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South Pacific Pacers Take on the 2018 Healdsburg Half Marathon

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Mt. Beautiful's properties may be on New Zealand's South Island but we have a sales and marketing team in the U.S. that is passionate about the brand and and also an active bunch!

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With our U.S. office located in the San Francisco Bay Area, within close proximity to Sonoma and Napa wine countries where a couple "Destination Races" take hold, includiing the popular Healdsburg Half Marathon, we saw a natural tie-in to creating a U.S. running team aptly named the South Pacific Pacers.

Suzanna Mannion, our Marketing Manager organized the running team in 2017 for the Healdsburg Half Marathon however wildfires canceled the event that year. The team reformed in 2018 and successfully completed the event with 10 "pacers" (i.e. runners) in addition to our Western U.S. Sales Manager Tiffany Tonnerre and Executive Administrator Maura Sullivan who staffed what proved to be a very popular post-race tasting station at the finish line! 

As much fun as running 13.1 miles was had by all the participants and it looks like the South Pacific Pacers will be making a comeback to the Healdsburg Half for years to come, and will hopefully grow our team as the years go by. 

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Midwinter Winemakers' Feast

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Friday 10th August 2018 we hosted our Midwinter Winemakers' Feast at Mt. Beautiful's Two Rivers Cafe & Wine Tasting Room located in Central Cheviot.

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A mix of forty five guests, both locals and those from out of town, came together to enjoy the evening's bounty. Included on the guest list were some key members of Mt. Beautiful Winery's U.S. team including CEO Robert Watkins, Business Operations Manager Cori Gormley and Administrative Executive Maura Sullivan.

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The evening started in the Tasting Room where guests arrived for canapes and tastings of current wine vintages, followed by a family style feast featuring Mt. Beautiful beef and lamb.

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Winemaker Sam Weaver and Assistant Winemaker Ben Weaver spoke a little about the wines at the beginning, and mingled with guests throughout the evening answering questions and queries.

Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir Magnums

Dinner started with 2016 Pinot Noir magnums followed by 2015 Pinot Noir, 2015 10 Barrels Pinot Noir and 2009 Pinot Noir.

A taste of Mt. Beautiful's special dessert wine (straight from the barrel) was presented alongside beautifully prepared platters of local cheeses. This brought a close to the feast.

General Manager Kimberley Eagle said "It was a really fantastic evening! We have since had a lot of great feedback from people who attended and people who heard about this event through the grapevine.

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