World Gin Day is once again upon us this Saturday 10th June! Bars and distillers have been getting their heads together to educate, intoxicate and most of all, celebrate gin, and while you’re in the midst of a long weekend, why not give in? To help you about your day, I’ve found you some stunning events to cover you from Brunch to Nightcaps…Enjoy!
Making the home town proud, Andrew Marks from The Melbourne Gin Company will be hosting an informal gin breakfast for those who wake up with gin on their minds. Before he came to distillation, Andrew earned his stripes in viticulture. Indulge in marmalade saturated brioche as he discusses his grape based gin. Andrew is also responsible for the bubbles, completing the breakfast trio. $20 per ticket, please call Gin Palace to book on 9654 0533. There are only 20 tickets available so get in quick!
Monday 17th February
- IDES at Persillade (150 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne) – Dinner with some of Melbourne’s up and coming new chefs for only $100 a head for 6 courses, $150 with matched wines. To book, email Contact@idesevents.com.au and do so quickly before the rest of Melbourne work out how amazing this is.
Tuesday 18th February
- Mountadam Wine Dinner at The Grand Hotel (333 Burnley St, Richmond) – Established by wine legend David Wynn in the Eden Valley in 1972, Mountadam Vineyard is one of Australia’s premium Chardonnay produces. Growing and production is overseen by reveered winemaker Con Moshos who had a long and distinguished career making fine wines for celebrated labels such as Petaluma and Mountadam. Con will be showcasing up to 7 of the best that South Australia has to offer. You’ll try some spectacular pre release Mountadam wines & perhaps Con’s reserve bottles from the private cellar? Matched with a 6 Course Italian Feast this event is not to be missed! Dinner is $135 per head or $115 for VIP members. Tickets can be booked by phone on 9429 2530.
- Austrian Riesling Masterclass at Toorak Cellars (18 Beatty Ave, Toorak) – Take a journey around Austria through the eye of the world’s greatest grape: Riesling. Hosted by super-importer and Riesling warrior Patrick Walsh, this masterclass will explore the wines of the Wachau, Kamptal and Kremstal. The wines to be tasted reflect some of our staff’s favorite wines, and make a fine case for why we should all be drinking a lot more Riesling! Tickets are $40 a head and can be booked via email@example.com or by phone on 9822 2070.
Wednesday 19th February
- Loire Valley Wine Evening at The Tasting Table (1219 High St, Armadale) – The Loire Valley in the North West of France is most commonly known for the region of Sancerre but there’s a lot more to wine in this area than that. With neighbouring sub-regions Pouilly Fume, Vouvray, Chinon and Muscadet to name just a few, making some fantastic whites and reds there’s an incredible amount to explore. Join us for an evening where we’ll delve into the various sub-regions and learn about Loire’s different grape varietals from Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc to Sauvignon Blanc and a whole host of others in between. There’s 8 wines to taste all matched to artisan cheese and meat boards. Places are $35 a head and can be bought here.
- Limestone and Wine at Harry and Frankie (317 Bay St, Port Melbourne) – This is an opportunity to investigate limestone’s relationship with many great wines of the world in a relaxed format. A four course shared meal will be accompanied by a variety of wines from around the world. Harry & Frankie encourages all those new to wine, and those more experienced, to come along – often the best way of learning is by osmosis. Bookings are essential & will be capped at 16 people. $100 per person. Bookings can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org
- Eau de Vie Appreciation Society – A Taste of the Sea (1 Malthouse Ln, Melbourne) – Eau de Vie will be welcoming the infamous Jez from West Winds Gin to host the first EDV Appreciation Society for the year, on Tuesday 18th February from 7-9pm. The theme this round is ‘A Taste of the Sea’. Hear the history of gin & tales behind it’s association with the ocean, whilst enjoying delicious West Winds Gin, West Winds cocktails and fresh seafood prepared by the Eau-de-Vie kitchen. Tickets at $70 pp, don’t miss this one! To book email Eau de Vie on email@example.com
- Tariquet Armagnac Masterclass with Florence Boucheron at The Prince Wine Store (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) – Domaine Tariquet is one of the largest and most successful Armagnac producers. Of the 800 Armagnac producers only several hundred bottle their Armagnac, the others sell their brandy to négociants, who buy in bulk for resale, and of these only a handful sell in commercial quantities. Armagnac producers don’t come much bigger than Domaine du Tariquet. The success of this family owned winery and distillery is largely due to the trailblazing action of Yves Grassa, who re-wrote the rule book for Argamnac producers in the 1980’s. Join Export manager for Asia Pacific Florence Boucheron for an informal masterclass and discussion of the Domaine Tariquet Armagnacs. Tickets are $30 a head and can be booked online here.
