Perfect blend of art, food and wine

January saw the highly versatile artist Avril Ward display some of her latest work, with lively pieces and her clever use of ‘spontaneous’ paint splashes now something of a trademark in her work.

Tortuga Liquors’ monthly art food and wine evenings, held at their Governor’s Square location, have proved to be a hit with those who enjoy great art as well as some well priced and varied wines.

Wines were from France and included Moulin de Gassac Figaro Rouge and Figaro Rosé, with Mise en Place Professional Catering providing the appetisers.

February highlighted the work of Dora Williams, another perennial favourite artist in Cayman. Her trademark huge floral pieces were interlaced with more avant garde pieces such as her splintered and intriguing self portrait. Wine lovers headed due south for the wines, which included three classics (Sauvignon Blanc, Carmenere and Merlot) from Chile, all by the Viña Echeverria family-owned winery, located in the outskirts of Molina in the Curicó Valley in the heartland of Chie’s winemaking country. At Viña Echeverria they practice precision viticulture, which means a close collaboration between the winemaker and viticulturalist and close attention to each and every vine. Grapes are all handpicked and handled with the utmost of care during state-of-the-art processing. Wines are produced in five different styles – Valle Dorado, Classic, Reserva, Family Reserva and Special Selection. Wine lovers tried wines from the Classic selection this month. Appetisers provided by The Dog House.

Stan Matwychuk was the featured artist at Tortuga’s March Art, food and wine tasting event. Stan’s ethereal pieces packed a colourful punch and were well received by those who attended the event. The wine selection was again from France: Jeff Carrel Morillon Blanc 2004, Jeff Carrel Saint Genis Rouge 2001, Barbier Les Terres Sales Blanc 2003 and Barbier Les Terres Sales Rouge 2002. Appetisers this time were provided by The Brick House.

Monique Hamaty-Simmonds, Assistant Managing Director of Tortuga Rum Company, whose father founded the company 25 years ago says: “The March event was another delightful evening bringing together people from throughout the community as well as island visitors. The Saint Genis Rouge was a big hit. We are pleased that so many people look forward to these monthly events.”


Tortuga’s manager Max Consolini with Dora