Guest at Soneva Fushi Resort and Soneva Gili Resort are in for a double treat this coming January, 2004. The Winemakerå‘s Dinners series, which has proved so popular throughout 2003, is being presented at both resorts and will feature two wine experts: Andy Quady, and Alessia Antinori.
At Soneva Fushi on January 17, “The genius that is Andy Quady” will host just one tasting and one degustation dinner at which he will present his extraordinary wines. Soneva Gili will be the venue for a dinner and tasting several days later.
Andy Quady’s change of career from making fireworks to wine has proved just as explosive, with the creation of Essensia Orange Muscat - an instant success. Following this success his next creation was Elysium Black Muscat, with aromas of roses and lychees, and deep layers of flavour capable of matching the richest chocolate or blue cheese.
Mr Quady will also introduce his latest inspiration, the VYA extra dry vermouth - made from Orange Muscat and Valdepenas combined with botanic extracts - and his Starboard range of fortified wines made from the classic Portugese varieties.
Alessia Antinori belongs to the influential Florentine family that has been making wine in Tuscony and Umbria for 26 generations, since 1385. Her father is winemaker Piero Antinori, who became the voice of Italy in wine circles during the 1970s, by single-handedly creating the super Tuscan phenomenon with Sassicaia, a cabernet sauvignon aged in small oak barrels. This sparked a generation of avant-garde innovation that spread quickly to other regions.
By making wines that weren’t accepted under the traditional DOC rules, the wine could only be classified as vino da tavola, but their elegance, finesse and native character far surpassed any other Italian wine made at the time. Once the exceptional quality was recognised the wines were granted geographical appellations, and Antinori has since continued his revolution further south in Montepulciano, Montalcino and Apulia.”
Alessia Antinori presents her one tasting at Soneva Gili on January 19. A tasting and dinner will also be held at Soneva Fushi on January 22.
Winemaker Steven Spurrier is scheduled to continue the series when he hosts dinners in March 2004.
Six Senses is a Hotel and Resort Management and Development Company established in 1995, which owns the award-winning Soneva Fushi Resort in the Maldives and manages hotels and resorts under the brand names Soneva, Evason and Evason Hideaway
Soneva is a “beyond stars” boutique brand of luxury resorts whose “Intelligent Luxury” philosophy is to offer luxuries of the highest international standard together with a sensitivity and local feel in design, architecture and service.
Evason is a five star category where attention to detail is also a driving force and whose philosophy of “Redefining Experiences” results in very innovative properties.
The intimate Evason Hideaway brand offers the best of Evason in a very personal environment, whilst capturing the essential essence of the Soneva brand.
Six Senses Spas, a key element of all Six Senses properties, offer a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments for ‘Balancing Senses`, administered under the guidance of expert therapists.
For further information please visit www.sixsenses.com .
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