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Valentines Day 2017

Looking for a special somewhere to take your honey this Valentines day? Well look no further! No matter if you’re into a cocktail flight, a bit of fine dining or a casual feast, Melbourne has something for you and your favourite person. Single? Not that into it? Completely disenchanted? We have things for you as well…Happy Tuesday Lovers!

CBD –  Southbank – NorthSouth – East  – West – Something Different


  • 1806 (169 Exhibition St, Melbourne) – The date night of all date nights, the pressure always mounts on Valentine’s Day. We all know the way to a heart is through the stomach, and nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a candlelit dinner for two at one of Melbourne’s most romantic Cocktail bars in 18o6.  Be spoilt with flowers & Sparkling wine and sit back and enjoy our five course dinner with cocktails. Prices are $150 per person including complimentary sparkling wine. Book online here.
  • Bistro Vue (430 Lt Collins St, Melbourne) – Join Bistro Vue for dinner, a 6 course degustation for just $190 per person with an optional wine match at $100 per person.  Book by calling 9691 3838.
  • Bomba (103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) – Bomba are offering a set menu for Valentine’s Day this year with 4 courses dinner and is $65 a head and you can book by calling 9077 0451.
  • Burma Lane (118 Little Collins Street, Melbourne) – Order the $79 or $89 banquets to enjoy with your loved one or group of friends and receive a complimentary glass of bubbles. To book, call 9615 8500.
  • Eau De Vie (1 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne) – Valentine’s Day is a day to treat yourself and the ones you love. Eau-de-Vie’s intimate atmosphere creates the perfect ambience and setting for this special day. Valentine’s Day at Eau-de-Vie will be a sophisticated and elegant affair, celebrating love, friendship and family. Our exclusive Valentine’s Day dinner includes a beautiful 3-course meal, Champagne on arrival and a shared cocktail for just $90 per person. For all reservations and enquiries please contact Sarah on 0412 825 441 or melbourne@eaudevie.com.au
  • Gazi (2 Exhibition St, Melbourne) – Treat your Valentine to a night to remember at GAZI with the tastiest Greek street food, friendly service and an awesome atmosphere – all under our famous terracotta pots! Gazis special Valentine sharing menu offers 10 delicious dishes, all for $99 per person (excluding drinks). Choose from two dinner sittings – an early two-hour session from 5pm or a later sitting from 8:15pm.  Call (03) 92077444 or email reservations@gazirestaurant.com.au
  • The Grand Hyatt (123 Collins St, Melbourne) – Make a Grand gesture this Valentine’s Day when you book a romantic dinner for two at Collins Kitchen. Enjoy a magical evening while you indulge in a decadent four course dinner complimented by Vranken-Pommery Diamant Brut for $179 a head. The perfect way to say ‘I love you’ For reservations call 9653 4831.
  • The Hotel Lindrum (28 Flinders St, Melbourne) -Looking for a special way to spoil your other half this Valentine’s Day? Hotel Lindrum offers a 5-course Valentine’s Day Dinner in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. The Valentine’s Day Dinner menu includes seasonal fare served in the intimate environment of felt restaurant. Dinner is $130 a head. All guests receive glass of champagne on arrival and a rose to take home Book by calling 9668 1111.
  • The Lui Bar (lvl 55, 500 Collins St, Melbourne) – Bring your date to one of the finest bars in the sky and enjoy a two courses and a canape  for $85 per person, For reservations call 9691 3888.
  • Nieuw Amsterdam (106 – 112 Hardware St, Melbourne) – Treat your special someone to a 3 course lovers feast! Nieuw Amsterdam is hosting an exclusive Valentine days banquet for $75 pp for 3 courses or $110 with paired wines. Expect to see decedent dishes such as the pork & quail terrine, and grilled lamb rump. Email: bookings@nieuwamsterdam.com.auor Call: 9602 2111
  • Pastuso (19 ACDC Lane, Melbourne) – Looking for a lovely place to spend Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you sorted! Enjoy a romantic Peruvian set menu, which includes a glass of Cava on arrival and a decadent dessert @ $100 per person. Book online here.
  • The Press Club (72 Flinders St, Melbourne) – Celebrate the Valentine’s Day in style at The Press Club! Relax in designer ambience, and enjoy our famous Greek hospitality while feasting on a delicious menu created just for this special day. $225, 6 course degustation menu. Early sitting: arrive 6 – 6:30pm (two hours), Late sitting: arrive 8:30 or later. Bookings: (03) 9677 9677 or reservations@thepressclub.com.au
  • Red Spice Road ( 27 McKillop St, Melbourne) – FOn this day of romance, the team will be getting you in the mood for love with our specially crafted Valentine’s Day menu. Suitable for the lovebirds, or a group effort with friends and family – Valentine’s Day at Red Spice Road is going to be a marvelous affair! Menu for $89pp and will include a glass of bubbles or tap beer on arrival. Call (03) 9603 1601 for bookings.
  • Rendezvous Hotel (328 Flinders St, Melbourne) – Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne Straits Cafe is offering a Valentines Day Three Course dinner with bottomless sparkling wine for $89 per person. Book your ticket and see the menu here.
  • Syracuse (23 Bank Pl, Melbourne) – Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Syracuse with an amazing seven course degustation curated by acclaimed Chef Philippa Sibley. On hand for your special evening, our Sommelier, Florian Valieres and his team will guide you to the perfect pair from our extensive beverage list.  Dinner is $95pp or $150 with paired beverages. Call (03) 9670 1777 to secure a reservation.
  • Vamos (37 Little Bourke St, Melbourne) -Come on down to Vamos for a very special Valentine’s Day Event! Vamos have a Flamenco show for you accompanied by a 6 course tapas meal and a delicious chocolate dessert platter! Tickets include one glass of Spanish sparkling upon arrival! Places are limited so book yours now below. Just $140 per couple. Book online here.


