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If you’re about to Google ‘La Paulee’ don’t, allow us to elaborate. The old adage of La Paulee comes from France, where they would celebrate the end of the grape harvest. La Paulee is a fiesta celebrating delicious food, the finest wines and their respective winemakers as well as camaraderie and togetherness; all come together in merriment for the ultimate gala dinner. The festivities are held annually over one week at Constance Hotels Mauritius – Prince Maurice as well as Belle Mare Plage.
It’s in its fourth year and of course we were first in line, so here is our list of our top six reasons to visit the island of Mauritius for La Paulee.
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Embracing the unknown
Imagine meeting new folks from all corners of the world, all who have come together for one purpose: to drink wine. It’s every oenophiles dream. Who knows what to expect or what you’ll experience, all you’re guaranteed is it will be a five star plus experience. Count us in!
The first-class food
Now the crème de la crème has to be the fact that a Michelin star chef comes all the way to Mauritius to prepare a top-notch wine pairing dinner. This year Chef Nicolas Boutin of Michelin Star Epure Restaurant in Hong Kong orchestrated the six-course dinner.
Nibbling on Norwegian salmon with verbena pepper and grilled Ankarana organic prawns with the all-encompassing echoes of the Indian Ocean in the background, as the sun begins to set, it was a pinch me moment!
An added bonus this year was cheese affineur Frederic Van Tricht from Belgium. Not only did he offer a cheese master class but for La Paulee, he beautifully paired an entire course of refined cheese with a creamy and invigorating MCC- Domaine des Dieux, 2009.
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Wanderlusting for wine
If you’re here for the right Riesling you’ll understand that this event is all about this heavenly sap from the g-ds. Sipping on the most exquisite wines in the world is reason enough to visit this festival. This year we indulged with a meticulous selection of winemakers, Rene Barbier from Spain, Megan Parnell from South Africa, Eleonora Gottardi from Italy, Egon Muller from Germany and Jean-Dominique Vacheron from France. To say we were on cloud wine is an understatement. From Sancerre’s refreshing acidity all the way from the French valley to the vinification of ganash grapes from Spain, no wines were left behind. Our fave has to be the Italian Musso Riserva- a collection created for communicating authentic and tangible emotions. The wines are dedicated to their donkeys living on the vineyards.
Feel right at home
Yes HJ, all the way in this tropical paradise is where you’ll find people revelling in South African wines. This year winemaker Megan Parsnell was selected by master sommelier of Constance Hotels, Jerome Faure and assistant sommelier Jorald Julie, from the Hemel en Aarde valley for Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut, Sangiovese 2015 and Josephine Pinot Noir 2013.And although we’re not totally unbiased, twas a perfect choice.
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Adding an unmatched experience to your travel
For the seasoned traveller, although some might say ‘first-world problems’ it seems we’re all lusting after that extra special touch, something unique and extraordinary. So not only will you acquire all that here but also experience Constance Hotels five star services as well as feast with elite wine connoisseurs and feel free to be a wine snob. We couldn’t think of anywhere we would rather be…
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Bianca Spinner is the Lifestyle Editor at Hello Joburg Magazine. Bianca is taking strides as in independent woman in the workforce and combined with her deep seated passion and love for her community, she is sure to increase her insatiable appetite for success.