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Taking place from September 21 until October 31 2018, the magnifique events of Sofitel Wine Days offer guests, visitors and locals the opportunity to deepen their enological knowledge through a round-the-world tour of wines in celebration of wine and French art de vivre.

The traditional wine harvest period in France occurs in September and October. It was therefore only natural for Sofitel to choose this time of year to introduce guests to its annual ‘Wine Days’ program, which takes place between September 21 and October 31.  Sofitel has seen its expertise in wine go from strength to strength, thanks to its master sommeliers, a high-calibre wine library and the exceptional wines served during this occasion. This global Sofitel Wine Days initiative brings together hotels from around the world, hosting events that will delight amateurs and aficionados alike as they discover the secrets of wine.

Sofitel Wine Days events guide across Australia and New Zealand  

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Wine Cocktails, at Sabrage Bar

The team at Sofitel Auckland have created two bespoke French wine and liqueur based cocktails for guests to sample throughout the duration of Sofitel Wine Days at the hotel’s Sabrage Bar and Lava Dining Restaurant. Price: cocktails priced from NZ$16.

Four course degustation with matching French wines (Every Friday 21 September – 31 October 2018)

Guests are invited to enjoy a four course degustation menu at Lava Restaurant designed and prepared by Sebastian Hindrichs, Executive Chef at Sofitel Auckland. Each of the five courses have been inspired by French cuisine and expertly matched with French wines from a range of different regions. Price: $130 per person, including matching wines. $85 per person excluding wine matching.

Sabrage Champagne Experience – Every Saturday from 22 September to 31 October 2018)

Guests can enjoy the thrill and spill of Champagne as the hotel toasts to the Napoleon tradition of be-heading two bottles with a ceremonial sabre. Mingle on the pontoon while enjoying complimentary canapes and the spoils of the decapped bottles of bubbles.  Price: Complimentary.

French Wine tastings

Transport the tastebuds to France with specials on premium French wines by the glass at Sofitel’s Sabrage Bar and Lava Dining Restaurant. Priced from NZ$20.

For more information about these events, visit www.sofitel-auckland.com

Sofitel Brisbane Central

Guests are invited to delight in a selection of wine and grape inspired culinary experiences at Sofitel Brisbane Central from 21 September until 31 October :

Thyme² Restaurant
Executive Chef Patrice Falantin invites guests to discover a variety of exquisite wine-based dishes, from coq au vin to Champagne jelly. Buffet dinner is priced from $79 per adult. Satisfy the palate with Sofitel’s Le Cellier offering and indulge in a collection of Australian table wines by carafe, priced from $39.

Cuvée Lounge Bar
Sofitel Brisbane Central’s daily apéro chic ritual from 4-6pm will feature Moet et Chandon perfectly paired with a truffled popcorn accompaniment. Purchase a glass of Moet et Chandon for $23 and have the chance to win a complimentary glass, bottle, or breakfast for two in Thyme² restaurant with a glass of Moet et Chandon on arrival.

Privé249
Discover an epicurean affair in Privé249 with Chef Benjamin Bellec’s Sofitel Wine Days set menu, infused with traditional French flavours seamlessly blended with hints of wine and grape. Dinner wouldn’t be complete without a glass of Veuve Clicquot for $31 served from the famous Privé249 champagne trolley. For more, visit sofitelbrisbane.com.au

 Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa

International Chef Jason Saxby (three dinners from 27-29 September 2018)

Lauded international Chef Jason Saxby of Two Hatted restaurant Pilu at Freshwater (ex Quay, Per Se, The Ledbury, and Pollen Street Social) will join the culinary team at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa for three special dinner services at the hotel’s V Restaurant. Saxby will present a scrumptious six course degustation menu presenting an Italian twist on Fiji cuisine, which will be complemented by an outstanding selection of wines of Akarua Winery, Central Otago, New Zealand. Price: FJ$149 per adult (six course only) or FJ$199 per adult including matching Akarua wines.Reservations are essential on dine@sofitelfiji.com.fj or visit www.sofitel-fiji.com