  • Bohemian (35 Dukes Walk, South Wharf) – If sangria and Spanish cuisine sound like your ideal date, head down to Bohemian this Valentine’s Day to enjoy a flavoursome three-course meal just like they do in Spain. Available lunch & dinner, devour a tapas platter to share, before choosing out of roasted duck, calamari scallops or lamb neck for main and a cheese selection or trio of desserts to finish. Treat your special someone with a night together sharing Spanish flavours and sparkling city views. $110 per head. Call  9682 0566 to book.
  • Fatto (100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – Head Chef James Kummrow has designed a special menu for you to share this Valentine’s Day. Dine in the beautiful Cantina or sit on the under cover terrace, both with unrivaled City skyline views. Enjoy a 3 course menu includes an Aperol Spritz and features some of the Fatto favourites including Spanner Crab Spaghettini and Chocolate Mousse with Vincotto Strawberries. Call 8698 8800 to book.
  • Left Bank (1 Southbank Blvd, Southbank) – Book a table on the terrace for two and enjoy the sunset on Melbourne’s premier strip Southbank. $95 includes a romantic 3 Course Menu & a glass of Champagne. Book events@leftbankmelbourne.com.au or by phone on 9682 4500.
  • Plus 5 (37 South Wharf Prom, South Wharf) – Treat your partner to a night of champagne, oysters and cheese at one of Melbourne’s most iconic waterfront locations. With a choice of two diverse and delicious grazing packages – Oysters or Cheese – guests won’t be disappointed, as they sip on a glass of G.H Mumm champagne. For an ambient and intimate space to celebrate V-Day a little differently this year, head to Plus 5.  A bottle of G.H Mumm Champagne & Oysters $99 or a bottle of G.H.Mumm Champagne & cheese board $99.
  • Sake (100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank) – Spoil that special someone with lunch or dinner at Saké this Valentines Day. Indulge in a beautiful set menu and glass of Champagne for $110pp. Book online here.


