Soneva Resorts are presenting a series of dinners hosted by winemakers from some of the world’s most respected wineries. The evenings, at which wines are matched with each course of gourmet dinners, are introduced in the pristine environment of the private islands on which Soneva Fushi and Soneva Gili are located.
The events are a prime example of the resorts’ commitment to Intelligent Luxury, in which the finer things of life may be enjoyed in surroundings in harmony with nature. Fine wines and great food enjoyed beneath a myriad of stars set in a cobalt sky, with white powdered sand beneath your bare feet!
The Winemaker’s Dinner series began earlier in 2003 with Iris Ellmann of London’s prestigious Wine Barn. Ms Ellmann personally introduced several European vintner’s top vintages at the dinners. Next in the series, were Neal and Judy Ibbotson, owners and winemakers from New Zealand’s Saint Clair Winery.
During August, Joachim Heger, owner and winemaker of the Dr. Heger Estate in Germany’s Baden region, hosted dinners featuring some of his best vintages.
During October 2003, Jeffrey Benson, Soneva Resorts’ UK-based wine consultant, will host dinners at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Gili. Mr. Benson’s intimate knowledge of the wine business, including insider familiarity with the world’s emerging regions, will be shared and enjoyed with dinner guests. Soneva Fushi’s Chef Remon Alphenaar will create the six-course menus to compliment the wines.
The series continues in January 2004 with the genius that is Andy Quady. His change of career from making fireworks to wine 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 Portuguese varieties.
Other winemakers in the series for 2004 include Alessia Antinori in February 2004 and Steven Spurrier scheduled for March 2004.