Sofitel French Polynesia 

Cheese & wine events with French Cheese Master Oliver Poulard (October 15 – 31 2018)

Sofitel French Polynesia in partnership with Air France, will welcome one of the most famous Cheese Masters, Mr Olivier Poulard – an Ambassador for French cheese culture – for a series of events around cheese and wines. Exceptional dinners and Chic Aperitifs will take place on the white sand beaches and restaurants at Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort and Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island from October 15 to October 31, 2018. Sofitel French Polynesia’s annual cheese and wine events are a unique occasion to taste French terroir in the exceptional grounds of Moorea and Bora Bora. For the 4th invited year, French Cheese Master Olivier Poulard will work closely with Sommelier, Mr Fabrice Jarry, and Chef Marc Lintanf (disciple of Escoffier International 2015 and Member of Toques Blanches du Monde 2012) to showcase an exclusive French gastronomic experience.

Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

Friday, October 19, guests can enjoy a special cabaret evening at K Restaurant featuring a 4-course dinner with cheese and wine pairing, while admiring aerobatics, jazz music, and refined traditional Tahitian dances. Price: XPF 25000 per adult including wine pairing. Reservations are essential on h0566-fb@sofitel.com or visit sofitel-moorea-iaora.com

Saturday October 20, a cheese buffet dinner-show will be held at Pure restaurant. Price: XPF 9000 per adult (excluding drinks).

Sunday October 21, there will be a ‘Magnifique Brunch’ highlighting a selection of unique cheeses. Price: XPF 8400 per adult (excluding drinks).In the evening, aperitifs will be set up on the beach at sunset.Price: XPF 4900 per adult (excluding drinks). 

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort and Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

Sofitel Wine Days will be celebrated at Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort and Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island by highlighting the wineries of four countries around the Pacific Ocean. Bora Bora will celebrate the regional products from France welcome the Cheese Master Olivier Poulard on October 25 and October 26 for two unique evenings.

Thursday, October 25, a refined cheese buffet dinner will take place at Manu Tuki restaurantPrice: XPF 8900 per adult (excluding drinks).

Friday, October 26 aperitifs will be served at Hurricane Bar during sunset.Price: XPF 4900 per adult (excluding drinks).For more information, visit sofitel-moorea-iaora.com and sofitel-marara.com

Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach

Blind Tasting, Every Friday (21st September – 26th October 2018)

Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach’s sommelier, will expands guests’ knowledge and help them discover which wine suits them best. Blind wine tasting will tempt the nose and tingle the taste buds. Blind tasting will take place between 4.30pm – 5.30pm each Friday. Guests who guess the correct wine varietal will enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in room81. Price: Complimentary

Wine Matching Degustation, 2nd – 13th October 2018

Book a table at Gold Coast Broadbeach’s two-hatted restaurant, room81, and let Chef Sam Moore take you on a memorable food journey across five delectable courses, priced at $99 per person. Upgrade to the wine matching degustation for $55 per person, and receive a second wine match complimentary.

Rose Wine Flight, 16th – 31st October 2018

Ambassador of the new French Art de Vivre all over the world, Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach invites guests to discover magnifique wines with room81’s Rose Wine Flight. Originating from the Cotes Du Province wine region in France, discover the different climates, blends of grapes, picking periods and the wine making skills which all contribute to producing a refreshing Australian Rose. Price: $35 per person

Rose High Tea 21st September – 31st October 2018

Indulge in a Rose inspired High Tea, curated by Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach’s Head Pastry Chef, Adam Hackett. Sit back and relax in the French inspired restaurant, Bistro On3 and enjoy a choice of crisp Rose from Cotes Du Province, France or a sparkling pink moscato from Victoria, Australia. Price: $45 per person

For more information about these events Ph: 07 5592 2250 or www.sofitelgoldcoast.com.au 

Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort

Champagne Lunches, (Saturdays & Sundays 15 September – 31 October)

Invite your most fabulous friends to Noosa Beach House at Sofitel Noosa Pacific Report for a two hour tasting experience with cascading champagne, chilled to perfection for moments of indulgence and decadence. Moet will be perfectly paired with a four course tasting menu for $99 per person or Veuve Clicquot for just $129 per person.

