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Cloudy Bay shows off its wines and the local foods that go with them

Viticulturist, Jim White in the vines at Cloudy Bay.

About 25 years ago, sauvignon blanc from New Zealand’s Marlborough region – located at the northern tip of the country’s South Island – began to catch the imagination of the American drinking public as an antidote to California’s big, oaky chardonnays. These Kiwi sauvignons were crisp, herbal, and fragrant, and had food-friendly, piercing acidity and minerality. The first Marlborough winery to score big with the American palate was Cloudy Bay, which opened its doors in 1985.

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Partly because it is a young winery from a young winemaking region, Cloudy Bay has recently launched an effort to make better understood – and to publicize – the connection between wines made in the Marlborough area and the foods that can be harvested from nearby sea, rivers, mountains, and farms. Each February, the winery holds a “Forage” event and invites a handful of writers from around the world to take part. This year, I was one of them. The idea was this: We'd spend one day foraging for food and one day in the vineyard with viticulturist Jim White, peeking through the vines to learn about how both red and white grapes are grown at Cloudy Bay. Then we'd enjoy the combination in a harvest dinner.


The Grand Adventure: New Zealand

I know, I’m about two months late with this post (and there’s still another to go!). But there’s never a bad time to relive adventures, is there? And I cannot wait to show you the gorgeousness that is New Zealand.

Before New Zealand, we were in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. *Insert the realization that those are located in different hemispheres, and thus two vastly different seasons.* So we stopped back in Melbourne for a night, washed our clothes, and repacked our winter gear before heading back on the plane for a quick few days in Queenstown.

Despite the red-eye flight, the sunrise over the mountains was totally worth it.

Queenstown is a quaint town located on a Lake Wakatipu, set against the Southern Alps, which meant gorgeous views wherever you looked!

Views best seen from high up on the Skyline Gondola Ride.

Yummy food – including BREAKFAST BOARDS!

Other highlights: wine. Lots and lots of wine.


Flights – Non-stop flights to Auckland operate from several US international airports, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and a few central US gateways. The most frequent schedule is on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles to Auckland, which takes approximately 12-13 hours. It is also possible to factor in a South Pacific island stopover in either direction. Air New Zealand operates an extensive network of local flights within New Zealand, and one or more is usually required when visiting multiple locations around the country. Domestic New Zealand flights can often be built into your international ticket for the most streamlined service. Our Travel Designers are experts on international and local flights and can arrange the logistics.

It’s important to note that you’ll cross the International Dateline, so flights from the US to New Zealand arrive 2 calendar days later but you make up that time on the return by departing New Zealand and arriving into the US all on the same calendar day.

Driving – Driving is on the opposite site of the road in New Zealand. Several locations are great for self-driving, and we can help you determine if it will enhance your itinerary, but driving is not necessary to have an amazing experience in New Zealand.

Trains – New Zealand features some of the most scenic train journeys in the world, providing a unique and classic Kiwi experience. A couple of our favorites that not only offer spectacular scenery but are also ideal methods of transportation between top locations on the South Island include The Coastal Pacific and The Tranz Alpine.

While traveling aboard The Coastal Pacific train between Picton and Christchurch, witness sweeping views of the untouched South Island eastern coastline, charming coastal towns and dramatic seascapes. This service operates in both directions.

On The Tranz Alpine train between Christchurch and Greymouth, travel through rolling pastures of Canterbury to the striking ice-fed lakes and stunning Southern Alps before reaching the wild, west coast of the South Island. This service operates in both directions.

New Zealand’s seasons are the opposite of the Northern hemisphere – summer officially starts in December and winter begins in June. New Zealand is a year-round destination and your consultant will help you determine the best time for your adventure. Many experiences are weather-dependent, as it is possible to experience all four seasons in one day.

Peak travel season is December through February and travel during this period should be booked well in advance. Shoulder season travel (March-May and September-October) offers pleasant weather, fewer tourists, and lower prices.

New Zealand is famous for adventure activities, including bungy jumping, jet boating, glacier heli-hiking and sky diving. There are hiking and biking trails galore, ideal for either single-day or multi-day experiences, plus other popular activities such as whitewater and blackwater rafting, kayaking, sailing and golfing. If you are a lover of adventure and nature, this is the destination for you! An exciting multi-sport adventure itinerary can be fully customized to suit your interests.

