Astrolabe Wines best stall

17:06, Feb 11 2013
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Winners of the best site : Astrolabe with Jason Yank, Jane Forrest and Simon Waghorn
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Fashion in the vines competition.
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Al Brown and Cloudy Bay Clams cooking demonstration
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Carmen Potgieter from Auckland for her first Marlborough Wine and Food Festival.

A clever play on words and no budget helped Astrolabe Wines win best stall at this year's Marlborough Wine and Food Festival.

The Marlborough winery created its very own wine library, a veritable sanctuary, amid the soaring temperatures on Saturday.

The library was filled with old cricket books and novels that belonged to winemaker and owner Simon Waghorn's father, David Waghorn.

Jason Yank
Winners of the best site : Astrolabe with Jason Yank, Jane Forrest and Simon Waghorn

Simon's wife Jane Forrest-Waghorn, who used to be the children's librarian at Blenheim library, said they had been given the books for Christmas by Simon's mother.

"The idea is a wine library because we have a small wine library at work," she said. "I originally bought these shelves to store our library wines."

Library wines were older, vintage wines no longer for sale that winemakers kept for sentimental value, Mrs Forrest-Waghorn said.

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Feedback from punters had been really positive, she said.

The Astrolabe team had no budget and still went $100 over, Mrs Forrest-Waghorn said.

"All I had to do was buy new table cloths because we couldn't find ours at home," she said.

The festival had been a hectic but enjoyable day, she said.

"It's always fun meeting the people that drink your wine. It's also fun being a part of the Marlborough wine community, this is the time of year we all get together. It's a strong part of our industry."

Mr Waghorn said he wanted a den-like library - a man's sort of room.

"My father was very passionate about his cricket books so this has sentimental value. I have good memories of my father here."

"Cheers to you Dave," Mrs Forrest-Waghorn said.

Marlborough Chamber of Commerce general manager Brian Dawson said choosing the best site got more difficult every year.

The standard of exhibitions was exceptionally high, Mr Dawson said.

The Marlborough Express