Cabana Club – Rose Edition (Saturday 13th October)

Treat yourself and friends to the ultimate travel indulgence with a poolside experience at The Cabanas Noosa. Delight in Moet Ice Rose served by personalised butler service with exclusive Cabana use for four hours for up to four guests, priced from $1,000. The package also includes fresh fruit platter, selection of French still and sparkling water, ipad and magazines.

Cloudy Bay Winemaker Lunch, (Friday 28 September)

Hotel visitors and locals are invited to Noosa Beach House to indulge in a three-course lunch featuring Cloudy Bay Wines. Price: $110 per person

Rose Journey, (Saturday 6th October)

Sofitel Noosa’s Riviera Bar & Lounge will host a series of Rose wine flights. Guests will enjoy a selection of five Rose wines from around the world, served with gourmet share plates.

Price: $95 per person. For more information about these events, visit sofitelnoosapacificresort.com.au

 Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins in partnership with Black on Body has designed a bespoke pyramid-shaped bath bomb to celebrate Sofitel Wine Days in recognition of guests who stay in the 50th floor suites, preferring to enjoy their Champagne in the spacious baths.  For a limited time from September to October, guests can enjoy handmade pyramind-shaped bath bomb, which pays homage to the famous architect I.M. Pei who designed the hotel building. It comes with a selection of white chocolate truffles and a bottle of Taittinger Champagne for $95 when booking one of the hotels 50th floor suites. Handmade in Melbourne, each bath pyramid is infused with Grapeseed oil and a blend of essential oils. Laced with sea salt, nature’s own anti inflammation mineral, every product used in the pyramid is vegan,100% natural and not tested on animals.For more, visit sofitel-melbourne.com.au

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

Perrier Jouet Dinner, (Thursday 18th October) Embark on a sensory journey with Perrier Jouet at Sofitel Darling Harbour with a unique dinner paired with Perrier Jouet Champagne. Price TBA.

Champagne degustation (1st-31st October)Vertical tasting of three exclusive cuvees 3 x 100ml Louis Roederer Phillip Stark 2009, Taittinger Rosé, Pommer Brut Apanage with matching canapes. Price TBA.For more information, visit www.sofitelsydneydarlingharbour.com.au

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Evita High Tea with complimenting wines (21 September – 31st October)To celebrate Sofitel Wine Days, the team at Soiree has carefully selected delicate wines to complement the Evita High Tea experience, served in Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s new Tea Lounge. Wines range from Veuve Clicquot Rose to La Boheme Rose and Fiore Moscato. Sydney’s Hotel of the Arts, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is the main sponsor of the highly anticipated Musical Evita by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber starring Tina Arena, launching in Sydney on 18th September. Delight in an Argentinian flavoured High tea matched with premium wines before making your way to the Sydney Opera House. Priced from $69 per person. Discover more on www.sofitelsydney.com.au/evita-high-tea-,chocolat_viewItem_3781-en.html

A Round-the-world tour of wines to celebrate the 7th edition of Wine Days

In France, wine is an institution of international renown, owing its uniqueness to the wealth of terroirs and the diversity of blends. Whether European or from a far corner of the world, the number of grape varieties is astonishing. With this in this mind, Sofitel will once again present an all-encompassing overview of wines. An array of international wines have been selected by Sofitel’s sommeliers, allowing guests to discover each of their specific features and taste profiles. Australia, Argentina, Portugal and New Zealand – all of these wine regions will be showcased in a voyage of the senses. A number of tastings, ‘Wines of the World’ events, discussions and meetings with local wine experts will be held at Sofitel hotels. Depending on the location, guests will be invited to enjoy delicious wine-based cocktails, take part in traditional and blind tasting sessions and even bid at auctions. Wine will, of course, take center stage during dinners and brunches, with gourmet menus created especially for the Sofitel Wine Days events.



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