New Zealand boasts 10 major wine producing areas, offering some of the most sought-after wines in the world. The leading wine regions include Auckland, Gisborne, Wairarapa (Martinborough) and Hawke’s Bay in the North Island and Marlborough, Central Otago and Canterbury in the South Island. We pride ourselves on curating incredible food and wine experiences for our clients.

The Maori were the original Polynesian settlers of New Zealand and their culture is prevalent in everything from cuisine to customs, art and language. Ask us about arranging authentic Maori cultural experiences throughout the country.

New Zealand offers a variety of large hotels, luxury lodges, boutique hotels and bed and breakfast inns. Our style of traveler generally prefers lodges and unique local experiences in the more remote locales. We will talk with you about your priorities and amenities you wish to have available at your accommodation.

Passports & Visas (ETA) – We suggest your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. US citizens are also required to have an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for entry into New Zealand. The ETA provides authorization to travel to and enter New Zealand and is electronically linked to your passport. Please visit https://www.etanewzealand.com/ to apply online.

For more information on entry/exit requirements and the most current visa information, visit Tourism New Zealand.

Tipping – Tipping is not mandatory or expected in New Zealand but it’s a nice gesture. Incomes are typically sufficient, and employees in tourism and service industries do not rely on tips, as in the US. Restaurants and cafes adhere to the original spirit of tipping as something you willingly give for a great standard of service. For example, 10% is a nice tip for great service.

Power Adapter – The electrical current in New Zealand is 220-240 volts, AC 50Hz. New Zealand uses a flat, but angled, two- or three-pronged plug. If plugging in an appliance or device from the US, you will need a plug adaptor. If your appliances or devices are 110V and do not have a voltage range capacity, you will also need a voltage converter.

Currency – New Zealand’s unit of currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD$), with both dollar bills and coins. Purchases are subject to “rounding” of amounts either up or down to the nearest 5 cents. ATMs are the best resource for obtaining local currency, so you’ll want to ensure that your bank is notified of your travel plans, and understand the fees that your bank charges for withdrawals from a non-network ATM.

Outdoor Safety – While enjoying outdoor activities in New Zealand, be ‘sun smart’ and minimize your exposure. The sun is stronger in the Southern Hemisphere, especially in their summertime. Wear a broad-brimmed hat, cover up, and frequently apply high SPF water-resistant sunscreen.

For more in-depth details on travel to New Zealand, you may want to visit Tourism New Zealand’s Travel Guide.

Flights – Non-stop flights to Auckland operate from several US international airports, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and a few central US gateways. The most frequent schedule is on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles to Auckland, which takes approximately 12-13 hours. It is also possible to factor in a South Pacific island stopover in either direction. Air New Zealand operates an extensive network of local flights within New Zealand, and one or more is usually required when visiting multiple locations around the country. Domestic New Zealand flights can often be built into your international ticket for the most streamlined service. Our Travel Designers are experts on international and local flights and can arrange the logistics.

It’s important to note that you’ll cross the International Dateline, so flights from the US to New Zealand arrive 2 calendar days later but you make up that time on the return by departing New Zealand and arriving into the US all on the same calendar day.

Driving – Driving is on the opposite site of the road in New Zealand. Several locations are great for self-driving, and we can help you determine if it will enhance your itinerary, but driving is not necessary to have an amazing experience in New Zealand.

Trains – New Zealand features some of the most scenic train journeys in the world, providing a unique and classic Kiwi experience. A couple of our favorites that not only offer spectacular scenery but are also ideal methods of transportation between top locations on the South Island include The Coastal Pacific and The Tranz Alpine.

While traveling aboard The Coastal Pacific train between Picton and Christchurch, witness sweeping views of the untouched South Island eastern coastline, charming coastal towns and dramatic seascapes. This service operates in both directions.

On The Tranz Alpine train between Christchurch and Greymouth, travel through rolling pastures of Canterbury to the striking ice-fed lakes and stunning Southern Alps before reaching the wild, west coast of the South Island. This service operates in both directions.