  • The Astor (418 Lygon St, Carlton) – Celebrate with your loved one, while sipping on French Champagne and dining on The Astors excellent modern Australian menu. They are offering four delicious courses and a glass of French Champagne on arrival for $85 a head. Book by calling 9347 7419.
  • Clever Polly’s (313 Victoria St, West Melbourne)  – Want to impress that special someone on Valentine’s Day? Clever Polly are open for dinner from 6pm with our five course menu plus the option to match wines- or choose from the wide selection on our shelves. Call 9077 9294 to book.
  • Hellenic Republic (434 Lygon St, Brunswick East) – Spoil your Valentine with a night to remember at Hellenic Republic! Choose from the al carte menu or treat yourself to one of our delicious banquet options featuring a shared menu of mezethes, mains and desserts. Early sitting: 5:30pm onwards, Late sitting: 8pm onwards. Ph (03) 9381 1222 or email: brunswick@hellenicrepublic.com.au
  • Kumo (152 Lygon St, Brunswick East) – Enjoy a special 7 course dinner at Kumo for Valentine’s Day. Romance your partner amidst the stunning Japanese art-deco inspired dinning room whilst feasting on the sumptuous cuisine for $80 a head. Book by calling 9388 1505.
  • Matteo’s (533 Brunswick St, Nth Fitzroy) – Matteo’s has 3 options to help make your Valentine’s day a little bit special. The first option is a tasting menu with wine which is a set menu of 10 small tasting plates served over 4 courses with matched wines for $250 per head or there is the second option of a 4 course mini al a carte dinner for $130 per head. The last option is a plate of 3 desserts to share per couple, a glass of 2007 Le Tertre du Lys d’Or Sauternes each and Happy Lab Lovers Candy to take away & share available after 9.30pm for $35 a head. Click here to see the full menu online and for bookings, call 9481 1177.
  • Merricote (81 High St, Northcote) – Its almost Valentines Day once again and Merricote will be open for dinner with a five course menu created by Head Chef Matt Binney to enjoy with your loved one. Five courses $120pp, drinks match available or choose from the wine list. Head to our website to book or call 9939 476
  • Panama Dining Room (3/231 Smith St, Fitzroy) -Surprise your partner with a romantically charged evening at the Panama Dining Room this coming Valentines Day. With bubbles on arrival followed by an exquisite 3-course meal. Price is $79 per person. Book online here.
  • Pope Joan (77-79 Nicholson St, Brunswick East) – Grab your Adam or Eve and join us for a lovers feast under the stars this Valentine’s Day as Mr Wilkinson stokes the love pit for a special, romantic summer cookout in our very own Garden of Eden. You can choose your own sensual delights or let Mr Wilkinson wine and dine you till you’re practically throwing your clothes off. There will be plenty of shared dishes of the best seasonal produce; you can caress your lover’s hand as you reach for the next bite To book call Pope Joan on (03) 9388 8858 or email contact@popejoan.com.au.
  • Rumi (116 Lygon st, Brunswick East) – Enjoy an amazing 5 course set dinner with your loved one at Rumi. Dinner is just $69 a head with an optional drinks match . To book, call 9388 8255.
  • Saint Crispin (300 Smith Street, Collingwood) – Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away. Chef Chris Haydon has designed a special five course Valentine’s Day menu that includes a glass of Champagne on arrival.The cost is $150 per person, to book, call on 03 9419 2202 or email info@saintcrispin.com.au.


