Spy display steals show

19:11, Feb 03 2013
Charlene Scott
Savvy success: The clever combination of wine and intrigue in Blenheim Bookworld’s window display, including the tuxedo bottle held by owner Charlene Scott, wowed the judges in this year’s Marlborough Food and Wine window displaycompetition.

A filing cabinet with papers rifled through, a strangely coded message dropped on the floor and a bookcase filled with spy novels.

If it sounds intriguing, take a walk along Market St and check out Blenheim Bookworld's winning Marlborough Wine and Food Festival window display.

Blenheim Bookworld owner Charlene Scott was delighted with the joint venture with Spy Valley, which is named after the spy base near the winery in the Waihopai Valley.

"There was so much scope there with spy bases, their name, the valley, spy books and of course celebrating what the wine and food festival is all about," Mrs Scott said.

"We just wanted to have fun."

Their window display also featured cookbooks written by three of the celebrity chefs who will be at the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival on Saturday - Al Brown, Brett McGregor and Nadia Lim.


Books by Marlborough photographer and winemaker Kevin Judd and spy novelist Ian Fleming were also on display.

Customers had clearly taken note of the display, with an Aucklander popping in to ask where she got the vintage James Bond posters from, Mrs Scott said.

About 20 Blenheim retailers and Marlborough wineries entered the annual competition organised by the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce.

Mrs Scott said the window displays highlighted and supported one of the region's biggest events.

"Some of the visitors stay a day or two either side of the event, we should all be supporting each other."

The window displays were judged by the chamber's Debbie Carter, ANZ Bank's Emma Morrow and More FM's Natasha Knox, on Friday.

The Marlborough Express