Belfast Telegraph

Jurassic Park star Neill launches wine range at Ulster restaurant

Whiteabbey bar-restaurant Bureau By The Lough, which this week won 3 categories in the regional Pubs of Ulster ‘Pub of The Year Awards’, is set for record wine sales with the addition of a new star product to its shelves - and a visit by major Hollywood star Sam Neill to launch it.

Two Paddocks is the acclaimed wine range produced by the Omagh-born star of box office hits such as Jurassic Park and The Piano as well as 2013 releases Mariah Mundi & The Midas Box, at his artisan winery in New Zealand’s Central Otago region. Bureau By The Lough is the first bar-restaurant in Ireland to list the wine and its sister business, The Light House Wine Store also in Whiteabbey, one of the first off-licences to retail it.

Neill flew in to launch the wines personally at a special tasting lunch at Bureau By The Lough. Among the wines sampled was his Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2010, also an award-winner this week, when it picked up outstanding gold medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition!

Addressing the ‘full house’ of wine enthusiasts and film buffs alike, Sam Neill said that he was delighted to launch his own wines in Ireland and commented that the “The view from Bureau By The Lough’s restaurant window has to be among the best in the world!”

“It’s a proud milestone for Sam Neill to come back to launch his wines into his ‘home’ market and we are delighted to be the very first stop in his whirlwind tour of Ireland. Essentially, he’ll pour the very first drop of his own wine on ‘home’ soil here with us at Bureau By The Lough which is a terrific endorsement for us and a once-in-a-lifetime occasion for customers and Whiteabbey,” said owner Damien Curran.

“As a business, listing Two Paddocks is about tapping directly in to what our customers want. As an independent off-licence, it’s difficult to compete with the multiples’ promotional tactics. So, alongside trying to break down the myth that supermarkets are always cheaper, our strategy is to capitalise on our independence to source diverse, interesting, quality-led wines at great prices. Sam Neill’s award-winning wines fit that profile exactly. Customers are hugely excited about their arrival and we expect them to drive sales in both our restaurant and off-licence.”

Belfast Telegraph