  • The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra) – Spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day with an indulgent Four Course Set Menu at The Botanical. Reservations are now being taken for two sittings in their stunning Restaurant Dining Room:
    ​7pm or 7.30pm. 4 Course Set Menu for$85 per person, inclusive of a glass of NV Pommery on arrival. Book your place here.
  • Caffe e Cucina (581 Chapel St, South Yarra) – a few days to Valentine’s Day and you haven’t made plans yet? What about some Italian romance to spoil your precious one? The Chef has created a special 3 Course Menu to delight your taste-buds for $115 per person. Call 9827 4139 to book.
  • Circa, The Prince ( 2 Acland St, St Kilda) – Spoil the one your care about this Valentine’s Day with an intimate dinner for two. Held in Circa’s iconic dining room, indulge in five tantalising courses designed to entice your Valentine. Dinner is $110 a head and you can book by calling  9536 1122.
  • Entrecote (131-133 Domain Rd, South Yarra) – Come celebrate your love in true Parisian style. Four course set menu $99.90 a head or Spoil ton chérie with our exclusive balcony tables overlooking the Botanical Gradens and a glass of Perrier-Jouët Belle Époche for $149.90 per head. Call 9804 5468 to book.
  • The Graham (97 Graham St, Port Melbourne) – Join The Graham for Valentine’s Day Dinner. The Graham is the perfect setting We have your Valentine’s Day covered. Great food, friendly service, wonderful atmosphere…. let’s not forget excellent wine selection! Dinner is $120 a head for 4 courses. Call  9676 2566 to book.
  • Jardin Tan (Royal Botanic Gardens, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra) – Share the calendar’s most romantic day in the serene surrounds of Jardin Tan. Ease into the evening with a cocktail as you await the magical Jardin Tan menu offering. Express yourself in an idyllic setting dotted by true French-Vietnamese flavours and visual aesthetics and make this a night to remember. Dinner is $95 a head and can be booked by calling 9021 2111.
  • Morris Jones (163 Chapel St, Windsor) – Spoil your special someone at Morris Jones this Valentines Day. Treat them to 4 course with a glass of sparkling for $110 per person. Call 9533 2055 to book.
  • Tu Restaurant and Bar (41 Toorak Rd, South Yarra) – La Saint Valentin au Tu – come and celebrate St Valentines at Tu. Special set menu with a glass of Pommery for $80 a head.  Lovely intimate dinner for couples, great friends, confirmed singles, the recently dumped, people from countries banned by the US (non alcoholic drinks available 😊) and anyone else that likes amazing French cuisine.
    Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. Call  9867 3725 to book.
  • Woodland House (78 Williams Road, Prahran) – Woodland House are getting romantic with dinner this Valentine’s Day.8 courses of delicious, romance-inducing fine dining – sure to impress the loved one in your world. Dinner is $180 a head. Book by calling 9525 2178.


  • Barnone (72 Auburn Parade, Hawthorn East) – Join Barnone for a romantic evening in Camberwell’s favourite date venue.
    Special offer for the night is a food board for two with two cocktails for $64. Book via eventbrite or call us (03) 9882 1086 to reserve your table.
  • The Grand Hotel (333 Burnley St, Richmond) – The Grand has prepared a romantic dinner for two in the Italian style. with 3 courses for $75 per person and 4 courses for $90 per person (menu here). Book by phone on 9429 2530.
  • Hellenic Republic (26 Cotham Road, Kew) – poil your Valentine with a night to remember at Hellenic Republic! Choose from the alcarte menu or treat yourself to one of our delicious banquet options featuring a shared menu of mezethes, mains and desserts. Early sitting: 5:30pm onwards, Late sitting: 8pm onwards. Call 9207 7477 for bookings.
  • Kritamos Hellenic Cuisine (280 Bridge Rd, Richmond) – the day of love is fast approaching. Book now for a special meal with your special someone. Valentine’s Day banquet- $60pp. Live Greek mellow tones. Complimentary surprise gift upon arrival. Call 9428 2222 to make your reservation.
  • Noir (175 Swan St, Richmond) – Fancy a bit of French for Valentines Day this year?Bring your loved one to Noir for a 3 course dinner for $90 a head.  Call 9428 3585 to book.
  • Salona (260A Swan St, Richmond) – For all you “Food Lovers” out there Salona has the perfect Valentine’s Day planned for you. An 8 course Chef Degustation $69 per head. Call 9429-1460 to book.