New Zealand’s seasons are the opposite of the Northern hemisphere – summer officially starts in December and winter begins in June. New Zealand is a year-round destination and your consultant will help you determine the best time for your adventure. Many experiences are weather-dependent, as it is possible to experience all four seasons in one day.

Peak travel season is December through February and travel during this period should be booked well in advance. Shoulder season travel (March-May and September-October) offers pleasant weather, fewer tourists, and lower prices.

New Zealand is famous for adventure activities, including bungy jumping, jet boating, glacier heli-hiking and sky diving. There are hiking and biking trails galore, ideal for either single-day or multi-day experiences, plus other popular activities such as whitewater and blackwater rafting, kayaking, sailing and golfing. If you are a lover of adventure and nature, this is the destination for you! An exciting multi-sport adventure itinerary can be fully customized to suit your interests.

New Zealand boasts 10 major wine producing areas, offering some of the most sought-after wines in the world. The leading wine regions include Auckland, Gisborne, Wairarapa (Martinborough) and Hawke’s Bay in the North Island and Marlborough, Central Otago and Canterbury in the South Island. We pride ourselves on curating incredible food and wine experiences for our clients.

The Maori were the original Polynesian settlers of New Zealand and their culture is prevalent in everything from cuisine to customs, art and language. Ask us about arranging authentic Maori cultural experiences throughout the country.

New Zealand offers a variety of large hotels, luxury lodges, boutique hotels and bed and breakfast inns. Our style of traveler generally prefers lodges and unique local experiences in the more remote locales. We will talk with you about your priorities and amenities you wish to have available at your accommodation.

Passports & Visas (ETA) – We suggest your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. US citizens are also required to have an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for entry into New Zealand. The ETA provides authorization to travel to and enter New Zealand and is electronically linked to your passport. Please visit https://www.etanewzealand.com/ to apply online.

For more information on entry/exit requirements and the most current visa information, visit Tourism New Zealand.

Tipping – Tipping is not mandatory or expected in New Zealand but it’s a nice gesture. Incomes are typically sufficient, and employees in tourism and service industries do not rely on tips, as in the US. Restaurants and cafes adhere to the original spirit of tipping as something you willingly give for a great standard of service. For example, 10% is a nice tip for great service.

Power Adapter – The electrical current in New Zealand is 220-240 volts, AC 50Hz. New Zealand uses a flat, but angled, two- or three-pronged plug. If plugging in an appliance or device from the US, you will need a plug adaptor. If your appliances or devices are 110V and do not have a voltage range capacity, you will also need a voltage converter.

Currency – New Zealand’s unit of currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD$), with both dollar bills and coins. Purchases are subject to “rounding” of amounts either up or down to the nearest 5 cents. ATMs are the best resource for obtaining local currency, so you’ll want to ensure that your bank is notified of your travel plans, and understand the fees that your bank charges for withdrawals from a non-network ATM.

Outdoor Safety – While enjoying outdoor activities in New Zealand, be ‘sun smart’ and minimize your exposure. The sun is stronger in the Southern Hemisphere, especially in their summertime. Wear a broad-brimmed hat, cover up, and frequently apply high SPF water-resistant sunscreen.

For more in-depth details on travel to New Zealand, you may want to visit Tourism New Zealand’s Travel Guide.


Adventure in New Zealand

Where do you live, where are you escaping to and for what purpose? I live in Penang, Malaysia. I am escaping to South Island, New Zealand for inspiration and adventure.

How many people were part of your journey? Only me.

Where did you stay? Is there something special you wish to share about this hotel/house? I travelled around South Island, Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau, Hollyford Valley, Invercargill, Caitlins, Mount Cook, Rangitataand Christchurch. I booked as I travelled and stayed mainly in hostels.

What did you most like about the trip? Travelling alone allows me the freedom to go where I want and do what I want without compromise. I also meet people from all over the world and exchange travel experiences. This trip was about a sense of adventure and doing things I would not normally do on a daily basis. I managed to tick quite a few things off my bucket list.

Could you share an unforgettable memory about the trip? There were many surfing in St Claire, Dunedin, bungee jumping in Queenstown, white water rafting in Rangitata, seeing wild sea lions along the coast and swimming with dolphins.

Favorite restaurant(s) or food you have tried during your trip? Vudu café and rehab for healthy vegetarian options in Queenstown. It was quite hard being a vegetarian in New Zealand. I ended up buying fresh produce from the supermarkets and farmers markets.

