Town, wine combine to shine

PENNY WARDLE
Last updated 14:11 29/01/2013
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Blenheim businesses and wineries are working together to create window displays celebrating the 2013 Marlborough Wine & Food Festival.

The Marlborough Chamber of Commerce is running a festival-themed window display competition.

Chamber executive assistant Debbie Carter said yesterday about 20 stores entered had been matched with a winery. Entrants had until noon yesterday to complete their displays.

"It's good to have the CBD on board when events come to town," she said. "It gives the town a vibrant feel and makes visitors feel welcome."

Bed Bath & Beyond Blenheim manager Christine MacDonald said this was the first time the store had entered the competition, after 12 months in town. Its display centred on a bed in the window combined with props from Drylands Wines and shop stock.

Blenheim Bookworld owner Charlene Scott said the match of her store and Spy Valley Wines was a perfect fit. Penguin New Zealand provided mock-ups of spy novels by Ian Fleming, displayed alongside more recent novels in the same genre, and books celebrating wine and food.

The twin balls of the Waihopai spy base also feature alongside bottles dressed in tuxedos.

Creswells manager Keith Sandford said Framingham Wines set a wine theme with a barrel and bottles, then staff of the shoe store added bags and shoes as the final touch.

Entries will be judged on Friday and results announced on Monday.

The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival will be celebrated at the Brancott vineyard off Brancott Rd west of Blenheim on Saturday, February 9.

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- The Marlborough Express

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