  • The Boat House (7 The Boulevard, Moonee Ponds) – Spoil your special someone at The Boat House. Dine on 3 course with a glass of sparkling for just $65 a head. Book by calling 9375 2456
  • Hellenic Hotel (28 Ferguson St, Williamstown) – Spoil your Valentine with a night to remember at Hellenic Republic! Choose from the al carte menu or treat yourself to one of our delicious banquet options featuring a shared menu of mezethes, mains and desserts. Early sitting: 5:30pm onwards, Late sitting: 8pm onwards. Ph: (03) 9393 1000 or email: williamstown@hellenicrepublic.com.au
  • Junction Beer Hall and Wine Bar (15 Hall St, Newport) –  Valentines is only a couple of weeks away and it will be love at first bite in The Wine Room. With the perfect intimate setting for your effortless Valentines. Chef has designed a LOVE-LY 6 Dish Dining Adventure for just $55 or you can treat your special one to our “Perfect Match” Experience which is a 6 Dish Adventure matched with beer or wine for only $89. Call now so you don’t miss out – 9391-8188

Something Different

  • Bangpop (35 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf) – Swap roses for tequila at BangPop’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Dinner. Gather a group of friends and head down to BangPop from 6pm to enjoy succulent Thai dishes all made with ingredients sourced locally and straight from Thailand. Say ‘no’ to commercialised holidays and ‘yes’ to split bills with friends!
  • Freddie Wimpoles (125 Fitzroy St, St Kilda) – Romance not your thing? Freddie Wimpoles hear you and are F*ck Valentine’s Day beach party for the disenchanted. Grab your togs, boardies, tight red one-piece, thongs & cheesy hawaiian shirts and come down to Freddie’s. They have prizes for best Beach Party gear! They got sexy summer cocktails! Plus They’ll be bangin’ out cheesy RnB classics all night.
  • Lulu Cafe and Gallery (506 Queensbury St, North Melbourne) – Single? Don’t wanna be? Join Lulu for some slow dating! Learn about yourself and have fun with others. At Lulu cafe & gallery tonight 6-8pm $20 entry, rego via  alivewpassion@gmail.com with details of name, age, gender, preference
  • Madame Brussels Cocktail Bar (3/59-63 Bourke St, Melbourne) – The Madame has declared that Tuesday the 14th February shall be singles night at Madame Brussels so gather all your single ladies (and guys) get a jug or two of punch and start flirting (innuendo welcome)!
  • The Moat (176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne)  – The Moat welcome all and everyone, regardless of relationship status. If you are alone or with friends or even if you are a couple that couldn’t bare having to sit with 20 other couples in a disconcertingly quiet room, this night at The Moat is for you! Tiki bar, Live music, Share fare and Strictly unromantic! Book by calling 9094 7820.

Valentine’s Pickling Degustation

Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers and then he didn’t know what to do with them. Don’t make the same mistake – come along to a pickling degustation where you’ll learn that sauerkraut isn’t just for putting on bratwurst and pickled carrot can do more than just look pretty in the jar. 

With Valentines Day just around the corner, bring your sweetheart (or a friend) for this four-course pickle degustation!

Valentines for all!

Hi all,

It is that time of year where our thoughts turn to love (or to tequila which if you drink enough is kind of like love). This year as Valentine’s day is on a Saturday, there is no end to the amazing food deals in restaurants as everyone is getting in on the act. It’s a great excuse to try out a new place, my ever growing list of where to go for V day is here.  Don’t worry if you’re not a couple (says the eternity single person so I know what I am talking about here) there are options out there for singles as well. Nieuw Amsterdam is holding a tinder party, show them your profile and you get a free cocktail. Both Ladro in Prahran and Fitzroy have tables for singles where for $50 you can stuff your face and also meet the love of your life. You can also meander down to Bang Pop for their anti Valentines day with a bunch of specials and no share plates!

If you maybe are looking for something special to give the object of your affection, nothing says I think you’re hot like fried sticky goodness. Shortstop donuts are hand delivering boxes of donuts in the CBD and inner city, all beautifully gift wrapped for $45 for 6, more info here.

If the love of your life is more into Rosé than roses then maybe a mixed dozen from Taltarni is the way to win them over (also, you get to drink some to so it’s a gift that keeps giving). A selection of still and sparkling for $250 delivered. More info here.

If you want to get cheesy, Richmond Hill Cafe and Larder have a Valentines Day picnic pack. For just$29.50, you get a selection of cheese so all you need to do is grab some bubbles, a blanket and head to the Sydney Myer Music Bowl for a free concert performed by the MSO.

