The wind carries the sound of Jazz …

A jazzy trinity: Fiona, Kevin and Taittinger...

There seems to be a general sigh of relief in the air as spring approaches, so to celebrate, this month we brought back one of our signature events: The Spring Luxury Jazz Week-End.  Due to popular demand, our Jazz week-ends have become a permanent fixture in our calendar. Here, food, music and wine mingle harmoniously.

This time, our featured wine was Taittinger and our guest performers were Jazz singer Fran Barton and pianist Kevin Clark from Wellington. They played to a full house – there was even a waiting list! But never fear, if you are ever in the area during one of these events, and you simply want to book in for dinner, just call us and make a reservation. You do not need to be a guest to enjoy the show, and if you are coming by boat, you can ask if one of our moorings is available.

Our guests enjoyed all of the activities we had on offer: Our resident Spa therapist Richelle was kept busy; our kayaks were all taken, although there were no takers for the fleet of paddleboards- the water is still too cold…

The Lady Karen and her skipper Gordon Lowe had guests scalloping and skeet shooting around the Sounds, and trampers walking down from the Queen Charlotte Track were met by three figures in a row boat in the middle of the bay, the wind carrying the sounds of cool jazz through the air…

This constant serenade was a delightful backdrop to the degustation dinners that followed: Hannes (our Chef), with the help of our friend Nick Bolster (from Vintners) and our sommelier Melanie, treated guests to a special menu perfectly matched with wines from the house of Taittinger. Imagine a dash of each type of Tattinger in dishes such as crayfish, koura and arctic tooth fish. Or, a Tattinger Prelude Champagne Bisque with vanilla-fried cauliflower, tapioca pearls and glazed baby leeks, which was a dish created especially for this Degustation. Finally, as a pre-dessert: Tattinger, basil and lime Granite…

So if, like me, you like a fusion of food, wine and music, find out about our October Luxury Jazz Week-End- this time with Wellington Jazz band Hot Club Sandwich and violinist Fiona Pears. Villa Maria wines will be on the menu and senior winemaker Jeremy McKenzie  will deliver a wine-tasting master-class not to be missed. Hannes’ special menu will be one to look out for: There will most likely be one course with Twin Rivers Organic Lamb, matched with one of his favourite Villa Maria reds…See you there!

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