21st July – 27th July 2014

Monday 21st July

  • Fondue Night at Milk the Cow (1/157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda) - Join Milk the Cow for a night in the Alps as we delve into the warm, gooey heart of cheese fondue. Be greeted with a warming Gluhwein and experience a guided tasting of traditional European cheeses before the cheesemongers divulge the secrets to making a sensational cheese fondue by melting them all together using their signature recipe. Finish by gorging yourself on a freshly made individual fondue pot. Heavenly. Tickets are $38 per person and can be booked online here.

Tuesday 22nd July 

  • Cotes De Beaune Burgundian Wine Evening at The Tasting Table (second session) (1219 High St, Armadale) - Stretching from the town of Beaune to Nuits-Saint-Georges the Côte de Beaune lies in the South of Burgundy and the Côte d’Or. With a wealth of reds (Pinot Noir) and whites (Chardonnay) there are some truly fantastic wines produced here, with villages providing some beautifully delicate and perfumed Pinot’s at relatively good prices in comparison to the rest of Burgundy, it’s definitely worth exploring. Then there’s the illustrious white communes to excite all those Chardonnay lovers out there. If you love Burgundy, Pinot Noir or Chardonnay this is an evening to get involved in. There’ll be 8 wines to taste on the nights all matched to delicious artisan cheese and meat boards. Tickets are $40 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Pegasus Bay Tasting with Ed Donaldson at Prince Wine Store (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) – Prince Wine Store are delighted to welcome Ed Donaldson of Pegasus Bay to the store to show the newest releases from this iconic Canterbury producer. This tasting will feature all the current releases from Pegasus Bay and sister producer Main Divide. This tasting will include the reserve range of exquisite sweet rieslings. This tasting is free but bookings need to be made online here.
  • Pei’s Pop Up Series Dinners Presents a Feast from the Ottoman Empire (45 Collins St, Melbourne) – Coskun Uysal, Executive Chef of the House Café Group is joining Pei Modern from Istanbul to cook dishes inspired by his Mother Land. With Istanbul and Turkey the flavour of the year for travel, food and buzz it’ll be great fun, informative and delicious! Dinner is $90 a head and yo can book via reservation@peimodern.com.au or by phone on 9654 8545.

Wednesday 23rd July 

  • Cotes De Beaune Burgundian Wine Evening at The Tasting Table (1219 High St, Armadale) - Stretching from the town of Beaune to Nuits-Saint-Georges the Côte de Beaune lies in the South of Burgundy and the Côte d’Or. With a wealth of reds (Pinot Noir) and whites (Chardonnay) there are some truly fantastic wines produced here, with villages providing some beautifully delicate and perfumed Pinot’s at relatively good prices in comparison to the rest of Burgundy, it’s definitely worth exploring. Then there’s the illustrious white communes to excite all those Chardonnay lovers out there. If you love Burgundy, Pinot Noir or Chardonnay this is an evening to get involved in. There’ll be 8 wines to taste on the nights all matched to delicious artisan cheese and meat boards. Tickets are $40 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Oyster Frenzy at The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra) - The Oyster Frenzy returns in 2014 bigger and better than the last with live entertainment to keep you entertained and an indulgent evening filled with fine food and wine! Unlimited Oysters with chef’s selection of cold & hot canapes, a glass of Pommery NV on arrival, sparkling, white & red wines plus live jazz music all til late. Tickets are $69 a head and can be booked by calling 9820 7888.
  • Dalwhinnie Wine Dinner at The Smith Hotel (213 High St, Prahran) – Join the Smith team as they host winemaker David Jones from Dalwhinnie Wines for an intimate look at their portfolio of award winning wines. They will be serving up 5 courses matched with 5 classic wines. Dinner is $145 per person and can be booked 9514 2444.
  • Long Shot Community Tasting (727 Collins St, Melbourne) –  Long Shot are proud to be offering world-class, Melbourne made products that use high-quality internationally sourced raw materials, including St Ali coffee beans, Somage teas, Mork hot chocolate and St David’s Dairy milks.. Join Long Shot for a very special tasting of three hot beverages and three exclusive Shaun Quade desserts that have been created specifically for this event. Guests will start the session with a matcha tea ice cream sandwich, served with an expertly brewed green tea from Somage Fine Foods. Then, enjoy a warm rice pudding and lemon tart with a Mork hot chocolate. Last, but by no means least, devour one of Shaun’s divine vanilla canele’s with a St Ali espresso. Tickets are $15 per head, to book, call 03 9252 7979.
  • Shaw + Smith and Tolpuddle Vineyard Tasting with Dan Coward at Harry and Frankie (317 Bay St, Port Melbourne) - Dan will drop in to take you through an exciting range of cool climate Adelaide Hills and Tasmanian wines, as well as showing a couple of benchmark wines that keep the S+S team on their toes. Tasting is $10 a head, no booking required.
  • Henri Giraud Champagne Supper at Toorak Cellars (18 Beatty Ave, Armadale) - Due to the last Henri Giraud Supper selling out almost instantly, and the arrival of a brand new shipment, Toorak Cellars are pleased to announce the encore to the Henri Giraud Champagne Supper, for those who missed out last time or for anyone who wanted to come again! “>Join us for a supper that will see the extremely limited cuvees of Argonne ($475) and Fut De Chene ($230) open together for the first time, alongside a supper prepared by Thierry Cornevin (Bistro Thierry). Tickets to this amazing event are just $50 a head and you can book by emailing sales@toorakcellars.com.au or by calling 9822 2070.

Thursday 24th July 

  • Mountain Goat Beer Showdown at The Alehouse Project (98-100 Lygon St, Brunswick East) - Hosted by the mercurial Mr. Tom ‘Goat’ Delmont along with Co-Founder and Executive Brewer Dave Bonighton and featuring 6 courses matched to 4 seasonal and 2 new release beers (announced closer to the date), including:‘Fancy Pants’ American Amber Ale, India Red Ale, Surefoot Stout and more. Tickets are $85 a head and can be booked via alehouse.project@gmail.com or by calling 9387 1218.
  • Pinot Noir and Friends at The Press Club (72 Flinders St, Melbourne) – The Press Club invite you to be a part of their Pinot Noir and Friends night. Sommelier Marc Esteve Mateu will introduce you to some of his favourite wines from the Pinot Noir family. The wines will be matched to a 5 course dinner prepared by the amazing chefs at Press Club. Dinner is $290 a head and can be booked by calling 9677 9677.
  • Murry’s Medieval Banquet at The Park Hotel (12 Watton St, Werribee) – Join the Park Hotel and Murry’s Brewers for a kingly feast. 4 Course with 4 beers, all accompanied by medieval entertainment. Tickets are limited to just 20 places and are $150 a head. To book, call 9741 1441.
  • Vale Cru Storm Melbourne at The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra) – Come to the Botanical for a free tasting of McLaren Vales’s finest high quality, small batch wine makers. With Brash Higgins, Ulithorne, Samuel’s Gorge &  Bekkers, there’s plenty to choose from. Tasting starts at 5-7pm, RSVP online here.
  • Red Hill Imperial Stout 2014 Launch at The Royston Hotel (12 River St, Richmond) - Join Red Hill head brewer and owner, Dave Golding for the launch of this much sought-after release. With free tastings of the Red Hill Imperial Stout (2014), Barrel Aged Red Hill Imperial Stout (2013), Aged in whisky barrels, Barrel Aged Red Hill Temptation (2013), Aged in chardonnay oak barrel soused in local gin. This is a free event but please express your interest here.

