Story: Alcohol

Wine and cheese evening

Wine and cheese evening

In the 1960s and 1970s New Zealanders developed a taste for wine. This was partly an effect of foreign travel to wine-drinking societies and partly a response to greater availability of wine, as New Zealand wine-growing and an international reputation for high-quality wine developed. Wine and cheese evenings such as this were one way new habits of wine drinking became established. Sometimes they were purely social occasions, but others were organised to educate New Zealanders about the range of wines being produced. Wine columns became common in magazines and newspapers.

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Reference: Eric Southern, New Zealand wine and cheese guide. Wellington: Seven Seas, c1969, p. 18

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Jock Phillips, 'Alcohol - The drink revolution, 1960 onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 January 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 13 Apr 2016