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4 October 2017

The ‘Summer Series’ at Archangel

ARCHANGEL Summer Series – Sunday Lunchtime Dining

Sunday’s have never sounded so good in Central Otago.  ARCHANGEL and MORSEL are joining forces to offer its guests an unforgettable food and wine experience near Wanaka.

We look forward to welcoming you at Archangel for a Summer Series of  Sunday lunchtime dining. Enjoy a relaxed, multi-course, share-style menu inspired by regional flavours and textures.

Let us introduce you to our exciting collaboration partners!

MORSEL is formed of two halves. Kate Morse and Eliot Thomas. With a combined experience of over 30 years working in restaurants, cafes and bars they know their onions.​

​Kate cut her teeth in wine bars in Auckland city where she developed a huge sense of curiosity for the world of wine. Taking this to London she spent three years managing one of the top wine bars of the city, The 10 Cases. This unique and innovative wine bar pushed her knowledge of wine, food and service within a thriving professional environment.

​Eliot was always going to be a great chef. His Fijian roots meant that his childhood was centred around a love for fresh ingredients and big flavours. He honed his craft working on superyachts around the world being able to work with unlimited budgets and special ingredients. Then in London he was apprenticed by the fantastic Stevie Parle at the Dock Kitchen and went on to be Head Chef at Craft London. Here he ran a bakery, butchery, smoke house, bee hives, vegetable patches and pickle room and incorporated all of these into menus for the restaurant.

They moved to Wanaka in March 2017 bringing this passion for quality with them. The focus is on honest, delicious food that stands out from the rest. Local ingredients and seasonality are the most important factors to creating the perfect dish.​

They aim to design plates of food which are modern, innovative and delicious, after all why would you pay for boring food?

It’s a Sunday Summer Series not to be missed – and what better way to enjoy the perfect lunchtime gathering than in a picture-perfect setting overlooking the vines with great food and wine?  Archangel and Morsel look forward to hosting you from early November onwards for a ‘Summer Series’ of food and wine at Archangel Vineyard – just 15 minutes out of Wanaka.  Booking details to follow soon.

11 July 2011

DECANTER & Central Otago Pinot Noir

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow......

Dear Wine Friends
Firstly, my apologies for the lack of posts of late – I could offer 101 excuses, but I won’t. Please forgive my tardiness.

Today I awoke to a blanket of snow covering the landscape, creating a magical winter wonderland. Yes, after weeks of waiting, the snow has finally arrived in my home town of Wanaka. The ski bunnies are happy, which in turn makes the locals happy. For those that are not familiar with Wanaka – it is a small resort town located just north of the 45th parallel in Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand. Nestled within a majestic backdrop of rugged mountains, Wanaka sits at the southern end of Lake Wanaka (New Zealand’s fourth largest lake). It is the gateway to the Mount Aspiring National Park and an array of exciting experiences. You can ski down mountains (or across); hunt for deer, wild pig or chamois (a kind of mountain goat/antelope); fly-fish for trout (brown and rainbow); fly over glaciers or jump out of planes (preferably with a parachute); you can hike up mountains or trek the terrain on horseback or mountain-bike. From boating adventures to water sports, we have experiences to suit all. Our trendy cafés and restaurants offer sumptuous cuisine created from locally produced food – and as for the wine, Central Otago can proudly boast some of the finest Pinot Noir (and white varieties) in the world. Now just to support the latter, I thought I’d share some news – at the recent Decanter World Wine Awards 2011(one the world’s most prestigious Wine Shows) Central Otago Pinot Noir ran ‘HOT’. Out of the 26 New Zealand Pinot Noirs that won Silver or above, 15 were awarded to Pinot Noir from Central Otago. Not a bad effort from the Central Otago wine producers. Of course I’m also proud to say that our Archangel Pinot Noir 2009 (which incidentally is only our second vintage) was awarded a SILVER. So naturally we are thrilled!

So, back to Wanaka and Central Otago – in case you decide to visit us, I thought I’d share a few of my ‘Hot Picks’ (in no particular order) which includes places to stay, places to eat and ‘must do’ experiences. Of course, there are numerous others which you can find on www.lakewanaka.co.nz

* Aoturoa Villa: www.aoturoa.co.nz – luxury and comfort in a boutique villa with the warmest of hospitality.
* Relishes Café: on Wanaka lake front – great food, great wine and the friendliest of staff.
* Cardona Ski field: www.cardrona.com – A great way to get your natural high – safe for beginners and with challenging ski runs for the more adventurous.
* Wanaka Skydiving: www.skydivewanaka.com – Highly recommended by my son (sorry I’m too chicken) and perhaps not if you suffer heart problems!
* Ridgeline Wine Tours: www.ridgelinenz.com – Relax and enjoy the wine. Let your host introduce you to some of Central Otago’s little gems.
* Wellwood Gallery and Archangel Wine Tasting Room: A sensual Wine and Wood Experience in a unique gallery setting.
* Puzzling World: www.puzzlingworld.co.nz – Quirky and fun, no matter how old you are!
* Rob Roy Track: Nature at its purest! Glaciers, waterfalls, alpine flora and fauna, etc,etc….simply stunning!

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