Friday 25th July

  • Vale Cru Mini Mega Festival at Harry and Frankie (317 Bay St, Port Melbourne) - A raiding party of McLaren Vale’s finest invade Melbourne to show off the creativity, collaborations and coolness of one of Australia’s most experimental regions. Join Brash Higgins, Ulithorne, Samuel’s Gorge &  Bekkers for a full frontal sensory assault. Tasting is free and no booking is required.

Saturday 26th July

  • Crawford River Masterclass at The Tasting Table (1219 High St, Armadale) - Crawford River in far South-West Victoria now recognised as the GI of Henty was set up by John and Catherine Thomson back in 1975. Crawford River has long been recognised and celebrated for their Riesling’s and Cabernet Sauvignon’s. Join in for an exciting masterclass hosted by winemaker Belinda herself and taste through a selection of wines including back vintages and see where these wonderful wines will go with time. Whether you enjoy their wines young and fresh or a bit more developed with age there’s certain to be some wines that excite your taste buds. There’ll be 5 wines to taste and winemaker Belinda will be on hand to talk through the wines and all things Crawford River. Tickets are $20 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Christmas in July at Gladioli (14 High St, Inverleigh) – Join Gladioli for a great day out as they celebrate Christmas in July. They are having a 6 course tasting menu for $90 a head with optional matched wines for an additional $40 a head. For bookings, call (03) 5265 1111.
  • Wonderfully Warming Winter Wines at Mezzo (35 Little Bourke St, Melbourne) - For one afternoon you can enjoy the brilliant wines that make winter worthwhile.  There will be a range of savoury Sangiovese, brooding Malbec and textural Tempranillo. Come and  taste some of the best examples of Australian Sangio, Temp and Malbec as well as some appropriate and tasty international examples to set the scene and put it all into context. You will get to talk all things wine with a handful of friendly and knowledgeable producers, importers and Phil Smith of The Wine Depository. Mezzo will be putting on some winter appropriate food to tie it all together in your head. Tickets are $10 a had and can be purchased online here.
  • Grand Afternoon Tea at The Vue Grand (46 Hesse St, Queenscliff)  - A lovely way to spend a winters afternoon. It’s the perfect excuse to sit down with friends for a chat, cup of tea & yummy treats and  the Vue Grand is the perfect venue for this event. Places are $55 per person including a glass of Pimm’s or Sparkling on arrival. To book, call (03) 5258 1544.
  • Christmas in July at Friends of Mine (506 Swan St, Richmond) - That’s right folks it’s Christmas in July time at Friends of Mine!  Join Friends for some fun Christmassy festivities, including 3 scrumptious courses, mulled and house wine and bon bons and tinsel galore! Tickets are $120 a head and can be purchased by calling 9428 7516.
  • Bridge Wine Dinner at Sud Food and Wine (219 King St, Melbourne) – The Bridge owner and winemaker Lindsay Ross in collaboration with Vincenzo Tomaino, owner of Sud, present a 5 course degustation, with 7 matching wines, not to be missed. Dinner is $99 a head and can be booked  9670 8451.

Sunday 27th July

  • Sherry and Winter Food Delights at The Junction Hotel (15 Hall Street, Newport) – As part of the Junction Wine Room series of afternoons, they are pairing different styles of beverages with food to make some unusual and exciting combinations. This month it’s sherry and winter foods, perfect for July. Tickets for this event are $75 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Cheese Fondue and Apfelwein Sunday Session at Prince Wine and Spirits (Cnr Albion and Primrose Sts, Essendon ) - Prince Wine & Spirits and Harper & Blohm have joined forces once again to bring you a new chapter in food and wine matching. The traditions of cheese fondue consumption is as deeply embedded in Swiss culture as the precise keeing of time and the echo of a yodel in the pastures, and we’re celebrating this decadent delight and cleansing refreshment with a cheese fondue and Apfelwein tasting held in-store with importers Elly Buckley of Ciderhaus and Swiss native, Tom Merkli from The Red Cow, importer of the world famous Rolf Beeler artisan Swiss cheese. Their knowledge is matched only by their enthusiasm for talking about this twist on a classic combination. They look forward to seeing you for this great Free Sunday tasting.
  • The Victorian Alps at Union Dining (270-272 Swan St, Richmond) – Join David Ritchie from Delatite Wines as Union Dining celebrate the produce of Victoria’s alpine high country at their next Producer Series lunch. Enjoy a generous six course menu created by chef Nicky, with ingredients sourced from our alpine plains and valleys – perfect for a Winter’s day. Delatite have chosen seven of their finest wines to accompany the food, and you will have a chance to learn about their unique position in Australia’s wine growing arena. Lunch is $85 per person and can be booked by calling 9428 2988.
  • Guest Chef Dinner at The Commoner with Ashley Hicks from Circa (122 Johnston St, Fitzroy) - The Commoner kitchen team will be hosting Guest Chef Ashly Hicks for a cosy mid winter supper celebrating our communal love of good honest produce.  Get a bunch of pals together and join us for this harvest feast. Dinner is $75 a head for 5 courses with wine matches available. To book, call 9415 6876.

11th August – 17th August 2014

Monday 11th August

  • Fondue Night at Milk the Cow (1/157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda) - Join Milk the Cow for a night in the Alps as we delve into the warm, gooey heart of cheese fondue. Be greeted with a warming Gluhwein and experience a guided tasting of traditional European cheeses before the cheesemongers divulge the secrets to making a sensational cheese fondue by melting them all together using their signature recipe. Finish by gorging yourself on a freshly made individual fondue pot. Heavenly. Tickets are $38 per person and can be booked online here.

Tuesday 12th August 

  • Italian Dinner with Guest Chef Pippa Harry at Jorg (203 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North) - Pippa Harry began her apprenticeship at the iconic Melbourne establishment Donovan’s. Working her way around each section, Pippa showed excellent potential and as her ambition grew she went in search of further training, taking her on the next stage of her journey, London. After completing twelve months at Angela Hartnett’s one-Michelin star Italian restaurant Murano, Pippa traveled extensively through Italy, spending the majority of her time in Chianti where she gradually honed her skills. Now returning to Melbourne, Pippa is Sous chef at one of the city’s top new restaurants, Fatto Bar & Cantina as well as taking part in Stage is Set, for young and upcoming chefs showcasing their talent. Dinner is  course with matched wines for $85 a head. To book, call 9482 3002.