Moving on from hearts and flowers and on to what’s happening this week in Melbourne. As with last wek, we are all about the wine. On Tuesday, you can take your pick of where to go for your Riesling as 2 of my favourite spots, Harry and Frankie and Bar Nacional are having Riesling events. On Wednesday, The Tasting Table are having an Italian Wine night for just $40 a head which promises to be fascinating. Albert St Food and Wine are collaborating with Western Plains pork to bring you a 4 course dego for $100 a head on Thursday. For you beer aficionados, Stone brewing are launching their latest brew with a guest appearance by their head brew at Foresters Hall.

Remember to check back to the events page as it is constantly being updated!

February, Feb Fast or Wine Month?

Hi all

Before we get started I’ll preface this post by saying yes I know, all months are wine months but I can’t help but notice how many fantastic wine events are coming up in February (and some amazing beer things as well but I shall get to that later).  From dinners and tasting to masterclass and expos, it really is all happening. There is a massive emphasis on Riesling as you’d expect with Riesling Down Under getting under way in Melbourne. This wine event that occurs every second year and attracts Riesling makers from around the globe and is as much about educating as it is about tasting. I was reintroduced to Riesling a couple of years ago at a 4 the love of Riesling tasting and since then, it has become one of my favourite varieties (to be fair, my previous experience with this grape was out of a cask in the early 90’s so I think this excuses me from being away from the fold for so long). One of my other favourite varieties is Shiraz which is also well represented this month with a Shiraz and steak night at the Botanical, an amazing Shiraz dinner and masterclass at the stunning Brooks of Melbourne and a Shiraz tasting at Toorak Cellars.

What’s coming up

Monday the 2nd is Super Bowl and while I personally have absolutely no understanding of the game, I can fully appreciate any event that allows me to eat chicken wings and burgers at 8.30am.  If you are fortunate enough to have the day off and want to see what the fuss is about, you can find a list of venues hosting parties here.

February is the month for celebrating your relationships (or drowning your sorrows while talking to your cats, either/or) and as Valentines Day this year is on a Saturday, there are even more venues putting on great deals for you to get out and about. So grab your partner/best friend/casual acquaintance/fellow cat lover/whatever and spoil yourself.

For those who are maybe beer inclined rather than into the wine (personally I like both, why take sides?) There are more than a few beer events on for you starting with Waitangi day on the 6th Feb where the fabulous folk at the Terminus Hotel are having a New Zealand Beer Tap take over, food specials and giveaways.

Looking for something made a little more locally? Then you can’t go past GABF on the 21st of Feb, one of the biggest beer showcases in town, a cracker of a day out and easily accessible by public transport so winning all round.

For something a wee bit closer to town, join Miro the beer maestro at the Gertrude hotel on the 28th of Feb for a high country beer tasting as part of Craft Beer Rising a national day to celebrate all thing craft beer related. Learn more about the beers from the high country while sampling a few of Miro’s favourites.

Happy February all, will be back to talk all things Food and Wine Festival next week!

10th February – 16th February 2014

Monday 10th February

  • Shiraz Challenge at Armadale Cellers (817 High St, Armadale) –  Does Grange really stack up against the contenders? Is it really worth $650 per bottleArmadale Cellars will take you through a line-up of twelve Shiraz, comparing and evaluating the differences between the Grange and the rest. Held in a ‘blind’ tasting format many of our favourite wines will be pitted against the controversial icon to see if Grange really does reign supreme on the taste buds. To say the least, expect an unmatched Shiraz feast! The tasting will be followed by a light supper. Tickets are $149 each and can be purchased online here.
  • Ours is Not to Riesling Why at The Prince Wine Store (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) – Eight great Riesling producers from Australia, Germany and New Zealand will be on hand to show off their wares. With over 25 Riesling on tasting this is a must attend for any Riesling fan. All the winemakers will be in house to present their wines representing some of the best that this noble variety can produce. Tickets are $30 a head and can be bought online here.

