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One Champion Supporting Another - Saint Clair to sponsor supreme award at Champions of Cheese Awards

01 February 2007

Saint Clair Cellar Door platter Consisting of four main events, over three days, the Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards 2007 will be held in Auckland in March.

Two Cheese Master Classes, a consumer CheeseFest and the Awards Gala Dinner are planned to encourage as many cheesemakers and cheese companies to be involved, as well as increasing the awareness of the growing cheese industry.

Saint Clair Estate Wines is a highly awarded brand that knows about being a champion having been awarded 48 trophies and 135* gold medals since 2001, and the family owned business is delighted to be sponsoring the supreme award.

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Saint Clair owner Neal Ibbotson, says “We see some very strong synergies between New Zealand’s wine industry and the speciality cheese industry and are pleased to support these awards. We recognise that the Champion of Champions is the ultimate award in the speciality cheese industry and are proud to be associated with quality and craftsmanship, attributes our wine has been awarded for at tastings around the world.”

The winning cheese will be announced on Tuesday 6 March, and Saint Clair will use the winning cheese, to create a wine and cheese match with a wine from Saint Clair’s highly respected range.

This year the public are invited to participate in awards, by attending the post-awards event, CheeseFest. The event will be held at The Floating Pavilion on Wednesday, 7 March where attendees will be able to sample entries to the awards including the winning cheese and receive a complimentary glass of the award-winning Saint Clair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006.

Prepared on behalf of Saint Clair Estate Wines by the pr shop. For further information please contact Pippa Lekner on (09) 368 1078, 021 500 760 or email

* (includes 5 star wines as gold medal equivalents)