Wednesday 13th August

  • An Evening with the Wine Maker at The Langham (1 Southgate Ave, Southbank) - Book your table and indulge in Melba’s signature grazing buffet, while you enhance your experience with an educational mind to mouth, delicious evening as Andrew Koemer of Blue Pyrenees assists you in selecting your perfect pair. He will observe your course selections at the open kitchens and provide you with expert advice, as well as visit you at your table for your critique.Enjoy our talented Melba chef’s specially prepared dishes for the evening as the 100ml pours compliment each culinary delight. Dinner is $115 a head and bookings can be made via rest.res@langhamhotels.com or by phone on 1800 641 107.

Thursday 14th August

  • Across the Ditch Wine Dinner Aus Vs NZ at Ludlow Bar and Restaurant (6 Riverside Quay, Southbank) - Ludlow will be showcasing the best of Australian & New Zealand Wine & Produce at our ‘Across the Ditch’ Wine Dinner. Menu designed by Ludlow Head Chef Sean Pelizzari with guest speakers Hadyn Petricevich from Mezzanine Wines and James Edwards from Thorn-Clarke Winery. Dinner is $100 a head and tickets can be booked on  9699 1676.
  • Coonawarra Roadshow at The Town Hall (90-120 Swanston St, Melbourne) – Get up close and personal with your favourite Coonawarra winemakers during the month of August at the 2014 Coonawarra Wine Tasting Roadshow. This is a rare opportunity to try an impressive range of Coonawarra wines, as they showcase over 100 Coonawarra wines at this celebrated event. With up to 26 Coonawarra wineries represented, visitors will have the opportunity to taste the wines and meet the winemakers and owners behind these famous brands.  Come and visit us this August as we showcase some of the regions finest wines. Tickets are $40 a head and can be purchased online here.

Friday 15th August 

  • Meet the Brewers VIP Dinner at The Cambrian Hotel (200 Arnold St, Bendigo) - Kick off the weekend by enjoying a 3 course meal matched with featured festival beers. Hear from, and take the opportunity to chat with a host of fascinating and knowledgeable special guest speakers from various breweries throughout the night. Dinner is $75 a head and can be purchased online here.

Saturday 16th August 

  • Bendigo on the Hop (various locations around Bendigo) - Bendigo on the Hop is a celebration of Bendigo’s heritage, its amazing venues and Bendigo Beer’s commitment to establish Bendigo as the craft beer capital of regional Australia. It’s a movable event featuring 10 venues over a flat walking course of 1.2km where attendees, holding a Bendigo Beer Passport, meander through historic streets and buildings sampling rare and unique beers from some of Australia’s best breweries. The Passport enables attendees to a free sample of each unique beer on offer, with the option to purchase additional beer tastings. Local produce will be matched to the beers and with live entertainment at each venue, Bendigo On The Hop is sure to be a cruisy, fun and engaging event. Tickets are $45 a head and can be purchased online here.
  • The Alehouse Projects Second Birthday Party (98-100 Lygon St, Brunswick East) – The Alehouse Project is celebrating their second birthday and will be putting it on with beer specials, DJ’s, free canape’s and 7 beers brewed specially for this occasion. Free entry and no need to book, just wander on in and sample some of the amazing beers on tap.

Sunday 17th August

  • Wines of Lebanon Gourmet Lunch at Almazett Lebanese Restaurant (208 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield North) – You are invited to explore the BEST of Lebanon… from their incredible cuisine to their luscious wines. At Almazett Lebanese Restaurant, enjoy six delicious innovative courses with matching wines. With six scrumptious courses, share a 6,000 year old legacy of wine making with modern Lebanese wines with your group of wine lovers. Lunch is 6 courses with 6 wines for $79 a head. YOu can book online here.

4th August – 10th August 2014

Monday 4th August 

  • Micro Mondays at The Public Bar (268 Victoria St, North Melbourne) - Now and then on a Monday night, The Public Bar are going to bring in a micro brewery, give them one of our taps to plug in something seasonal and have them school us in the art of making, drinking and loving beer! They’re super pleased that our very first Micro Monday will be presented by Mountain Goat Beer! They’ll have a real life Goat brewer in to talk about beer including Goat beer tasting. A great chance for you to ask the brewer anything you like about the process, the ingredients, the styles. You’ll also get 5 pots of Goat brew on tap and if ou finish them, you can move to $3 pots and $6 pints for the rest of the session! Mountain Goat will have a selection of Rare Breed and Standard brews available to buy at the end of the session so you can take some Goat home with you. Tickets for Micro Mondays can be purchased for $15 over the bar at The Public Bar.
  • Discover the Cape Mentelle Heritage at No. 8 by John Lawson (Riverside at Crown Casino, Southbank) - With unrivalled winemaking conditions, Cape Mentelle winery has become iconic to the Margaret River region. The ideal combination of maritime climate and ironstone soil has been instrumental in creating elegant, refined and balanced wines- which are celebrated the world over. In celebration of this Executive Chef John Lawson has created a five course menu leaning on his ethos of regionally sourced produce. Dinner is $145 a head and bookings can be made on 9292 5777.
  • Wine Baptisim of Fire Pre-Bottling Tasting and En Primeur Auction at The Savoy Tavern (677 Bouke St, Melbourne) - From three vineyards, six wines have been made by six teams. WBF will hold a pre-bottling tasting and en primeur auction of the 2014 vintage wines to be released in October. Come meet the teams, taste their wines, and give them the thumbs up or thumbs down. It’s wine as a bloodsport. Results of this auction, hosted by Stuart Gregor and Andrew Caillaird MW, will help determine the competition’s winner. The en primeur system of buying wine as futures is popular for great vintages of famous labels where demand is feverish. Therefore, it makes perfect sense for us to do an en primeur auction of our wines harvested in March and to be released in October! Why bother with Bordeaux futures and wait two years, when you can get these wines in two months! Tickets are $10 each and money goes to supporting Second Bite. Buy your ticket online here.

