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Newly Honoured by Wine Spectator, Vakkaru Maldives’ Wine Cellar Vakkaru Reserve Welcomes Its Head Sommelier

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Baa Atoll, Republic of Maldives, 9 January 2021 – At Vakkaru Maldives, oenophiles will find  there’s no better place to toast the start of 2021 than in Vakkaru Reserve. Fresh from winning a  major accolade from the American magazine Wine Spectator, with a new head sommelier in  

place and showcasing a number of fresh new initiatives, the resort’s wine cellar will be a focal  point for special wine and dine experiences throughout the year.  

Originally from Argentina and a mixologist and sommelier who has worked at luxury hotels and  fine dining restaurants worldwide, Vakkaru Maldives’ new Head Sommelier Lucas Girod will  have overall responsibility for the cellar’s $500,000 collection. Extending to 520 labels, it runs  from old world to new world wines, and features rare vintages such as 1974 and 1985 Château  Cheval Blanc, 2002 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut, 2002 Krug Clos du Mesnil and 2009 Louis  Roederer Cristal Rosé, alongside1990 Sassicala, 2002 Chateau d’Yquem and Tiganello  vintages running from 2006 to 2014. 

It was the diversity and sophistication of the collection that prompted Wine Spectator to extend  its Best of Award of Excellence to Vakkaru Reserve in the magazine’s most recent Restaurant  Awards. The awards recognise the achievements of nearly 3,800 restaurants across 80  countries and territories, with the coveted Best of Award of Excellence designations specifically  celebrating venues “for serious wine lovers, that show a deep commitment to wine, both in the  cellar and through their service team”. In what is one of the most comprehensive global  surveys of its kind, Vakkaru is one of only 10 resorts in the Maldives and 1,387 venues  internationally to hold the honour. This is the first year Vakkaru Reserve joined this prestigious  list, making it one of only two resorts in the Maldives and 139 new entries to be elevated to that  position within the last year.  

The award is the latest affirmation of the ambitious steps being taken by Vakkaru to build one  of the Indian Ocean’s most unique and notable wine cellars and guests keen to experience  what makes the Reserve so special will find a number of new experiences. Under Girod’s  stewardship, Wine Tasting in the Sea sessions will invite guests to dip enjoy a relaxed,  barefoot outdoor tasting immersed in the beauty of the resort’s lagoon. More uniquely  Maldivian memories can be made during intimate tasting sessions on a sandbank, where  intriguing wines will be juxtaposed with the calm beauty of the Indian Ocean.  

For true wine connoisseurs, Top Wines of the World tastings will see Girod introduce premier  crus from Bordeaux & Burgundy and a selection of Brunellos and Barolos alongside a range of 

top new world vintages, all to be served with fine cheeses and premium cold cuts. Those  launches will complement the indulgent experiences already offered at Vakkaru Reserve,  where the resort’s best wines are left tantalisingly on display. The wine cellar accommodates  up to 10 guests at its indoor seating area for intimate dinners. Encased by palm trees and  beautifully illuminated by candlelight as darkness falls, the outdoor dining table seats eight and  is a popular meeting place for friends who want to sample Vakkaru Reserve’s cigar collection  alongside its wines.  

Whether enjoyed inside or out, decadent dinners at Vakkaru Reserve might feature Maldivian  lobster terrine to start, and a mains of fillet mignon and foie gras with honey mustard  vegetables accompanied by a flight of champagne and different styles of wines. Should guests  simply want to drop in to casually sample whatever might take their fancy, that too can be  arranged. 

Speaking about his new position, Lucas Girod said: “It’s incredibly exciting to join Vakkaru  Maldives, where the resort’s $500,000 investment in exceptional international wines and the  recent Wine Spectator award show just how seriously the team takes the pleasures of eating  and drinking. This is one of the finest wine collections to be found in the Indian Ocean and I’m  looking forward to sharing it in new and creative ways with all those who come to visit us. 

General Manager of Vakkaru Maldives, Iain McCormack said: “We are delighted to welcome  Lucas Girod as Vakkaru Maldives’ Head Sommelier. Offering superlative drinking and dining  experiences has always been a priority for all of us here, and it is a passion that he shares. We  look forward to giving Vakkaru Reserve guests plenty of reason to cheer good times and good  fortune over the months to come.” 

For reservations and general information, please visit vakkarumaldives.com or contact reservations@vakkarumaldives.com. For real-time updates, connect with us on Facebook facebook.com/vakkarumaldives, Instagram @vakkarumaldives and Twitter @vakkarumaldives 

About Vakkaru Maldives 

Nestled in Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Vakkaru Maldives is a timeless sanctuary  intuitively designed for guests seeking unassuming luxury and cherishable experiences. A scenic 30- minute seaplane journey from Male International Airport takes you to this secluded reef island blessed  with timeless ocean views, powder-soft white sand beaches, unique deep blue holes and spectacular  marine biodiversity. The 113 beautifully-appointed Over Water and Beach Villas are elegantly designed  to respect the surrounding tropical nature and Maldivian charms. Additionally, indulgent dining choices,  an award-winning wine cellar, as well as curated leisure activities and amenities create enriched  experiences for everyone. 

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