An Exclusive Dinner Featuring the Wines of Whitehaven – May 3 – Toronto

On Tuesday, May 3rd, join us for a dinner and tutored tasting featuring the wines of one of New Zealand’s most respected family wine companies, Whitehaven.

This special tutored tasting and gourmet dinner will be at Jump Restaurant with Whitehaven Wines founder and proprietor Sue White and general manager Simon Tonycliff. Whitehaven is located in Marlborough, the heartland of New Zealand winemaking. Sue leads a small, talented, committed team who have carved global recognition for the WHITEHAVEN label, showcasing elegant, single varietal Marlborough wines that are enjoyed around the world.

Gold Medal Plate Winner Chef Luke Kennedy will be preparing a special meal to pair perfectly with each wine showcased during the evening.

Sue and Simon will be joined by WineAlign’s David Lawrason.


About Whitehaven

Whitehaven was founded in 1994 by Sue and Greg White during a sailing expedition along the New Zealand coastline. What was meant to be a mere stop along the way became a spontaneous new course, charted by the Whites. Instead of continuing past Marlborough, they fell in love with the region, dropped anchor permanently and established Whitehaven. Two decades later, the company is headed by Sue White, an enthusiastic advocate of the spectacular Marlborough wine region, who continues to fulfill the dreams she shared with her late husband Greg.

Sue Whitehaven Sign

In Marlborough, the lengthy growing season — coupled with cooling breezes funneled in from the coast through the Wairau and Awatere Valleys — gives the wines intense flavors and crisp acidity. A wide diurnal swing and differentiated sandy soils, which run in east-west bands, converge to create the unique characteristics of Marlborough grapes: vibrant tropical flavors with a crisp and herbaceous edge.

Whitehaven sources fruit from 90 acres of its own vineyards and from more than 20 esteemed local growers located in exceptional vineyard sites across Marlborough’s Wairau and Awatere valleys. Whitehaven has formed strong partnerships with the region’s top growers, who consistently produce fruit of extraordinary quality. Whitehaven and many of its partners are active members of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ).

Whitehaven’s winemaking philosophy is centered on the pursuit of quality without compromise. Since its first vintage in 1995, Whitehaven has risen in popularity to become the top-selling ultra-premium Sauvignon Blanc in the United States. With this great success has come the need to expand the winery’s facilities. Following two decades of small production, Whitehaven has upgraded its winemaking resources to keep pace with the demand for fine Sauvignon Blanc wines from Marlborough.

Although Whitehaven has grown beyond the expectations of its original visionaries, the management, winemaking and viticultural teams remain small and focused, where their talents can be combined to produce elegant wines with distinctive regional character.


Whitehaven Vineyard

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Location:  Jump Restaurant (18 Wellington Street West, Commerce Court East, Toronto)

Reception: 6:30pm

Dinner: 7:00pm

Tickets:  $100 including all taxes and fees

Tickets are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.



Hors d’oeuvres
Wine: La Marca Prosecco*

Beet Salad

Hazelnut Vinaigrette, Watercress, Endive, Shrimp
Wine: Whitehaven Pinot Gris*

Fresch Chitarra
Fogo Island Crab, Parmesan Foam
Wine: Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc

Vadouvan, Burnt Orange, Snap Peas, Fresh Peas
Wine: Whitehaven Pinot Noir


* Available through VINTAGES release June/July 2016


About Jump Restaurant

Once a pioneer as the first restaurant in the Financial District, Jump is now a pillar of quality in our downtown dining scene.

Offering food that is robust, honest and full of flavour, Jump showcases modern North American cuisine with Italian influences. Subtly reinventing classic favourites, such as handmade pastas and great cuts of meat, Jump is dedicated to using the finest, freshest ingredients and to serving delicious food.

Renowned for its selection of over 90 types of scotch, whiskey and bourbon and its spirit-forward cocktails, the Jump bar buzzes with warmth and excitement.

Originally inspired by the bustle of a Manhattan café, Jump exudes an irresistible energy and a classic style, paired with distinctive modern notes. This vibrancy is brought to life by the sky-high glass atrium, dramatic lighting elements, striking liquor display, warm palette, signature New York style bar and hidden-gem courtyard patio.


Our winemaker events have been consistently and quickly selling out.  If you are interested in attending then we advise you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.



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