Devour! The Beach Pairs Exclusive Wines With Culinary Pleasures

The Abacos, Bahamas (March 18, 2014) – The best wines from Italy will be imported to Devour! The Beach exclusively for event wine tasting participants.  Master of Wine, Michael Palij, MW, will take guests on a tour of his world of wine in two wine tastings accompanied by delicious cuisine.

“There is more to Italy than Barolo and Chianti,” says Palij, who will lead a seminar on the undiscovered jewel wines of Italy featuring food pairings prepared by Chef Michael Howell who spends some of his time conducting exclusive culinary tours in all part of Italy.

The wine spectacle will include Zucchetto Prosecco, Gavi di Tassarolo, Greco di Tufo, Derthona Timorassou, Renieri Brunello di Montalcino and Cort Sant’ Alda Amarone della Valpolicella* to name a few. Food pairing of herbed focaccia, lobster/artichoke ravioli and prosciutto, grilled paillard of lamb and red wine demi and rum baba.

“The combination of an encyclopedic knowledge of Italy and many years teaching experience allows Palij to share his passion for the vines of Italy,” says Chef Howell. “All while enjoying the delightful company of other wine enthusiasts.”

Canadian-born Palij is acknowledged as one of the UK’s finest wine tutors and one of only 400 Master of Wines worldwide.  A Master of Wine since 1995, he very much enjoys educating others in the enjoyment and appreciation of fine wines and his education company, Winematters, now has branches in the UK, Ireland, and the Caribbean.

Palij will lead another seminar on what wines to have with the plentiful fish and seafood so prevalent in Bahamian cuisine. He will circumnavigate the globe with wines to show you some strategic choices you can make when pairing wine and fresh seafood. Chefs Eric Williams from Cleveland and Michael Blackie from Ottawa will cook up plenty of spicy seafood.

Among the exclusive wines for this session are Reverdy Sancerre, Javillier Meursault “Cromin,” Grgich Hille Fume, Bellbird Pinot Gris, Graziano Lambrusco* paired with seared scallop with roasted corn and coconut, lobster vanilla beurre blanc, poached hog snapper, blackened tuna, salmon with carmelized onion and red wine jam, and crab cake with pineapple avocado and chayote.

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* wines are subject to change.


Devour! The Beach is produced by a by a small team of culinary event professionals led by Executive Director, Michael Howell, and Managing Director, Lia Rinaldo.  The team currently produces Devour! The Food Film Fest. It is an internationally recognized food, wine and film festival that takes place annually in November in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. The third edition of the event just wrapped, engaging films from the global community, celebrity chefs, Hollywood actors and directors across multiple food and wine events over a five-day period. Attendance doubled to 4,000 people and box office sales tripled over the previous edition. The event garnered serious attention from the world’s top media with over 100 hits across all formats including multiple stories in The Hollywood Reporter and Screen International, as well as mentions in Saveur Magazine, The Daily Meal and Reader’s Digest.

Devour! The Beach is an extension of this flourishing brand into the Caribbean.


With an enviable location, the Green Turtle Club is centrally located to be within a short golf cart commute of town and it is the only resort on Green Turtle Cay within an easy walk (less than 10 minutes) from the breathtaking beaches on the Atlantic side of the Cay. Established in 1964, the Resort and Marina were designed and built to be in harmony with the colonial charm of Green Turtle Cay and the Loyalist settlement of New Plymouth. Honoring the tradition of old English-Bahamian hospitality, the Club offers a quality of service and attention to detail that is no longer commonplace, finding a perfect combination of Out Island relaxation and sophisticated comfort. Green Turtle Cay offers myriad opportunities for water-based activities: world class diving, bone-fishing and exciting game fishing.




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