Tuesday 5th August

  • Bar Nacional’s Winter Warmer Workshop (737 Collins St, Melbourne) – At Bar Nacional, they’ve been mak­ing a selec­tion of warm drinks to keep you toasty dur­ing the chilly months and they’re tak­ing an opportunity to share two of their most pop­u­lar, deli­ciously warm­ing recipes with you. In this work­shop you’ll learn how to make a show-​stopping Span­ish Hot Choco­late and a modern-​version of tra­di­tional mulled wine, you’ll get to taste both beverages made as they should be by WEB RG group som­me­lier Jeff Salt and the Bar Nacional kitchen will provide some tapas to enjoy dur­ing the class. The workshop is $15 a head and you can book via info@​barnacional.​com.​au
  • Regional Italian Wine Tasting and Pizza Master Match at The Tuscan Bar (79 Bourke St, Melbourne) - Join in for a lively evening of Italian wine and pizza. The evening will include a tasting of 6 wines from some of Italy’s most famous wine regions, food & wine Master Match & Mismatch segment – together with a tasting of Romagnola pizzas, a brief talk on The History of Pizza – information sheet provided, a wine matching with 6 of Tuscan Bar’s most popular pizza’s, Wine & Pizza Quiz – prize for the most knowledgeable table plus prizes to be won! Your host for the evening will be Anthony Nania, food & wine consultant and wine ambassador. Tickets are $25 a head and can be booked via enquiries@tuscanbar.com.au or by phone on 9671 3322.
  • Tasmania Unbottled at Zinc (Federation Square, Swanston St) – Tasmania Unbottled 2014 offers wine enthusiasts the opportunity to taste more than 100 wines, many of which are rarely seen outside Tasmania, as well as meet the winemakers/vineyards behind the labels. Once again, this year’s event will also feature complementary offerings from Tasmania, including cider and touring attractions from a number of boutique producers. The 45 minute public masterclass, from 6.30pm, will guide participants through some of Tasmania’s top tipples, with wine producers on hand to discuss and present their wines. This is an opportunity to hear directly from the innovative and enthusiastic wine producers who choose to craft outstanding premium wines from the cool island of Tasmania. General entry tickets  are $42.00 per person and can be booked online here.

Wednesday 6th August

  • Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wine Evening at The Tasting Table (1219 High St, Armadale) - Growing grapes using organic or biodynamic methods has become much more popular in Australia over the last 3 years, it’s all about using less chemicals and pesticides and allowing as the French would say the ‘terroir’ to  show through. The Tasting Table have always had a good selection of organic, biodynamic and natural wines in the shop so thought it would be great to showcase them. From Australian producers such as Lucy Margaux to smaller Spanish & Italian vineyards there’s lots of great wines to explore. There’ll be 8 wines to taste on the nights all matched to delicious artisan cheese and meat boards. Tickets are $35 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Saint Crispen’s Truffle Dinner (300 Smith St, Collingwood) - Truffles are one of the finest ingredients in the world. The prized delicacies are only available for a few months a year, so get some in your belly while you can. To celebrate the season, we’re hosting a Truffle Dinner featuring Perigord from Tasmania - the first company to harvest Australian truffles. Dinner will be 5 courses including matched wines and is $190 a head. To book, email info@saintcrispin.com.au or call 9419 2202

Thursday 7th August 

  • Champagne Degustation at Vue de Monde (level 55, 525 Collins St, Melbourne) - Join Champagne Expert, Kyla Kirkpatrick – The Champagne Dame and talented chef Shannon Bennet at Vue de Monde as they create the quintessential champagne degustation dinner with the ‘wine of Kings’ perfectly partnered with each spectacular course – an unmissable event for champagne and food lovers alike. To further highlight the wonderful gastronmic virtues of champagne, this dinner will not only explore the partnership of champagne with cuisine… but to further delight the senses, champagne will be intricately and discerningly interwoven in each course by Shannon Bennet and the Vue de Monde team. Dinner is $320 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Anima Negra: A Taste of Mallorca Island at La Chinesca (71 Collins St, Melbourne) - Made from indigenous grape varities once on the verge of extinction from the Spanish Island of Mallorca, the legendary Anima Negra Winery crafts honest and distinctive wines of the highest quality. These wines are extremely rare.  Anima Negra and La Chinesca would love you to join them for the opportunity to taste these outstanding wines.  Tasting is $45 per head for 7 wines and some light refereshments with wines available to buy on the day. to book, email info@lachinesca.com.au or call 9663 8333.

Friday 8th August 

  • Wagyu Beef, Truffle & Red Wine, Japanese Whisky Night at Northern Lights (102 Smith Street, Collingwood) – Join Northern Light for a night of Wagyu Beef / Truffle & Red Wine / Japanese Whisky.  They invite you to enjoy 6 courses of David Blackmore Wagyu which is highly regarded internationally and considered Australia’s most premium grade Wagyu with and W.A Truffles. Each course will feature a different cut and will be matched with wine and whisky. Dinner is $79 a head and you can book by calling 9416 0698.

Saturday 9th August

  • Pinot and Yum Cha at David’s (4 Cecil Place Prahran) – David’s are laying host to an all you can eat yum cha and Pinot lunch. That’s all the yum cha plus 8 of Australia’s finest Pinot’s on offer. Lunch is $69 a head. For more more details and to book, jump online here.

Sunday 10th August

  • Lindt Excellence Chocolate and Wine Matching at The Park Hyatt (1 Parliament Square, off Parliament Place, Melbourne) – This fun and interactive event features a range of Lindt chocolate from milk, white and dark to the flavour sensations in the Excellence range carefully matched to a stellar line-up of Australian wines with delicious results!This masterclass focuses on: chocolate production and history; the five senses; flavour perception and wine matching principles. You will then have the opportunity to experiment with these principles as you combine an ascending range of wine and chocolates. Tickets are $75 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Witches Falls Wine Lunch at The Grand (333 Burnley St, Richmond) - Join in the fun at The Grand Hotel in Richmond for a magnificent feast and the James Halliday five star rated Witches Falls wines. The perfect Mount Tamborine, Queensland wines. The perfect setting and cuisine in The Grand Hotel. The perfect wine lunch. Plus, rumour has it that the winemaker may actually attend this event! Tickets are $115 a head and can be booked online here.

 