What are the must tries/ sees of the city? New Zealand is famous for its outdoor sports, landscape and national parks. Queenstown is the adrenaline mecca. Must tries include Bungee Jumping, Shotover jet, Sky diving and trekking. On the other spectrum, there are several award winning wineries which is open to the public and offers wine tasting and good food.

Any hidden secrets you could whisper to us? Not quite a secret but if you are a Lord of the Rings fan then this is a place where a lot of the movie was filmed. The best and cheapest way to travel is to rent a car or caravan and drive around to see the surrounding landscapes at your leisure.

What are your travel quintessential? It has to be about experiencing something new be it adventure, nature or culture.

Would you go back? Yes, I would go back in a different season maybe autumn/winter to see a different landscape and try out the winter sports.

Could you list a few of your favorite finds you came back with? For me I hardly buy material things. My favourite finds were experiencing fantastic scenery, secret lakes and waterfalls, great memories that I brought home.

Is there any tip that might be useful to know before going there? Where is your next stop? New Zealand especially Queenstown gets very busy in the Summer. It is best to book a room in advance to avoid disappointment or go off peak to avoid all the tourists. Always where sunblock or you will burn with no ozone layer protection.

My next stop is taking the ski train from London to Bourg St Maurice for skiing in Les Arcs, France.


Overseas Adventure Travel

Get ready for your overseas adventure travel tour of a lifetime! You’ve finally decided to visit New Zealand! Congratulations, you’re going to be the envy of all your friends & family.

Whether you prefer soft adventure or hardcore, New Zealand has it all! Here’s a shortlist of things to do: sky diving, bungy jumping, caving, canyon swings, scuba diving, jet boating, zip lining, kayaking, rafting, glacier hikes, volcano walks, off-road driving, fjord cruises & much much more. All these overseas adventure travel activities are set in some of the worlds most beautiful, jaw-dropping scenic landscapes. You’ll want a great camera!

Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island is known as the ‘Adventure Capital’ of the world – its where Bungy Jumping was invented. Maybe you’d prefer a guided boat tour on the North Island through the Waitomo Caves – but be aware, the tour is in the dark so you can see all the Glowworms. Perhaps a heli-hike on a glacier is more your style, or walk on the wild-side when you trek volcanic regions that still have active cones. What ever your cup of tea, there’s a New Zealand Adventure waiting for you. Just tell us what you want to see and do, and we’ll customize your perfect New Zealand Adventure – just for you!

Activities: Adventure Tours, Scenic Ferry, Green Shell Mussel Cruise, Kayaking, Ziptrek, and Canyon Swing

Tour Type: Independent Travel

Class: 3 - 4 stars

Activities: Hobbiton Shire Tour, Seal Coast Safari Adventure, Ferry Ride, Greenshell Mussel Cruise, Doubtful Sound Adventure Tour

Tour Type: Independent Travel

Class: 3 - 4 stars

Activities: Hobbiton Shire Tour, Scenic Ferry Ride, Greenshell Mussel Cruise, Adventure Tours, Culture, Food & Wine


Food and Wine

It’s no surprise that food and wine are popular at the Down Under Endeavours offices, and we’d love for you to experience both while traveling with us! We travel overseas every year to ensure you have the most up to date and unbiased information, refreshing our favored list of wineries and vineyards. Whether you’re a Merlot of Chardonnay lover, we’re sure to find a food and wine destination you will love!

Food and Wine Experiences

  • Walk past the waiting lists at the best restaurants
  • Journey through Mornington Peninsula with a top chef
  • Dine by starlight in the Sound of Silence deep in the heart of the Outback
  • Sip wines straight off the vineyard on the New Zealand classic wine trail
  • Take a cruise to enjoy fresh mussels and Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Enjoy a gourmet meal overlooking a beautiful blue lagoon in Bora Bora

Let our team at Down Under Endeavours curate the perfect luxury vacation based on your interests, timeframe, and budget. To get a taste of what’s possible, check out these sample itineraries. Have a look, see what catches your eye, then chat to the Down Under team to custom-create your food and wine travel packages. Occasionally, we offer traditional “package” vacations focused on a special event. But those are the exception, not the rule. Our food and wine travel packages will be a trip of your lifetime and will be unique to you.


