New Year, New Vintage In NZ
In the Northern Hemisphere, wine tasting this time of year might consist of samples nabbed from Mom and Dad's basement store. But in New Zealand, there's still a chance to taste some first fruits and show off what you learned from "Sideways." All the better at Rhythm and Vines, a music festival held at a winery starting December 29.
Held in the town of Gisborne, one of the closest in the world to the International Date Line, Rhythm and Vines on the grounds of the vineyard Waiohika Estate features big acts like Santogold, Public Enemy and Franz Ferdinand--people you wouldn't necessarily associate with a fest for which people camp out. For those without New Year's Eve plans, bring your bestie with the just unveiled Double Trouble ticket pack including on-site camping and bus tickets back to Gisborne ($320) or take five friends for $858. Not a camper? Day passes to the fest are just $37.
[Photo from the 2005-2006 event: jesstherese]