28th July – 3rd August 2014

Monday 28th July

  • IDES at Persillade (150 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne) – This is your chance to have dinner with some of Melbourne’s up and coming new chefs at their once a month pop up restaurant where you can expect a tasting menu made up of six courses and matched wine $150 a head. This month, they are not providing a menu as most of the dishes will be cooked for the first time on the night with the best ingredients available on the day. To book, email Contact@idesevents.com.au
  • Chefs Lunch at Cecconi’s (61 Flinders Lane, Melbourne) - Cecconi’s Flinders Lane founder and owner Olimpia Bortolotto, one of Melbourne’s most respected chefs/restaurateurs, is thrilled to announce a special lunch to be held in conjunction with William Angliss Institute as part of the William Angliss Institute’s Great Chef’s Program. This is the first time in the 21 year history of the William Angliss Institutes Great Chef’s Program that a host chef will produce a Great Chef Program lunch in their own restaurant.  Olimpia Bortolotto, a former student of William Angliss Institute will be welcoming a number of apprentice chefs and hospitality students from William Angliss Institute to work with her at Cecconi’s Flinders Lane. Together they will produce and serve an Italian inspired three course lunch including wine.  The lunch is $75 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Chefs at the Cow: Ben Higgs Wild Oak (157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda) - Chefs at The Cow is a monthly dinner event where Milk the Cow’s expert cheesemongers let some of Melbourne’s best chefs roam free in their 5-metre cheese cabinet to come up with a four course menu featuring our hero ingredient: cheese. This month, they invite Ben Higgs of Wild Oak to create a Modern Australian menu inspired by cheese, featuring flavours of the Yarra Valley. Dinner with matched wine is $120 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Philippe Mouchel, The Charm of Normandy at Epocha (49 Rathdowne Street, Carlton) – Chef Philippe Mouchel takes up residency at Epocha for a series of dinners during the year. Epocha are both humbled and terribly excited to have this grand chef, who cooks from the heart, in our home. They will be  transforming Epocha into a French restaurant for the evening. Philippe’s hometown, Normandy, is the inspiration for their first dinner, a story of seven courses focusing on his career beginnings. Dinner is $135 for 7 courses including matched wines. Book via genevieve@epocha.com.au or by phone on 9036 4949.

Tuesday 29th July

  • Wines of Germany at Estelle (243 High St, Northcote) - Riesling is king in Germany! With a history of making Riesling wine dating back centuries, Estelle are keen to showcase a range of styles from very dry, sweet, and from different regions. They will also showcase German reds such as Blaufrankisch and other rarely seen varieties. Dinner is $150 a head for 5 courses and can be booked via enquiries@estellebarkitchen.com.au.
  • Burgundy Dinner at Taxi (Level 1, Transport Hotel, Fed Square) – Taxi invite you to their exclusive 6 course Burgundy dinner with 8 different wines to sample from the Burgundy region. Tickets are $350 per person and you can book by calling 9660 999.
  • Bar Nacional’s Truffle Degustation (727 Collins St, Melbourne) – To celebrate Bar Nacional’s first truffle season, Alex Drobysz has cre­ated a six course tast­ing menu in his sig­na­ture com­plex yet clean style. The menu is a combination of Alex’s per­sonal appre­ci­a­tion of truf­fles, along­side his skilful use of local ingre­di­ents and con­tem­po­rary cook­ing tech­niques. Fea­tur­ing Australia’s world-​class Stonebarn Truf­fles from Pem­ber­ton, this mod­ern and inven­tive truf­fle menu is a fab­u­lous way to indulge in some of our favourite sea­sonal produce. To sweeten the deal, every group of eight guests to reserve a table at this event will receive a com­pli­men­tary bot­tle of 2009 Cas­tro Ven­tosa ‘Vin­tage’ Men­cia from Bierzo, Spain to match the sig­na­ture Bun­darra Pork main course. Tickets are $125 per person and can be booked via info@barnacional.com.au
  • Whisky Masterclass at Cafe Ciuccio (13 – 15 Gertrude St, Fitzroy) – Cafe Ciuccio are holding a whisky masterclass with none other than David Baker of Bakery Hill. It will be held at 6:30pm and will be $10 a head. After you’re  done in the bottle shop, head next door for their $25 offal tapas special. 5 different pieces of offal tapas, the menu for which changes weekly. I can personally attest that this is indeed an amazing lot of dishes. Call 8488 8150 to book your place.
  • Chilean Dinner at Piqueos (298 Rathdowne St, Carlton North) – Discover the outstanding wines from regions pushing the boundaries of viticultre to the extremes. Join Piqueos for a  4 course dinner with matched wines and guest speaker Stacey Sheppard from Utapped Fine Wines, Specialist South American Importer. Dinner is $120 per person and can be booked via info@piqueos.com.au or by calling 93492777.

Wednesday 30th July

  • Polish Dinner with Head Chef Bryce Bernhardt and sous chef Andrew Gadowski at Jorg (203 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North) - Bryce Bernhardt has a wealth of different cooking styles and genres, that have taken him from one-hat restaurant Libertine, North Melbourne to one-hat restaurant Church Street Enoteca, Richmond. In between spending 5 years travelling around New Zealand and Europe, Bryce returned to Melbourne and teamed up with David Cristiano to open Jorg Restaurant Bar Events. Andrew Gadowski started his apprenticeship along side Phillippe Mouchel at The Brasserie. After a year of learning fine French cuisine, Andrew moved to the iconic Stokehouse, chefing under Anthony Mussaro. Finishing up his apprenticeship at Long Grain with Ben Cooper, Andrew developed a passion for food and learning new cuisines and cooking styles. Dinner is 5 courses with matching wines for $85 a head. Booking can be made by calling 9482 3002.
  • “Favourites” by Gary Mehigan Book Launch ( 64 Sutton Street, North Melbourne) - For four nights only, you can join Gary Mehigan and friends to celebrate the launch of his new and exciting cook book – ‘Favourites’ by Gary Mehigan. Dine with friends for a wonderfully unique dining experience as you share a selection of specially prepared dishes from Gary’s new book. Each guest will enjoy a glass of bubbles and canapés on arrival, a three course sharing menu featuring dishes from Gary’s new book and a personally signed copy of ‘Favourites’ by Gary Mehigan. Dinner is $95 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Green Street Food – Host a Roast (11 Green Street, Healesville) - Given the cold weather and everyone’s love of a good roast, this month Green Street Food are doing a roast dinner with a difference. And to keep that warm feeling going long after dinner is over, they’re donating all profits to the Royal Children’s Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust. Dinner is $65 a head and you can book online here.

Thursday 31st July

  • Oyster Frenzy at Albert Park Hotel (Cnr Montague St and Dundas Place Albert Park) - Sip, slurp, suck and smash your way through the 9th instalment of Melbourne’s longest running all-you-can-eat Oyster Frenzy. With all you can eat oysters, plus seafood canapés, crab, Chandon, wine, beer + cider, it promises to be a great night. I went to the last night in which 18,760 oysters were consummed. Come along and see if you can beat it. Tickets are $75 a head and can be bought by calling 9690 5459.
  • Orient East Taps Out (348 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) - Unless you’ve been hibernating cave-style for the past few months, fellow Melbournians cannot have failed to notice the surge in popularity of Asian food and Craft beer so for one night only, Orient East will be throwing open its doors, firing up its woks and inviting some of the hottest Craft brewers in and out of this great town for an evening of food and beer matches made in heaven. Brewers include, Two birds, Murry’s, Mornington Peninsula and Brookes. Tickets are $35 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Cocktail degustation at Thomas Olive (300 Smith St, Collingwood) –  The head cocktail guy at Thomas Olive is putting together 5 amazing winter cocktails matched to a French inspired menu created by Saint Crispin’s own Joe Grbac. Come and join them for a degustation meal with a twist. The dehustation is $150 per head and can be booked by calling 9419 2202.
  • “Favourites” by Gary Mehigan Book Launch ( 64 Sutton Street, North Melbourne) - For four nights only, you can join Gary Mehigan and friends to celebrate the launch of his new and exciting cook book – ‘Favourites’ by Gary Mehigan. Dine with friends for a wonderfully unique dining experience as you share a selection of specially prepared dishes from Gary’s new book. Each guest will enjoy a glass of bubbles and canapés on arrival, a three course sharing menu featuring dishes from Gary’s new book and a personally signed copy of ‘Favourites’ by Gary Mehigan. Dinner is $95 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Pikes Wine Dinner at The Grand (333 Burnley St, Richmond) - Pikes pride themselves on producing quality handcrafted wines, that reflect vintage, variety and region. The Pike family have been producing quality wine, beer and aerated waters since 1886 it is a family tradition of which we are proud. The Grand is teaming up with Pikes to bring you a 6 course dinner with 8 matching beers/wines. Dinner is $130 a head ($95 if you’re a member of the Grand VIP club), You can book by calling 9429 2530.