Honeymoon Adventure: New Zealand and Cook Islands

Discover the best of both worlds in the South Pacific. Start off with an action-packed New Zealand adventure, complete with glacier hiking, glowworm cave tubing, and more. Then rejuvenate in the stunning Cook Islands, home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and lagoons.

From $5,899 per person 16 days Airfare additional cost Based on 2 travelers

We designed this Honeymoon Adventure: New Zealand and Cook Islands package for a couple in their 30s from Austin, Texas. They couldn’t decide if they wanted a tropical getaway or an adventurous New Zealand vacation for their honeymoon, so we gave them both! They spent a week and a half exploring New Zealand, then had a relaxing 4 nights at a luxurious resort in the Cook Islands.

They started their Honeymoon Adventure on New Zealand’s North Island. They visited life-size Hobbit holes at the Hobbiton Movie Set (a must for any Lord of the Rings fans!), experienced a Maori cultural visit with a feast and a traditional haka, and went tubing through an underground river in the Waitomo Caves.

Then they continued to the South Island. They took the TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Greymouth and enjoyed incredible views of the New Zealand countryside. Traveling from one coast to the other, this is one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world! Then, they had a west coast road trip. They took a heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier, enjoyed a cruise through the pristine Milford Sound, and enjoyed some wine tasting and adventures in Queenstown.

Their Honeymoon Adventure continued on to the Cook Islands, the hidden gem of the South Pacific. They spent 5 incredible nights at Nautilus Resort Rarotonga, a luxurious retreat where they could immerse themselves in the tropical beauty and Polynesian feel of this stunning island. They loved their beachfront are’, with its own private plunge pool looking out over the ocean. In the Cook Islands, they also enjoyed a fabulous tour of Aitutaki island and a cruise through the turquoise lagoon, stopping at several exclusive beaches for swimming and snorkeling.

With unforgettable adventures in New Zealand and a romantic getaway in the Cook Islands, they agreed it was truly the perfect honeymoon—the best of both worlds!

This package does not include international airfare. For complete booking terms and conditions, please click here.

Day 1
Welcome to New Zealand! Upon arrival in Auckland, enjoy a private transfer to Hotel de Brett. This quirky hotel in the Central Business District is the perfect place to unwind before setting off on an adventure tomorrow!
Hotel de Brett

Day 2
This morning, pick up your rental car and drive through the gorgeous New Zealand countryside en route to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Your guide will escort you through the 10-acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. Visit hobbit holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill, and other structures, and see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. After this fabulous Lord of the Rings experience, drive on to Rotorua and settle into your hotel. This evening, you’ll be treated to a cultural visit and performance at the Maori village of Te Puia, complete with a traditional haka and a Maori feast.
Regent of Rotorua

Day 3
Today, drive to the Waitomo Caves for a spectacular journey. This is the original Waitomo subterranean adventure that will have you climbing, black water tubing, leaping, and floating through Ruakuri Cave. Over 3 hours, you’ll take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls and float serenely down an underground river as you enjoy the glowworm show on the vaulted limestone galleries up above. Your journey concludes when you emerge into the sunlight of the Waitomo forest.
Regent of Rotorua

Day 4
Drop off your rental car at the airport today and fly to the South Island, arriving in Christchurch. Enjoy a private transfer to the fabulous Hotel Montreal. Take in this beautiful city from your private balcony, and head out into the city to see interesting architecture and dine at one of many wonderful restaurants.
Hotel Montreal

