The Ultimate New Zealand Experience

Several lucky winners enjoy a weekend in Chicago courtesy of Nobilo Wines and Sea Ray, including a special dinner and a river cruise.

One of Chicago’s best-kept secrets is how beautiful the city is from the water. Five winners of the Ultimate New Zealand Experience sweepstakes got to experience the view firsthand this September at a three-day event hosted by premier New Zealand winemaker Nobilo Wines, in partnership with Sea Ray.

The winners and their lucky guests received round-trip flights to the Windy City to enjoy three nights at the prestigious Langham Hotel, a cruise down the Chicago River aboard a Sea Ray 470 Sundancer provided by Chicagoland Sea Ray dealer Skipper Buds, $500 in spending money and a uniquely New Zealand-themed dinner, hosted on the rooftop of the Celeste Restaurant and prepared by celebrity New Zealand chef Kayne Raymond. The guests were also treated to bottles of Nobilo’s award-winning Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir and sailing jackets courtesy of Nobilo.

“The event was a chance for us to show our guests how special New Zealand is, particularly the wine,” says Anna Hine, Marketing Manager at Nobilo. “The country’s unique climate makes it famous for having the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world and perfect for harvesting more temperamental grapes like Pinot Noir. Nowhere else in the world can they produce Sauvignon Blanc with such intensity of flavor.”

To complement these fine wines, Chef Raymond, best known for his role on BBC’s No Kitchen Required, created for his guests a five-course meal with classic New Zealand elements, including a smoked trout salad, mussel fritters, rack of lamb and pavlova, a traditional New Zealand dessert.

“I can’t say enough good things!” shares prizewinner Shirley Topp from California. “The accommodations, the people behind the entire thing—they made this a great trip with lots of memories for us.”

“It was a trip we will remember for years to come!” shares prizewinner Jan Danielson from Oregon. “We thank you for giving us the opportunity to enjoy Nobilo wine paired with exceptionally prepared New Zealand cuisine for a meal that was incomparable.”

Thanks to the great success of this year’s event, as well as last year’s Experience in New York City, Nobilo plans to continue the annual sweepstakes, though the location for next year has yet to be determined. Watch for an upcoming LaunchPad email for further details.

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