Earning a trip to California wine country via contest

To celebrate the launch of Flava, a magazine focussing on culinary culture in the Cayman Islands, readers had the opportunity to enter a competition for a trip to wine country in California.

The competition, sponsored by Cayman Free Press, Longitude Travel Services and Tortuga Wines and Spirits, was won by Wendy Lee, who along with a guest will be jetting off to San Francisco for a five-day stay in the Sonoma wine region, including wine tastings.

“I’m just thrilled – I love food, travel, and wine, of course, so this is just a fantastic prize for me and a great opportunity. I have been to San Francisco before but not Sonoma, so it is just going to be a wonderful experience and I’m really looking forward to it. I would like to thank the sponsors for making such an amazing price available,” Ms Lee said.

According to Anne Mason of Cayman Free Press, readers can expect more great competitions in future editions of Flava.

“Flava launched its first issue with this great competition to Sonoma. Congratulations to Wendy Lee, who was the first name drawn with the correct answers out of nearly 500 entries. The next edition of Flava will be out on 18 May and will be full of great things to cook and taste this summer,” she said.

Barnaby Richardson of Tortuga said the company now represents numerous wines from the region.

“Tortuga Wines and Spirits are doing some fantastic new wines from Napa and I hope Wendy will enjoy some of the vineyards we now represent, along with some nice accommodation and some beautiful wines,” he said.

Patricia Amante of Longitude Travel Services said that food culture is playing a more important role in travel.

“Food and wine travel is a growth area world wide, although not so much here in Cayman in particular yet. I think a lot of people are becoming very foodie and wine connoisseurs,” she said.