Journal competition winner is off to California

Competition included Jacques Scott, Longitude Travel

A lucky reader of the Cayman
Islands Journal will be heading off to California to explore the vineyards of
the Napa Valley, courtesy of Jacques Scott and Longitude Travel Services.

Craig Nixon’s name was drawn from
more than 400 entries and he will be on his way to California to experience the
wine culture in what has become one of the more renowned wine producing regions
in the world. The prize includes two return flights to San Francisco and six
days in the Napa Valley region.

According to Lee Royle, wine
marketing manager with Jacques Scott, the prize will give the winners a unique
insight into the Napa Valley wine producing region.

“At Jacques Scott we specialise in
regions and countries around the world and one of our strong suites is wine
from the United States, particularly California of course, and California means
Napa Valley. So we decided it’s a good idea to give the readers and our
customers a chance to get to the Napa Valley and check out the vineyards
themselves,” said Mr. Royle.


More in store

The trip promises to be much more
than just a normal tour of the wine estates of the Napa Valley region.

“These guys are going to be treated
to some really exclusive VIP tours through the vineyards, VIP lunches, they get
to stay in the guest houses that are actually on the properties, so really
exciting stuff. Napa Valley is synonymous with wine, but I also think the countryside
around the area and in the area is really stunning,” said Mr. Royle.

According to the lucky winner, Mr.
Nixon, he is really looking forward to the trip.

“It’s enough time that you can
really appreciate it – you can immerse yourself into the wine and you become
less of a tourist and can just concentrate on the experience. We have access to
all the wines in Cayman, but to go to the place where they actually are made,
you have a better appreciation of the wine.”

He is also looking forward to
experiencing the food of the region.

“There it is a celebration of food
and wine, and they really take the gastronomical experience to another level.
We’re really looking forward to that.”

His companion on the trip will be
Taylor Burrows, who says the win was perfectly timed, as a recently planned
trip to California fell through.

“We had planned out our trip and
everything, I was so excited, so this is kind of our way of getting that back,”
she said.

Patrizia Amante, managing director
of Longitude Travel Services, said it is always a pleasure when members of the
local community win a competition.

“I cannot wait for Craig and Taylor
to come back from Napa Valley and tell us their stories. We at Longitude Travel
will ensure they have a worry free holiday,” she said.

Participants in the competition had
to visit a Jacques Scott store to find the answers to the questions posted on The name of the winner was drawn from the correct entries.


Competition winners Taylor Burrows and Craig Nixon are con-gratulated by Lee Royle of Jacques Scott, Patrizia Amante of Longitude Travel Services and Anne Mason of Cayman Free Press.
Photo: Eugene Bonthuys