The Hotel TerraVina Blog

Hotel TerraVina has great cause for celebration…..

It is of course very difficult to give gifts to people who have everything and I always think that men are trickier than women to buy presents for….. thus since Gerard’s fantastic win at the Sommelier World Championships last year, I had been thinking of what congratulatory gift to give him…….well after a year of behind the scenes preparation and with the help of a number of great supporters who endorsed the nomination (huge thanks to them all) and the amazing hard work of Charlotte Heath Bullock- I couldn’t have done it without her, the secret is out! My  congratulations “gift” to Gerard, my very special, very talented and (only sometimes infuriating) husband was to nominate him for an honour from the Queen and on Saturday 11th June, I was the proudest wife in town, when in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List it was announced that Gerard had indeed been awarded an OBE, for services to the Hospitality Industry.

Whilst I know I am biased, I think Gerard truly deserved such an accolade and I am thrilled that it has been bestowed upon him…. But what has been heart warming and indeed overwhelming is the warmth and huge number of congratulations that we have received since Saturday. There have been hundreds of e mails, tweets, Facebook messages, text messages and phone calls- flowers have arrived and messages from every corner of the globe and so it is with great pride and an incredible sense of just how loved Gerard is that I realize that his gift has turned out to be so much more than the honour of an OBE, but also the strongest indication, (if any were needed) of just what a special, well loved and enormously respected man Gerard is.

Bravo Gerard and believe me when I say, I am so going to have fun shopping for the outfit, the shoes, hat and handbag for the trip to the Palace!

Very many congratulations from Romané and I- we love you very much and are sooooo proud of you. I will have to practice how to curtsey now!

Thank you again to everyone who has sent their congratulations. We have been very touched and greatly appreciate so many kind words.

Till next week


1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (4 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)
This entry was posted in ASI, Current News, Nina's Blog and tagged , , , , .
Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Hotel TerraVina has great cause for celebration…..

  1. Congratulations Gerard, very well deserved. Have a wonderful time at the palace Gerard and Nina. Best Wishes Doug and James x


    • Dear Doug and James

      Many thanks for your kind congratulations- they are much appreciated. I like your blog too! Oscar looks lovely.

      Warmest wishes

      Nina and Gerard


  2. sharon cooper says:

    Martyn and I are delighted to read of Gerards award it is most wondrful.We cannot wait to visit again and enjoy the Terravina’s exclusive hospitality and the great anticipation of a meal from the hands of the head chef and a prospect of seeing Laura again… kindest regards Sharon Cooper


  3. Thank you both so much for your warm congratulations and kind comments- we too are looking forward to welcoming you back to TerraVina. Neil is doing brilliantly well as head chef and you should be very proud of him!

    With warmest wishes

    Nina and Gerard


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Registered Office: Fiander Tovell LLP, Stag Gates House, 63/64 The Avenue, Southampton, Hampshire SO17 1XS, United Kingdom.
Company Number: 600 3856. VAT Number: 900 2668 54.

© 2009 Hotel TerraVina Limited. All rights reserved | Legal | Site Map

Website design by Skyline Advertising
Website management and marketing by Alberghi Marketing