Matt Thomson to host dinner at The Beach House Maldives

Maldives Promotion House – The Beach House at Iruveli Maldives is hosting a Food and Wine Pairing Event with Matt Thomson from the Saint Clair Winery of Marlborough in New Zealand scheduled to take place on 1st December 2012 at one of their signature outlets, Saffron. This Asian inspired restaurant is an overwater dining facility that offers its guests a laCarte and set menus during the exquisite gourmet nights under the stars.

Matt Thomson studied science at the University of Otago in the late 80’s with the intention of becoming a Winemaker and has been working in the Marlborough wine industry since late 1992. Today he is a well-respected winemaker and consultant with notable successes both locally and internationally over a variety of wine styles with particular strengths in Marlborough’s iconic Sauvignon Blanc. He has worked as a ‘flying winemaker’ consultant, on the behalf of UK distributors, in Italy and France since 1994, travelling to Europe three or more times a year for the vintage, blending and bottling.

Matt is currently responsible for the production of more than 1,200,000 cases of high priced New Zealand, Italian and French wine which as well as providing diverse experience, allows an international perspective on the NZ industry. Over the past 8 years Matt has been involved with 5 separate winery design and build projects and also spends considerable time in the international market place speaking and promoting the interests of both clients and the greater New Zealand wine industry as a whole.

Matt and his family have vineyard interests in Marlborough and in Italy completing the full picture of the wine industry from the farm gate to the shop floor.

He has experience in making wine in the following regions: Marlborough, Piemonte, Veneto, Friuli, Bordeaux and Languedoc-Roussillon. Matt has made wines using the following varieties: Arneis, Chardonnay, Cortese, Garganega, Gewurztraminer, Grenache Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache Noir, Merlot, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir, Syrah.

Situated in the northern most atoll of the Maldives Haa Alif, The Beach House at Iruveli Maldives recreates the style and charm of traditional Maldivian hospitality, while seamlessly blending Asian traditions of simplicity and elegance to its overall appeal. The resort offers a level of serenity unsurpassed in the Maldives. Sleek and contemporary, The Beach House at Iruveli Maldives offers unparalleled luxury to the discerning few.

The resort is a stunning paradise hideaway where luxurious selection meets wild natural beauty. It comprises 83 thatched villas, suites and pavilions, each with a private pool and Villa Host. Three fine dining restaurants boast a gastronomic experience rich in culinary diversity and include a unique dining opportunity in an underground wine cellar, housing one of the most extensive collections of fine vintages in the Indian Ocean. Facilities include an extensive spa, five-star PADI dive centre, 18-hole golf simulator, fitness centre, extensive kids’ club and three swimming pools.

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