
He is NZ editor of Australia’s Winestate magazine, has written for
North & South magazine and is wine columnist for the New Zealand Listener. Since 1991 he has been a full-time wine writer.
Cooper’s other major works include 100 Must-Try New Zealand Wines, Wine Atlas of New Zealand, Classic Wines of
New Zealand, The Wines and Vineyards of New Zealand

and Pocket Guide to Wines of New Zealand. 


MC and Wine Writer

Joelle is a writer, author, editor
who lives in Martinborough, loves wine, reading, gardening and generally enjoying the great outdoors. She trained as a journalist at Wellington Polytechnic on a good old fashioned typewriter in 1989 and has since written extensively for high profile magazines such as MiNDFOOD, Home, Urbis, FQ Entertaining and Good. She has written 16 wine books published by New Holland and HarperCollins and now works as a wine adviser for Regional Wines & Spirits in Wellington.
Joelle has the UK-based Wine & Spirit Education Trust highest qualification, the Level 4 Diploma. She has judged at wine shows in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa as a senior wine judge. She most recently judged at the 2019 Marlborough Wine Show and the A&P Bayleys Hawke’s Bay Wine Show.

Her book Celebrating NZ Wine was a finalist in its category at the Montana Book Awards and remains her favourite published writing in book form to date. Joelle’s weekly blog is published each Friday at

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Wine Writer

Yvonne is the co-founder and Chief Tasting Officer of tech-based, personalised wine subscription service WineFriend, host and producer of wine TV show Thirsty Work and the drinks editor for Dish Magazine. Her life is a full-time immersion in wine. She writes a weekly wine column in Canvas, (the NZ Herald weekend magazine),
regularly talks wine on television and radio including RNZ Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan and is also a senior Wine Competition judge.