Friday 1st August

  • Champagne and Sparkling Masterclass at The Wine Store (133 Queensbridge Rd,Southback) - Join The Wine Store for this very special Champagne and Sparkling Masterclass, featuring top Champagne Houses pitted against other sparkling wines of the world.Learn all about what makes Champagne special and how other famed sparkling producers around the world make their own unique styles of the ultimate celebratory wine. The price is inclusive of 7 wines, tuition and handouts along with gourmet nibbles to match with the wines. Tickets are $75 a head and can be booked online here.
  • “Favourites” by Gary Mehigan Book Launch  ( 64 Sutton Street, North Melbourne) - For four nights only, you can join Gary Mehigan and friends to celebrate the launch of his new and exciting cook book – ‘Favourites’ by Gary Mehigan. Dine with friends for a wonderfully unique dining experience as you share a selection of specially prepared dishes from Gary’s new book. Each guest will enjoy a glass of bubbles and canapés on arrival, a three course sharing menu featuring dishes from Gary’s new book and a personally signed copy of ‘Favourites’ by Gary Mehigan. Dinner is $95 a head and can be booked online here.

Saturday 2nd August

  • Game of Thrones Dinner at Goldmines Hotel (49 – 57 Marong Road, Bendigo) - Experience the delicacies of Westeros in a traditional format at the historic Goldmines Hotel. Dinner includes wine matches and is $99 a head. You can book tickets online here.
  • City Cellar Door at Cumulus Up (45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne) - Running from 12pm on the first Saturday of every month, City Cellar Door will be showcasing wine makers from the a different Victorian wine region, This month it’s the Geelong and Gippsland regions. As a bonus, Cumulus Up will also be roasting a whole pig and offering crispy pork bun rolls. Wine tasting is free with roast pork rolls at $10 a piece.
  • Pinot Tasting at The Tasting Table (1219 High St, Armadale) – It’s time again for the annual in store Pinot Noir tasting with friends of the The Tasting Table. They just love Pinot Noir with it’s diversity of styles and roots in so many of the worlds growing regions it truly is a fantastic grape. If you love Pinot Noir like they do come along and explore all that this marvellous grape has to offer. There’ll be 15+ producers and 30+ Pinot Noirs to taste with a selection of producers in store to answer a fast array of questions regarding this tremendous grape. There will also be farmhouse cheeses and meats to taste to complement the wines, in true providore style. Entry is free but for $10, you can book yourself a Burgundy tasting glass to take home. Book online here.
  • “Favourites” by Gary Mehigan Book Launch ( 64 Sutton Street, North Melbourne) - For four nights only, you can join Gary Mehigan and friends to celebrate the launch of his new and exciting cook book – ‘Favourites’ by Gary Mehigan. Dine with friends for a wonderfully unique dining experience as you share a selection of specially prepared dishes from Gary’s new book. Each guest will enjoy a glass of bubbles and canapés on arrival, a three course sharing menu featuring dishes from Gary’s new book and a personally signed copy of ‘Favourites’ by Gary Mehigan. Dinner is $95 a head and can be booked online here.

Sunday 3rd August

  • The Best of Queensland Wines Lunch at The Grand (333 Burnley St, Richmond) - Queensland wines are somewhat of a unknown to people outside of Queensland. Yet, once they’ve tasted them, they realize just how sensational they truly are.Top Australian Wines has recently sampled many wines from the Queensland area and they discovered a number of absolute gems — wines so perfect in taste, nose, body, and colour, they just had to be featured on this menu. Enjoy 3 courses with matched wines for just $115 a head. Bookings can be made online here.

14th July – 20th July 2014

Monday 14th July

  • Tour De France at The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra) - Celebrate the French Revolution at Botanical with a 5 course degustation that will follow the Peloton through the French countryside; experience regional cuisine from Champagne, Besancon, Grenoble, Carcassonne and then finish in Paris on Le Champs-Elysees! Dinner is $110 per head, $145 with matched wines. To book, call 9820 7888.
  • Bastille Day Dinner at Bistro Vue (430 Lt Collins St, Melbourne) - Head chef extraordinaire Chris Bonello gives you his spin on the legendary nouvelle cuisine of French master, Paul Bocuse. Join Bistro Vue for one enchanted evening through the Loire Valley, Provence to Burgundy. Dinner is $155 per person, tickets can be booked by calling 9691 3838.
  • Bastille Day at Bergerac Restaurant (131 King St, Melbourne) – Bergerac are hosting a magnificent 5 course dinner to celebrate Bastille Day and are inviting you to join them in their festivities. With raffles, french musicians and Can-Can girls, there is something for everyone. Dinner is $85 a000 head and can be booked by calling 9629 2868.
  • French Winter Dinner at Jorg with Guest Chef Florent Gerardin (203 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North) - Florent Gerardin has cooked alongside star chefs Joel Robuchon, Alain Ducasse and Shannon Bennett in a career that has taken him from his home of La Rochelle on the west coast of France, to Paris, Austria, Singapore and now Melbourne. Now head chef of Silo, Florent aims to create a menu that brings the same energetic buzz and impeccable standards as all of these incredible venues, “I strive to match the perfect product with sharp technique and an incredible consistency… everything is on the plate for a reason.” Dinner is 5 courses and is $85 per head including matched wines. To book, call  9482 3002.
  • Bastille Day at Persillade (150 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne) - On Monday 14th July French people everywhere will be celebrating with much frivolité and so will we all at Persillade. Why not come and join in the festivities with us over dinner which will begin at 6:30pm. It will be a four course meal inspired by some of our favourite bistro classics and there will be an optional all French wine match available on the night also. Dinner is $70 a head with an option of matched wines. To view the menu, please click here and to book for this special occasion please 9078 4056.
  • Bastille Day Celebration – Liberate your Palate at Prince Wine Store (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) - The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on the 14 July 1789, as well as the Fête de la Fédération on the 14 July 1790. To celebrate this historic moment in French history and the long reaching consequence for Democracy Prince Wine Store will hold a French Wine, Cheese & Food Expo. there will be over 30 wines on tasting, Champagne en Magnum and Gougers on arrival. Wines on tasting will range from the familiar and famous Bordeaux & Burgundy offerings right through to wines from the Jura, Languedoc, Alsace and a selection of specialist spirits from Cognac & Armagnac. This event will be a true celebration of everything French! Bellota will be running a special classic French Menu for the evening. Tickets are $25 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Bastille Day Dinner at Luxembourg Bistro (2/157 Fitzroy St. St Kilda) – Luxembourg Bistro are offering a french inspired menu for just $65 a head in which they have promised to be opening much Champagne and you can’t get much more French than that, no? To book, call  9525 4488.
  • Bastille Day Classic French Bistro Dinner at Bellota (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) -In celebration of Bastille Day, Bellota will be running a classic French bistro menu for dinner on Monday 14th August. This four course menu is reasonably priced and features classic French cuisine with Champagne and oysters on arrival. The full menu is listed below, but please note bookings are required and they are holding two sittings for dinner. Dinner is $85 a head and you can book by calling 9078 8381.

