Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat and the Antique Wine Company Launch Spectacular Series of Fine Wine Weekends -- April 2007 Event to Feature Three Centuries of Chateau Lafite Rothschild

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Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat and The Antique Wine Company (http://www.antique-wine.com) are launching an exclusive series of fine wine weekend events, the first of which is to take place at Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, on the French Riviera, between 20th and 22nd April 2007. Among the weekend's activities will be a masterclass featuring an unprecented vertical tasting of 10 contrasting Chateau Lafite Rothchild vintages between 1898 and present.

Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat and The Antique Wine Company (http://www.antique-wine.com) are launching an exclusive series of fine wine weekend events, the first of which is to take place at Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat between 20th and 22nd April 2007.

The April event entitled 'Three Centuries of Chateau Lafite Rothschild' will be a rare chance to experience and enjoy more than twenty vintages of one of the world's greatest wines with vintages spanning both ancient and young.

The series of tastings will be presented by Stephen Williams Managing Director and John Salvi Master of Wine of The Antique Wine Company accompanied by Charles Chevallier, Director of Chateau Lafite Rothschild. The finest vintages will be complemented by exceptional gastronomy, created by Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat's new chef Didier Aniès (winner of the "Meilleur Ouvrier de France" award in 2000), all in the surroundings of one of the world's most luxurious hotels situated on the French Riviera.

Among the weekend's activities will be a masterclass featuring an unprecented vertical tasting of 10 contrasting Chateau Lafite Rothchild vintages between 1898 and present. The Chateau Lafite Rothschild Gastronomic Challenge Dinner with eight superb vintages of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, enhanced by a blind tasting challenge, will be another highlight of this exclusive event.

The event will also appeal to partners or guests of wine enthusiasts who may prefer a more general "principals of wine tasting" seminar designed to provide confidence in identifying quality factors in wine. Alternatively a private tour of two nearby historical palaces on the French Riviera, Villa Ephrussi Rothschild and its gardens and Villa Kerylos is another optional activity during the weekend.

Michel Galopin, General Manager at Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, comments: "Our objective is to develop the hotel's reputation as the international destination of fine wine excellence. The combination of an exceptional tasting of fine wines from Chateau Lafite Rothschild and gastronomy by our new chef, Didier Aniès, will be an unforgettable weekend on the French Riviera."

Stephen Williams, Managing Director of The Antique Wine Company, comments: "We are delighted to be working in association with the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat and to have the cooperation of the Rothschild family at this special event. It has been created to appeal to those looking for an memorable fine wine experience - a celebration of the wines of Chateau Lafite Rothschild - as well as an event for those with less or little wine knowledge who would like to learn more, and all in a very enjoyable way in this beautiful part of the French Riviera while staying at one of the world's most luxurious hotels."

A limited number of places are available for this exclusive weekend at a price of £1,900 (2,500 euros) per person to include all the fine wine activities, two champagne receptions, two gastronomic dinners, one gastronomic lunch and two nights accommodation with breakfast at Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat. A non-residential package on Saturday 21st April is also available for £1,500 (2,000 euros) per person. A detailed programme for the 'Three Centuries of Chateau Lafite Rothschild Weekend Event' can be viewed at http://lafite.antique-wine.com where further enquiries and reservations can also be made. Alternatively please call Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat on +33 (0)4 93 76 50 50 or The Antique Wine Company on +44 (0)207 359 1109.

Notes to Editors:

High resolution photos of Chateau Lafite Rothschild and photograph of Stephen Williams and Michel Galopin launching the 'Three Centuries of Chateau Lafite Rothschild Weekend Event' can be downloaded at the following link:

http://antique-wine.com/a-img/press/private.htm

Press information in French and high resolution photographs are also available at:

http://www.bpcom.eu in the area Espace Presse

Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat is a luxurious Belle Epoque hotel built in 1908. The magnificent white building stands in 7 hectares of secluded gardens overlooking the Mediterranean. The hotel has 53 rooms, including 9 suites, and a 550 m2 presidential suite, the Villa Rose-Pierre. Its 1930s Olympic swimming pool at the Club Dauphin, the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat's seafront resort, is a legend in its own right.

The Grand-Hôtel du Cap Ferrat is the winner of many prestigious awards, and in May 2006, the American consumer magazine "Travel and Leisure" (American Express Company) published its list of hotels offering services of the most outstanding quality around the world. The Grand-Hôtel du Cap Ferrat tops the list, ranked N°1 in Europe and N° 2 worldwide in its category. In addition, the Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2006 rated the hotel as one of the best in Europe.

The start of the 2007 season is marked by two events: the arrival of Didier Aniès as the hotel's new Chef, and the launch of an exclusive series of events that will see the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat becoming an internationally recognised destination for excellence in fine wine, in association with Stephen Williams of The Antique Wine Company.

Didier ANIES won the Meilleur Ouvrier de France award in 2000. He will bring a new dimension to the exclusive fine wine events at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, offering gastronomic dinners and the chance to enjoy rare wines accompanied by Didier ANIES' simple, delicious, unpretentious and elegant cuisine. A celebration of talent and the art of living.

The Antique Wine Company http://www.antique-wine.com
The Antique Wine Company has had the privilege of advising, negotiating and concluding many of the world's most interesting fine wine transactions. Established over 20 years ago, the London-based company specialises in sourcing vintages over 150 years old, as well as providing fine contemporary wines for the avid collector.

The launch of this exclusive series of fine wine weekend events marks the continued association between The Antique Wine Company and Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, following the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat's acquisition from The Antique Wine Company of The Great Antique Yquem Collection. Antique Wine is continuing to work with Grand-Hotel du Cap Ferrat to create an international centre of fine wine excellence at the hotel and a second fine wine weekend event is to be held in September 2007 at the hotel, details of which will be announced later this year.

For further information please contact:

Bryony Wright or Sarah Hembrow at Proven PR on +44 (0)117 924 9303 or Bryony @ provenpr.co.uk or Sarah@provenpr.co.uk

Or

Julie Turner at The Antique Wine Company on mobile +33 (0)6 25 28 72 82 or JulieT @ antique-wine.com or via The Antique Wine Company in London on +44 (0)207 359 1109.

Or

Brigitte Pellero, Public Relations, Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat on +33 (0)4 92 98 12 01 or bpellero @ bpcom.eu

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