Napier's famous Art Deco Festival, held each year in February, has now got a wine to go with it -- a bubbly that captures exactly the spirit of the of the 1930s when Hawke's Bay's beautiful port city was virtually destroyed by an earthquake and rebuilt in art deco, the architectural style of the time.
The city now attracts thousands of visitors every year, many of them to a week-long festival that re-lives the days of the Great Gatsby and all the glamour that went with them -- bubbles included.
Hence the launch this week by Sileni Estates of a limited edition wine called Art Deco Sparkling in .
a snazzy black and gold bottle decorated with the bold, geometric patterns that characterise art deco.The wine? It's Hawke's Bay in a bottle -- lively with plenty of stonefruit and it's made from pinot gris. It is generally available and costs $25 a bottle.
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