Tuesday 15th July

  • Thirsty Thurston the Third’s Beer Dinner at Mr & Mrs Howell (173 Sydney Rd, Brunswick) – Come to lunch at Mr & Mrs Howell where they will be putting together 7 International & local beers matched to 7 beer inspired dishes. With guest Geert Hendrix on hand to discuss all things beer. Dinner is $70 a head. Bookings can be made by calling 93810846.
  • Bastille Day “Vive le fromage” Cheese and Wine Workshop at The Tea Room (Melbourne Supper Club, 161 Spring St, Melbourne) - From Napoleon’s failed conquest of Egypt leading to the famous shape of Loire Valley’s Valencay to Louis XVI’s last wish for a taste of Brie de Meaux, we invite you to join us for what will be a romantic and celebratory journey of French cheese and wine. The Cheesemongers, together with the wine team from the City Wine Shop have come up with a selection of 6 cheeses and wines that showcase both the pinnacle of each cheese style and celebrate their joint regional terroir. Guests will be greeted with a complimentary glass of sparkling and a canapé on arrival before resident Cheesemonger, Anthony Femia and a member of the wine team, guide you through the selection of cheese and wine in a fun and informative tasting session. Tickets are $90 a head and can be booked by calling 9654 6657.
  • Truffles at The Estelle (243 High St, Northcote) - Fringe Food is four truffle season old.  Can you believe it? This year sees them back collaborating with Madame Truffles and returning to Estelle. Chef Scott Pickett has designed a four course menu which we will be serving alongside some smashingly fine wines. He’ll be using generous serves of truffles from all over Australia. Fringe Food dinners feature small gatherings, with an educational bent, and access to producers, chefs and sellers. You won’t get a better opportunity to expand your knowledge of Australian truffles this truffle season. Dinner is $130 a head and can be ordered online here.
  • Out of the Box Dinner with Vino Bambino at Syracuse (23 Bank Pl, Melbourne) - Syracuse Restaurant and Wine Bar, in partnership with Vino Bambino, will bring together a truly unique “Outside the Box” experience that will be a one-of-a-kind this year. From their European and internationally-inspired menu, they will be selecting their most popular dishes, the wines will be matched expertly by the talented team at Vino Bambino and by in-house Sommelier. Dinner is $130 a head and can be booked by calling 9670 1777.

Wednesday 16th July 

  • Hump Day Cheese at Allium Feat. Tarrawarra Estate (12-18 Claremont Avenue, Malvern) – Allium Bring you a fun masterclass where you can experience a selection of the world’s top artisan cheeses matched to a beverage theme.  Cheeemonger Laura Lown will tell you fascinating stories about each of the four cheeses and why she has selected them for you to try. This month, they pair cheese with wines from Tarrawarra estate. 4 cheeses matched with 4 wines for $39 per person. To book, call 9576 0356.

Thursday 17th July

  • Best’s of Great Western Dinner at The City Wine Cellar (159 Spring St, Melbourne) - Join the Wine Cellar with winemaker Justin Purser for a sit down dinner matched with back and current vintage rareties, including the Old Vine Pinot Meunier and the sought after Thomson Family Shiraz from this most distinguished and historic of Victorian producers. Our executive chef Ian Curley will be on hand to prepare a delightful 4 course menu to accompany…  An event not to be missed. Dinner is $180 per head and can be booked by calling 9654 6657.
  • Australian Whiskey Masterclass  at Prince Wine Store (Cnr Albion and Primrose Sts, Essendon) - Australian whiskey has come a very long way, in a very short period of time. This masterclass will showcase three distillers at the top of their game; Tasmania’s Hellyer’s Road and Sullivan’s Cove are teaming up with Essendon’s own Starward distillery. We will be joined by the head distillers and brand ambassadors to discuss their journey, inspirations and future projects. Tickets are $40 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Truffle Dinner at No. 8 by John Lawson (Riverside at Crown Casino, Southbank) - No.8 by John Lawson, is celebrating the decadence of Western Australian truffles by introducing a six course showcase menu featuring the rare and elusive ingredient. Matched with carefully selected wines, this indulgent degustation menu (view here) is only available once a year. Dinner is $250 per person, to book, call 9292 5777.
  • Cheese and Chocolate Tasting at the Kelvin Club (14-30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne) - Market leader for premium quality chocolate Lindt and artisan Swiss cheese importer The Red Cow have come together to bring you a unique taste experience where some of the finest Lindt chocolate creations are matched with award winning artisan Swiss raw milk cheese. Celebrate the world of renowned cheese and chocolate from Switzerland with an evening of indulgence and education around a selection of four Red Cow cheeses, four Lindt chocolates and Hendrick’s tenured punch. Tickets are $50 a head and can be purchased online here.
  • Greek Wine Dinner at The Prince Wine Store (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) – Largely unobserved by the rest of the world, Greece has been modernising her wine industry rapidly. There is no shortage of the sort of ambitious, pig-headed wine producers with an international tasting experience keen to prove that Greece too belongs to the dynamic greater world of wine. This masterclass will include the most comprehensive tasting of Xinomavaro ever conducted in Australia. The masterclass will also include a small plate of food to accompany the wines and soften some of the tannins. This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about Greece’s dynamic wine industry. The masterclass is $25 a head and you can book online here.

