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Leading Hunter Valley wineries to shine at Shoal Bay festival

Eight leading Hunter Valley wineries have been announced as this year’s Rising Stars to launch the 2008 Shoal Bay Jazz Wine and Food Festival.

The Rising Stars winemaker evening is a unique experience where food and wine enthusiasts will be treated to a stunning eight course degustation menu prepared by Executive Chef, Patrick Power and complemented by wines from Allandale Winery (Marc Robinson), Arrowfield Estate (Barry Kooij), Briar Ridge Vineyards (Mark Woods), Ironbark Hill Wines (James Dillon), Margan Family Wines (Liz Augustyn), Mount View Estate (Janelle Zerk), McWilliams Mount Pleasant (Andrew Leembruggen) and Pepper Tree Wines (Luke Watson). Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the popular jazz trio, Saxanova.

The “Rising Stars” winemaker evening will officially open the Festival on Friday 5th September from 6.30pm. Held in Catch at Shoal Bay, this unique experience welcomes eight aspiring winemakers from the world famous Hunter Valley area and provides a personal insight into one of their wines matched to each of the eight courses.

Throughout the evening, wines generously donated by the winemakers will be auctioned with the proceeds going to an established Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association Scholarship Fund to support young viticulturists and winemakers.

Set in an idyllic location, Catch at Shoal Bay proudly serves an abundance of outstanding local produce and exquisite wines from the Hunter region. The quality and presentation is like no other and is accompanied by spectacular bay views. Catch has become a popular culinary destination for local residents and visitors to the region alike. Director of Sales and Marketing at Shoal Bay Resort & Spa, Harlan Marriott commented “Port Stephens is surrounded by fertile waterways and vineyards, resulting in some of the finest produce in the world. This very special evening is an opportunity for locals and guests to enjoy a wonderful experience complemented by fine wines, while enjoying an education from aspiring experts in the business. All this in the perfect setting — overlooking Shoal Bay in Port Stephens.”

Set against the perfect backdrop of the white sands of Shoal Bay and the pristine waterways of Port Stephens, the Jazz Wine & Food Festival is a cultural experience not to be missed. While enjoying some of the finest wines and fresh produce from the local area, Winemakers will personally provide educational information on the wines being sampled as well as the history of the wineries from which they are produced.

Tantalise your taste buds with sumptuous local produce including seafood fresh from the Bay and a delicious range of cheeses from the Hunter region. Relax by picturesque Shoal Bay beach and enjoy the extraordinary musical talent on offer by popular musicians from the Newcastle and Sydney jazz music scene.

Make it a family day out! The kids can have fun on the jumping castle, have their faces painted and laugh along with the Festival clowns. There’s something for everyone at Shoal Bay Resort & Spa’s 2008 Jazz Wine & Food Festival on Saturday 6th September, 2008.

Tickets for the 2008 Rising Stars winemaker evening are limited at $85 per person. To book call Reservations on 1800 18 18 10.

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