Day 5
Today, you’ll embark on one of the most scenic rail trips in the world: the TranzAlpine Train. Enjoy a private transfer to the boarding station. Traveling from one coast to the other, you’ll pass through the fields and farmland of Canterbury, the dramatic Southern Alps, the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River, and lush beech rainforest. Arrive in Greymouth, where you’ll pick up your rental car and drive along the breathtaking west coast to Franz Josef. Stay in a modern, airy retreat surrounded by native rainforest.
Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 6
It’s time for another unforgettable adventure: a helicopter ride and hike on Franz Josef Glacier! Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight up to the glacier, flying over stunning ice pinnacles and deep crevasses. Then, the experienced guides at The Helicopter Line will guide you through a 2-hour glacier hike through territory usually reserved for experienced mountaineers. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the town of Franz Josef, with its frontier town charm.
Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 7
Today, it’s a full day of driving along the beautiful west coast, this time to Queenstown. On this stunning alpine route, you’ll be treated to picturesque views around every corner. Stop along the way for short hikes and perhaps some whitebait fish patties (a truly off-the-beaten-path treat!). Make your way to Queenstown, where you’ll be rewarded with another picture-perfect view: crystal clear Lake Wakatipu encircled by the Remarkables mountain range. Overnight here before tomorrow’s adventure.
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

Day 8
Today you will explore the famous Milford Sound. Board a luxury glass-roofed coach and enjoy a trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. There is plenty of time for photo stops and short walks along the way. On reaching Milford Sound, board the Milford Mariner for a relaxing cruise of Milford Sound as your nature guide provides an informative commentary throughout. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains, and wildlife. Fly back to Queenstown by fixed wing aircraft (weather permitting) and take in the panoramic views of the spectacular alpine scenery and rainforest.
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

Day 9
This afternoon, take a small-group boutique winery tour of the Otago wine region, especially well known for its earthy pinot noirs, with Appellation Central Wine Tours. Through the Gibbston Valley and the rolling vine-clad foothills of Bannockburn and beyond, you’ll visit the best wineries for the day’s passengers. Four winery tastings are included, as well as a winery lunch and commentary on the early pioneering history of this rugged region.
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

Day 10
The adventures continue! Travel by jet boat to the upper part of the Dart River, and then at your own pace paddle downstream on a Funyak safari. Delight in a lovely wilderness lunch among the beech trees, explore hidden side streams and rock pools, and then embark on a fun and adventurous 4WD tour to take in magnificent Glenorchy scenery.
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

Day 11
It’s time to say goodbye to New Zealand and hello to the idyllic Cook Islands! Fly to the island of Rarotonga, where you’ll receive a meet and greet with flower lei at the airport, and settle into Nautilus Resort. This eco-friendly resort epitomizes the ideal tropical island escape location. Leave the real world behind and immerse yourself in a tropical island oasis surrounded by the unspoiled beauty of Rarotonga. Enjoy a complimentary fruit platter on arrival and a gourmet breakfast of tropical fruits daily. Your spacious beachfront are’ includes a private plunge pool with a gorgeous ocean view.
Nautilus Resort Rarotonga

Day 12 – 15
Enjoy the next few days at leisure at Nautilus Resort, soaking up your beautiful tropical surroundings while you relax in the pool with drink in hand. Perhaps visit the Polynesian Spa for some rejuvenating treatments. Want to get out and explore? Make like a local and rent a scooter to explore Rarotonga. Additionally, you can opt for a day cruise to the neighboring island of Aitutaki and its iconic lagoon filled with tiny islets.
Nautilus Resort Rarotonga

Day 16
Today, your fabulous vacation comes to an end. Enjoy a transfer to the airport, where you can begin your journey home filled with unforgettable memories!


Where to Eat

Tongariro Lodge

Book a table at the Tongariro Lodge for a cozy, fire-side meal. Celebrities, politicians, and fly-fishing luminaries have all come through and posted pictures of their best catches on the ‘wall of fame.’ Well-heeled fisherman can also book heli-fishing tours from here—the chopper can land on the lawn—which will take you high into the mountains far from any accessible spots on the river or other tributaries.

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Press Release

Two-day Grand Tasting event at CenturyLink Event Center will feature Washington State’s best and newest wineries and big-name celebrity chefs

SEATTLE – Taste Washington, Seattle’s premier wine and food event dishes up the largest of its consumer events on April 2 and 3 with the Grand Tasting at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Featuring more than 225 Washington State wineries and 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants, the Grand Tasting is the grand finale of Taste Washington weekend. The Grand Tasting features 20 Washington wine varietals paired with culinary offerings and the chance to interact with some of the state’s top vintners and restaurateurs.

To pair perfectly with the 700 Washington State wines being poured, more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants will serve up culinary bites to highlight not only the wine, but also Washington’s unique culinary culture. At the dessert bar, Fonté Coffee Lounge will offer samples of fresh-brewed coffee, handcrafted espresso beverages and cold brew on tap.

