Waitangi Day commemorates an agreement between the British Crown and the native New Zealanders, the Māori. Many modern Māori have protested the celebration because of alleged unfairness in the treaty. But, shoot, the only treaty that I’m aware of that we ever offered the natives here in the Americas was smallpox. But I’m no historian.

Jess From Wine Channel TV at Kenmore Live StudiosThis Saturday, 5 February, on Waitangi Day Eve, I’ll be celebrating New Zealand Wine Day at Kenmore Live Studio in Chicago, hosted by Jess from Wine Channel TV and Complexity. There will be 59 different wines from 21 different wineries paired with New Zealand cuisine prepared by Mike from Chicago’s own Sunda.

Master of Wine Alstair  Mailing from Villa Maria will be there, and you can come, too! Sorta, at least you can watch the event live on Facebook.com/NZWineDay and follow the discussion using the hashtag #NZWineDay.

I’ll be live blogging at the event on Facebook.com/Brokewino and on Twitter. I’m looking forward to trying some bitchin’ Sauvignon Blanc, and hopefully some Riesling, Gewurz, Pinot Noir, and maybe even a Bordeaux blend or two. We’ll see what surprises are in store. Hope to see you there, or at the very least, on the interwebz.