Magherafelt men Paul Devlin and Adam Burgess from Church Street Restaurant in the town, rubbed shoulders with Hollywood star Sam Neill last week.
Sam Neill, who hails from Omagh in County Tyrone, has starred in more than 60 films including Jurassic Park, Omen III and The Piano as well as numerous television series such as The Tudors and Peaky Blinders but more recently he has been putting in star performances as a winemaker.
Under his Two Paddocks brand Sam Neill produces award-winning Pinot Noir and Riesling wines at his winery in the Central Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island.
Portadown-based Robb Brothers Wine Merchants, who are the Northern Ireland distributor of Neill’s wines, organised a two-day promotional wine tour taking in a number of wine signings and dinner dates as part of the Hollywood movie star’s fleeting visit back home.
“The timing has been perfect,” explained Charles Robb, Director of Robb Brothers Wine Merchants.
“Sam has just received two gold medals at the International Wine Challenge 2014 in London, one for his First Paddock Pinot Noir 2010 and the other for his Last Chance Pinot Noir 2010, which was also awarded a regional trophy.
“His wines are excellent and we are obviously delighted to have them amongst our portfolio.
“As a company we represent more than 450 wines from around the world and the latest consignment from Sam’s Two Paddocks winery is up there with the best of them.”
As part of the tour Sam Neill participated in the official opening of Yellow Door’s latest restaurant at the Belfast Furniture Mall on the Boucher Road in Belfast and took part in dinner events at The Graze and The Ivory restaurants in Belfast and Armagh Rugby Club as well as visiting a number of other clients of Robb Brothers Wine Merchants.