Three comedians walk into a Marlborough vineyard . . .
They win over everyone in the crowd, bar the one inevitable heckler who invites them to heap highly entertaining scorn upon him. And so they do.
Jeremy Elwood, Michele A'Court and Steve Wrigley took the stage at Amigos & Vinos at Isabel Estate near Renwick on Friday night, and gave the crowd a jolly good belly laugh and one heckler a jolly good ribbing.
The inaugural event was billed as a warmup to the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival the next day, and the comedians did not miss an opportunity to make fun of public service messages encouraging the public to drink sensibly.
Indeed, they did not miss an opportunity to take a swing at many modern sacred cows.
But the audience forgave them and laughed out loud.
The evening started just after 6pm with the Logan Trio.
Emma Logan later joined her brothers on stage to share her singing talent.
Blenheim-raised Sarah Brown and her band provided a happy, mellow sound with a touch of country and Sola Rosa, of Auckland, brought a vibrant energy to the night when they took the stage at 11pm.
About 600 people gathered for the event in the beautiful setting backed by grapevines and a view of the Richmond Range, and ended the evening with a stroll to the makeshift car park in a nearby paddock under a clear sky full of stars.
- The Marlborough Express