Thursday 20th February
- The Gin Queen Presents an Australian Gin Tasting at The Honey Bar (345 Claradon St, South Melbourne) – Join The Gin Queen (theginqueen.com) and special guests from Bass & Flinders Distillery, Four Pillars Gin, The Melbourne Gin Company and The West Winds Gin. Learn about gin and how local producers are creating artisan brands right on our doorstep. Tickets are $25 each and includes 4 x 15 ml tasters plus a taster of each gin’s signature cocktail. Tickets can be booked online here.
- United Cellar Masterclass at Epocha (49 Rathdown St, Carlton) – Summer of Riesling is hosting an exclusive Masterclass in the private dining room at Epocha. They are offering 12 outstanding examples of Riesling from all different parts of the world. There will be four separate flights with 3 tastings each, all complemented with tasting dishes by the experts at Epocha. Tickets are $190 a head and you can book on 1300 226 835.
- ‘Beer Make Cent Dog’ Degustation Dinner at The Alehouse Project (98-100 Lygon St, Brunswick East) – Join the Head Brewers from 7 cent Brewery, Make Beer and Moon Dog Craft Brewery for a 6 course Degustation Dinner matched with their beers from the Craft Beer Rising event. Dinner is $85 a head and can be booked by phone on 9387 1218.
Saturday 22nd February
- Apollo Bay Seafood Festival (Apollo Bay Foreshore, Apollo Bay) – Seafood lovers, mark Saturday 22 February 2014 in your diary and grab your family, friends and picnic rug and head on down to Apollo Bay for the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival. A free fun day out for all! The day kicks off from 10.00am with cooking demonstrations, live music from artists featured at the Apollo Bay Music Festival, roving performers, a farmer’s market featuring local produce, wine, beer and of course – seafood in abundance!
- Craft Beer Rising (everywhere) – Craft Beer Rising is a day to celebrate Australian Craft Beer in Australian hotels. The varity of events are huge from tap take overs to discounts and specialty food, games of cricket to tasting paddles. For information on what’s happening in your area, and there are events happening all around the country, go to the Craft Beer Rising web site here.
- Helm Tasting at Rathdowne Cellars (348 Rathdowne Street North Carlton) – Drop in between 2-4pm and taste through Ken Helm’s brilliant range of wines. Ken is considered one of Australia’s finest Riesling producers, but he also producers a smart Cabernet on a few of his special blocks up in Canberra. If we play our cards right, there might be a back vintage wine on show too. This is a free tasting.
Sunday 23rd February
- Rose and Pinot Noir Yum Cha at David’s (4 Cecil St, Prahran) – China is all about traditions. And their tradition of afternoons spent drinking tea and enjoying dim sum dishes is one that is difficult to improve upon. That is until you offer all-you-can-eat dim sum AND combine that never-ending meal with 9 delicious wines including Rose wines and Pinot Noirs. Lunch is $69 per person and can be booked online here.
- Provence Lunch at Union Dining (270 – 272 Swan Street, Richmond) – To again celebrate the regions of Europe, Union Dining will be holding a Provincial Lunch with a regional theme. The Provence themed lunch will focus on dishes from the province of southeastern France. There will be offering of four entrees, main course and dessert. All of this for $60. To book, call 9428 2988 and as always, dietary requirements can be catered for.