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Saint Clair Provides Perfect Pairing at Marlborough Wine Festival

17 February 2009 Saint Clair Family Estate, in partnership with Finestkind Seafood, has taken out the Supreme Wine & Food Match competition at this years’ Marlborough Wine Festival.

The Marlborough Wine Festival, the region's biggest and New Zealand’s best-known annual festival, holds the Supreme Wine & Food Match where participants are required, in tandem with a winery, to concoct an original dish to accompany a particular wine from the Marlborough region.

This year saw 12 of the best restaurants from around the Marlborough region enter the competition and fight it out for the supreme honour. Judged by world-renowned chef and food personality, Julie Le Clerc, along with Marlborough’s Belinda Jackson, the incredible high caliber of entrants gave diners an opportunity to experience some of the finest wine and food matches the region has to offer.

The offering of Finestkind and Saint Clair - Scallops tossed in chilli kelp sprinkle, seared on the barbeque in macadamia oil and served with lemon on a bed of mesculin, paired with Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Chardonnay 2007 - proved to be an unbeatable match. The deliciously full-bodied and rich Saint Clair Chardonnay made perfect pairing with the spicy seafood impeccably cooked by Finestkind.

Managing Director of Saint Clair Family Estate, Neal Ibbotson, comments, “When our wines are entered into competitions they are tasted and judged on their own. But a wine really shows its full capacity when it is part of a winning food combination such as this. We were honoured to work with Finestkind, and look forward to teaming up with them again in the future.”

Saint Clair Family Estates’ incredible success at both national and international levels is testament not only to its desire to go above and beyond expectations, but also its family ownership, which has over 30 years of viticulture experience.

Prepared on behalf of Saint Clair Family Estate by the pr shop. For further information please contact Neal Ibbotson on (03) 57 88695 or Pippa Lekner on (09) 368 1078 or email Neal