Friday 18th July

  • Bass and Flinders Gin Masterclass at Wine House (133 Queensbridge St, Southbank) - Delve into the world of Gin! Take home a bottle of Gin specifically to your taste. Hosted by Bob Laing of Bass & Flinders distillery, Red Hill. The Gin experience masterclass is designed to familiarise you to the wonderful world of Gin production, where we explore the exotic botanicals used in Gin production and how these effect the flavour of Gin. The Gin masterclass comprises of gin tastings, fruit and cheese board, classes on gin production plus a bottle of Gin designed by you. Classes are $140 each and you can book online here.
  • Moorooduc Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Dinner with Kate & Richard McIntyre at Prince Wine Store (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) – The Prince Wine Store are excited to welcome Kate McIntyre MW & Dr Richard McIntyre  to launch the long awaited Moorooduc 2012 Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs. Kate and Richard are long time friends and supporters of Prince Wine Store and this dinner will feature three brackets of Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs from Moorooduc, each of the 2012 new releases paired with museum releases direct from Moorooduc Estate. This is a fantastic opportunity to examine the evolution of these beautifully crafted pinot noirs from the Peninsula. Dinner is $95 and you can book online here.

Saturday 19th July 

  • The Ultimate Wine Tasting and Barbecue at The Commercial Club Hotel (344 Nicholson St, Fitzroy) - Join Burn City Smokers and Moor st wines for an afternoon of Icon wines and BBQ  goodness in Fiztroy. There will be lots of meaty goodness from the team at Burn City Smokers, there will even be salad plus wine tastings from some of Australia’s greatest wineries. Tickets are $55 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Taste and Tipple: Gnochette Masterclass (23-25 Hardware St, Melbourne) - Head Chef, Danny Singh, steps out of the kitchen to teach you how to make the perfect Italian gnocchetti. Learn his tricks of the trade and get hands-on experience preparing your own hand-made pasta. The class includes a glass of sparkling wine, take home recipe, a sample of gnocchetti that Danny will prepare and your very own pasta to take home! Tickets are $30 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Premium Red Wines of Australia at Wine House (133 Queensbridge St, Southbank) - Warm up your Saturday afternoon with this tasting of great Aussie reds. Learn about the grape varieties, their history and characteristics as well as regional differences. This tasting is a guide through six premium examples of Australia’s most revered varieties including what to watch out for in the future. The course cost is $65 and includes wine, handouts and gourmet nibbles. You can book online here.
  • Tulloch Wine Lunch at Spring Street Grocer (161 Spring St, Melbourne) - Lunch in a private underground cellar, catered by the team at The European, surrounded by a sea of cheeses & wine. 4 courses with wine matched form the Tulloch Wine range (menu here). Lunch is $180 per person. Book via rowena@keithtullochwine.com.au or call 02 4998 7500.
  • Introduction to Affinage at The Spring St Grocers (157 Spring St, Melbourne) - Like the ageing of wine, but in a slightly more accelerated format – cheese gains different textures, aromas and layers of flavour if it’s cared for properly and kept in appropriate conditions. Spring St Grocers have got the luxury of specific rooms for storing their cheeses, that are kept at different temperature and humidity levels that are optimum for encouraging those changes in particular cheese styles. This allows us to release cheeses for sale only when they have gained this additional complexity. this course showcases four cheeses at their young age before they enter the caves and then at their ideal character. It’s a fascinating experience that will really open your eyes to the full potential of each cheese showcased here at the Spring Street Cheese Cellar. Tickets are $30 a person and can be booked on 9654 6657.
  • Damo Presents: Mountain Dog at The Terminus Hotel (492 Queens Pde, Clifton Hill) – Damo Lyons is hosting a fortnightly beer talk at the Terminus Hotel and the Royston,  offering an insight into the world of craft brewers in Melbourne and abroad. It will feature free tastings of upcoming/limited edition beers, a talk by the brewers and a relaxed environment for you to ask any question you might have. This fortnights tasting takes place at the Terminus Hotel and will feature Dave Bonighton from Mountain Goat and Karl Van Buuren from Moon Dog Brewery. Session starts at 4.00 pm and is free to get along to. Check out the info on their facebook event’s page here.
  • MMK Superfood High Tea in Blampied (3530 Midland Highway, Blampied) – It’s a My Mother’s Kitchen Special Event, introducing TV presenter & MKR runner up “Lee Chan” & The Superfood Cooking Coach “Jet Tranter” who will be teaming up to prepare a gourmet spread of sweets, savories, teas, tonics and vegan options for the MMK superfood high tea event. Embracing gourmet culture & chi harnessing superfoods where all treats are gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, all natural and preservative free.  Enjoy an indulgent weekend full of nourishing delectables & go home feeling revitalized! Or choose to stay the night in one of the cozy African tents and join in for a casual BBQ dinner. Tickets are $45 per person – (high-tea only) or$95 – Full package – High-tea, Bed & breakfast. To book, email  info@mymotherskitchen.com.au
  • Beer and Food Pairing at The Royal George Hotel (24 Piper St, Kyneton) - Five amazing beers from Blackheart Brewery paired with five matching courses prepared by our head Chef Dave Robson. The beers include a keg of Blackheart’s Eis Weizien Bock, and will end with a Russian Imperial Stout finishing out our celebration of all things winter.Robin Brown, Blackheart’s head brewer and owner will be there personally to guide us through this amazing voyage into his trove of wintery beer delights. Note a wine option will be available for those that are not interested in the beer. Tickets are $75 online or $85 at the door. You can purchase tickets online here.
  • Danish Beer Tasting at The Gertrude (148 Gertrude St, Fitzroy) - There can be few finer ways to spend a Saturday afternoon (at least if you’re a beer lover) than at one of Melbourne’e finest pubs in the company of one the city’s most engaging hosts. The combination of Fitzroy’s Gertrude Hotel and beer sensei Miro Bellini is an intoxicating one. For $20 you get a tasting paddle of Danish beers plus a chance to soak in all Miro’s knowledge on the subject. No bookings needed, just turn up at 3.00pm, ready to learn.

Sunday 20th July

  • Hungarian Goulash Wine Lunch at the Budapest Restaurant and Palinka Bar (273 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick) - Authentic Hungarian Goulash paired with specially selected boutique wines. At this Hungarian Goulash Wine Lunch, you’ll savour the flavours of Southeastern Europe while imbibing on 7 of Top Australian Wines best. Tickets to this lunch are $65 a head and can be booked online here.
  • St. Hallett Blackwell Experience at Left Bank (1 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank) -Join Left Bank for the St Hallett experience with a four course lunch including wines specifically matched to the chef custom dishes (menu here). Lunch is $95 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Sunday Sessions at Champions Bistro Vol 1: Truffles (37a Springs Rd, Clayton South) – Find yourself in an indulgent paradise with the first volume in Champions Bistro Sunday sessions. The star of No. 1 is truffles with the whole lunch dedicated to this delicious fungi. The 5 course tasting menu is $95 a head plus an additional $50 for matched wines. To book, call  9544 9929.