Gala dinner to celebrate the best New Zealand wines

Join us at Constance Belle Mare Plage for the climax of our New Zealand wines week, a unique gala dinner celebrating the best New Zealand wines.

Blue Penny Café, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Blue Penny Café, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The dinner is to be held at the stylish Blue Penny Café, famous for its sumptuous fine-dining menu and wine cellar, and will feature the wines of all the visiting New Zealand winemakers.

Wine makers from New Zealand

Winemakers visiting Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice for the celebration of New Zealand wine week include:

  • Felton Road
  • Millton Vineyards and Winery
  • Ata Rengi
  • Escarpment
  • Pegasus Bay

What’s on the menu?

Guests at the resort will have the opportunity to sample an exquisite menu of culinary delights paired with the very best wines from each of the vineyards.

Wine dinners at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Wine dinners at Constance Belle Mare Plage

The menu for the gala dinner will include:

  • Red tuna tartar with kafir lime, carpaccio of scallop with ‘harenka’, goat nougat with apricot paired with Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2010
  • Crispy ‘Black Tiger’ prawn tails in kadaïf, fades carrot and green granny Smith balls, acidulated coulis paired with Millton Clos St Anne Chardonnay 2009
  • Pan-seared cod fish fillet, heirloom vegetables and mushroom, chicken gravy scented with Barolo vinegar paired with Felton Road Pinot Noir Calvert 2006
  • ‘Barbaire’ duck fillet, confit turnip and samoussas with giblets, wild Bourbon pepper and cherry paired with Escarpment Pinot Noir 2010
  • Roasted Victoria pineapple style ‘Pina Colada’ paired with Pegasus Bay Aria Lat Picked Riesling 2008

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Indulge in exclusive fine dining and wine events at Constance

Constance’s diary of exciting food and wine events is filling up with visitors from some of the world’s top kitchens as well as leading winemakers from across the continents.

Brokenwood Wines serving guests at Constance Moofushi

Brokenwood Wines serving guests at Constance Moofushi

Guests at Constance Moofushi last week were treated to a wine dinner at the resort’s Blue Lounge restaurant hosted by Australian winemaker Geoff Krieger of Brokenwood Wines.

With over 30 years experience in the wine industry in Australia, including 10 at Brokenwood where he is General Manager, Krieger was more than happy to share his experiences and expertise with guests at the luxurious Maldives resort.

Our chefs worked with Krieger to create a menu delicately balanced to perfectly pair the food with the best of Brokenwood’s wines.

Highlights of the wine menu and its pairings included:

  • Terrine of foie gras, fig marmalade and apple salad paired with Brokenwood Oaky Creek Road Semillon (Semillon 2004)
  • Seared scallops, papaya salsa, cucumber and mint shooter paired with Brokenwood Unwooded Chardonnay (Chardonnay 2007)
Seared scallops, papaya salsa, cucumber and mint shooter paired with Brokenwood Unwooded Chardonnay (Chardonnay 2007)

Seared scallops, papaya salsa, cucumber and mint shooter paired with Brokenwood Unwooded Chardonnay 2007

  • Grilled Maldivian jobfish, cauliflower puree and chorizo paired with Brokenwood Pinot Noir Beechworth (Pinot Noir 2012)
  • Brie and truffle tian, camembert samosa, pear and raisin chutney paired with Brokenwood Cricket Pitch (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillion 2011)
  • Mango and passion fruit parfait, coconut sorbet and orange tuille paired with Brokenwood Semillon Sticky Wicket (Semillon 2008)

Find out more

At each of our hotels and resorts we are hosting some fabulous events in the coming events for food and wine lovers. Take a look at the selection here, and watch this space for more announcements.

New and Old World wines at Halaveli wine dinner

Constance Halaveli is inviting guests interested in wine to indulge in an exciting wine menu designed to compare and contrast wines from the New and Old World.

Wine dinner at Constance Halaveli

Wine dinner at Constance Halaveli

Held at Halaveli’s signature restaurant Jing on 18 September, wines will be paired with sumptuous fine-dining dishes to bring out the very best in both.

Working together with fine wine suppliers Gavin Davis and Bastien Gautheron of MMI Dubai, Jing has selected French and New Zealand wines which best express current trends in winemaking from both regions so that guests are able to make a direct comparison.

The wine menu for guests at Halaveli will include:

  • Saffron Macaroons with smoked salmon, black summer truffle and wild Iranian Caviar
  • Quail and foie gras sausage with horseradish, Madras curry and brioche
  • Caramelised king scallop, soba noodles, beetroot, enoki and dashi
  • Mango sorbet
  • Liberty duck ‘sous vide’, baby pack choy, carrot miso crème and koppert cress
  • Kaffir lime and ivory ganache, passion fruit panacotta and Valrhonna cacao pearls

Visit our website to read more about Constance Halaveli, Maldives

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Simon Brown wins the Russian Open

Simon Brown wins the Russian Open

In constant driving rain Brown held off runners-up Mike Harwood and Carl Mason with a 12 under par 204 total.

Having spent most of his golfing career as a professional at Rhein-Sieg Golf Club in Germany, the 55-year-old Brown described his win in Moscow as ‘life changing’.

Thanks to the €97,305 winner’s prize at Moscow, Brown moves from 51st to fifth in the European Senior Tour Order of Merit.

Scotsman Colin Montgomerie, Miguel Angel Martin and Steen Tinning made up a three-way tie for third place.

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Talented winner of last year’s Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, Hem Pulami is teaming up with winning partner French chef Luc Mobihan once again for an internship in Mobihan’s Michelin-starred kitchen in France.

Chef Hem Pulami of Constance Halaveli

Chef Hem Pulami of Constance Halaveli

Hem has taken a break from his role at Constance Halaveli’s signature restaurant, Jing, to study under the renowned French chef at his restaurant Le Saint Placide at St-Malo, northern France.

One of the first things Mobihan did on Hem’s arrival was to take him to see the famous oyster farms of Cancale which produce around 25,000 tons of oysters each year.

Chef Mobihan received his training in some of the greatest Michelin-starred restaurants in France and it is the technical expertise he learnt there, as well as his passion for beautiful, simple food, which he will be passing on to Hem.

Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2014

The Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, held at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius, is an opportunity for talented young island cooks like Hem to learn from the great chefs of European haute cuisine.

Farming the oysters of Cancale

Farming the oysters of Cancale

Excitement is already beginning to build for the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2014 when more chefs from the Constance group will get the opportunity to work alongside some of Europe’s greatest chefs.

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European Senior Tour celebrates a second Scottish victory

Gordon Brand Jnr claimed the second Scottish Senior Tour victory in consecutive weeks at the Winston Golf Senior Open in Germany.

Gordon Brand Jnr

Gordon Brand Jnr

The win was Brand’s second European Senior Tour title and was a cause of celebration for Scottish supporters as it came hot on the heels of Colin Mongomerie’s win at the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters.

Brand left it to the final round to seal his victory with six birdies to come in 12 under par on a day which looked like belonging to fellow Scot, Andrew Oldcorn, who’d racked up an impressive 11 birdies.

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