Amidst the tasting, the Alaska Airlines Chef’s Stage will feature celebrity chefs performing live demonstrations showcasing their best culinary skills and tips. This year’s demonstrations will be led by Chef Ryan Burnett of Muckleshoot Casino, Chef Jason Stratton of Mamnoon, Chef Aarti Sequeira Host of Food Network’s Aarti Party and Food & Wine’s Best New Chef in 2012 Chef Jenn Louis of Lincoln Restaurant + Sunshine Tavern.

Two-day VIP passes are $205 and two-day general admission passes are $140. Single-day VIP passes are $160 and single-day general admission passes are $90. VIP passes include an extra hour of tasting, a VIP swag bag and access to the VIP lounge. Tickets for the Grand Tasting can be purchased at tastewashington.org/grand-tasting-2016/.

With a weekend full of spectacular epicurean events, travelers can make it a Taste Washington weekend and stay in one of the 14 downtown Seattle hotels featuring Taste Washington hotel packages for the ultimate food and wine getaway. Hotels offering Taste Washington packages include:

  • Executive Hotel Pacific
  • Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
  • Grand Hyatt Seattle
  • Hotel Max
  • Hotel Vintage
  • Hyatt at Olive 8
  • Inn at the WAC
  • Mediterranean Hotel
  • Renaissance Seattle Hotel
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
  • The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
  • The Paramount Hotel
  • The Roosevelt Hotel
  • Warwick Seattle Hotel

About Taste Washington:

Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 225 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The 19 th annual event will be held on March 31- April 3 at various locations in Seattle. The 2016 Taste Washington welcoming sponsor is Alaska Airlines the event feature is Stella Artois the premier sponsors are Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card, Albert Lee Appliance, AQUA by El Gaucho, Muckleshoot Casino, Seattle Met and Total Wine & More the magnum sponsor is Fonté Coffee Roaster and the patron sponsors are Visit Walla Walla and Voya Financial Advisors. Taste Washington attracts almost 5,500 wine and food enthusiasts to the Seattle area. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit www.tastewashington.org.

About Washington State Wine:

Washington State Wine represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSW provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSW is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit www.washingtonwine.org.

About Visit Seattle:

Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region.


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Anthony Bourdain Found Dead at Age 61

The chef and host of 'Parts Unknown' was found dead of apparent suicide in his hotel room in France, CNN confirmed early this morning.

Anthony Bourdain, celebrated traveler, memoirist, food enthusiast, and host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, has died at the age of 61. CNN reports that the cause of death was suicide.

At the time of his death, Bourdain was reportedly filming an episode of Parts Unknown in France with his good friend, Le Bernardin chef Eric Ripert. Ripert found him unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.

Bourdain first came to prominence after the publication of his memoir, Kitchen Confidential, in 2000, which revealed some of the most shocking, salacious secrets about life in a restaurant kitchen that the world had yet to encounter. Bourdain also opened up about his struggles with drug and alcohol abuse, which were only exacerbated by the long, demanding hours he spent at work.

Eventually, Bourdain𠅋urnt out by the chef’s life—stopped working in restaurants and began to focus on television. His first show, A Cook’s Tour, lasted only one season, but in 2005, No Reservations debuted on the Travel Channel. The Beirut episode was nominated for an Emmy in 2007, and Bourdain’s reputation as a journalist and curious, thoughtful traveler began to emerge.

In 2012, Bourdain left the Travel Channel and began work on a new show, Parts Unknown, with CNN. The network gave Bourdain the opportunity to pursue his political interests. While food was still a major focus of his work, he also explored the music, economics, and social problems of the countries he visited. In 2013, he received a Peabody Award for his work on the show. The committee praised his “irreverent, honest, curious, never condescending, never obsequious,” travel coverage.

"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," CNN said in a statement. "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much."

In recent years, Bourdain has become an outspoken critic of Harvey Weinstein (his partner, Asia Argento, is one of the figureheads of the movement against the disgraced movie producer). He&aposd also been one of the strongest advocates for the #Metoo movement and spoken out against toxic kitchen culture.

Bourdain is survived by his daughter Ariane.

If you need help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.


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