In a recent post, we introduced one of our most loyal supporters Jade Wilkes and her parrot, Pablo Escobird. Her flatmate Hollie, also from the UK and a second mum to Pablo, is also a huge Game of Rhones fan – we caught up with her ahead of the big day. 

Tell us your (wine story! Who are you and what do you do? 

My name is Hollie Goldsby, I am 25 years young from the UK and work as an Office Manager in the business solutions industry. I must admit that I wasn’t a big wine drinker back in the day (don’t judge) and never truly appreciated it. Since living overseas, I have had the opportunity to divulge in a variety of incredible new experiences and wine is one of them – I have officially been converted and will NEVER look back!

What enticed you to Game of Rhones?

When my best friend Jade and I saw the opportunity to combine our love of GOT with wine and food, we booked the tickets in a heartbeat! We love attending different social events in the city but this one is definitely one of our favourites!

What’s your favourite thing about it?

All the winemakers are incredibly knowledgeable and are passionate about what they have produced, so it’s great to talk to them in depth about their wine. I also love catching up with the guys from Bottle Shop Concepts who are an awesome team and treat Pablo (our parrot) like a local celeb!

Do you G, S or M?

G, S AND M! Luckily Jade and I both enjoy full bodied reds and can therefore indulge in sharing a bottle (or two) when we go out for dinner, no arguments there!

Tell us your (battle) plan for this epic Rhone-wine tasting?

I will be up bright and early sorting my outfit for the day, fancy dress is my favourite and there could be face paint involved again this year (see above photo)! I will need to fuel up with a big brekkie, as a lined stomach is crucial with a day of tasting and I plan for no wineries to feel neglected!

If you were a Game of Thrones character, who would you be and why? 

Ygritte – purely for the fact that she got to pash Jon Snow, enough said! RIP.

What do you drink when no one is watching?

You just cannot go wrong with a large glass of Shiraz (especially from the Barossa Valley) after a long, hard day at work.

What are your top three picks to try at Game of Rhones?
  1. Man O’ War Vineyards – awesome place to visit on Waiheke, their platters are divine
  2. United Cellars – local and fabulous!
  3. Gemtree Wines – awesome variety

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