Tuesday 11th February

  • Pheasant Tears Dinner at St Crispin in Conjunction With Alquimie ( 300 Smith St. Collingwood 3066) –  Alquimie presents an exclusive dinner to be held at recently-crowned Best New Melbourne Restaurant Saint Crispin. The four-course dinner will be matched with wines from Georgian-based Pheasant’s Tears (featured in edition one). Winemaker and director John Wurdeman will be in Melbourne for one day only to host the dinner with us. Each wine produced at Pheasant’s Tears is fermented and aged in unique vessels called qvevri. The clay vessels are lined with beeswax and buried underground to allow the wines to ferment in the natural coolness of the earth. All guests will receive the first edition of Alquimie. Dinner is 3 courses with 5 wines for $120 a head and bookings can be made via email on info@saintcrispin.com.au or by phone on 9419 2202.
  • Frankland Estate Annual Single Vineyard Release w/ Hunter Smith at Toorak Cellars (18 Beatty Ave, Armadale) – Join Toorak Cellars for a BBQ with the man leading the charge for Australian Riesling: Hunter Smith. As well as hosting the biennial ‘Frankland Estate Internationl Riesling Tasting’ and sponsoring an annual Riesling scholarship, Frankland Estate produces three single vineyard Rieslings of purity and energy that speak loudly of the dirt from which they grow. As well as this, their Smith Cullum Riesling is one of the greatest off-dry examples made in Australia. Will include current release and back vintage wines. Dinner/wine tasting is $35 a head and can be booked via email onsales@toorakcellars.com.au or by phone on 9822 2070.

Wednesday 12th February

  • Shaken & Stirred, Flamed & Thrown at Eau de Vie (1 Malthouse Ln, Melbourne) = You are invited to the launch of the Eau de Vie cocktail book on Wednesday Feb 12th, kicking things off at 6pm with cocktails, canapes, a chat from the big man Sven, plus the opportunity to purchase a discount priced book & have it signed on the night. Tickets are just $45, with food & cocktails included until 8pm. Tickets are limited, so get in quick! To book, email melbourne@eaudevie.com.au

Thursday 13th February 

  • Thursday Riesling Club at The Tasting Table (1219 High St, Armadale) – For this month only and as part of Summer Of Riesling 2014 our Tasting Club is being taken over by the delicious grape Riesling. For just $10 you can taste 12 different Rieslings from all over the world, from Australia to Germany and everywhere else in between. The tasting is held in an informal fashion so feel free to pop in any time between 6pm and 10pm. It’s a perfect opportunity to meet like minded people who just love to drink good wine and celebrate this wonderfully versatile grape. You can book online here.
  • Back to Basics Italian Tasting at The City Wine Store (159 Spring Street, Melbourne) – Headed to our shores are four wine producers spanning from Barbaresco in the northwest, all the way down to Campania in the south, each with a unique and terroir-driven range of wines along the way. Rather than ‘forward thinking’ these four vignerons are more suited to the phrase ‘back to basics’ as they are all merely farming their plots in a sustainable manner with minimal intervention in the winery, just as many have done before them. Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased on 9654 6657.
  • St Ali Product Dinner (12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne) –  Andrew Gale has crafted a four-course menu focusing on seasonal and local produce; Crème fraiche and hand churned butter from Pepe Saya, Salmon caviar from Yarra Valley Caviar, local fish from Spencer Wilkinson, Wuk Wuk beef from Peter Treasure, and heritage fruit and vegetables from Andrew Wood. Pepe Saya and Nicholas Gorman will join guests, giving them the opportunity to learn more about the techniques and inspirations behind their produce. Pepe’s famous butter is made from 100% Australian cream, fresh from a local farm, Country Valley Dairy in Picton NSW. It is cultured over a two-week period, churned and then shaped by the hardworking and loving hands of Pepe Saya’s team. Yarra Valley Caviar is a boutique organic aquaculture farm situated in rural Victoria. They take a completely natural approach to rearing, and milking, its Atlantic Salmon and are loyal believers in the humane treatment of their fish. Dinner is $110.00 for food and wine package or $70 for food only. For bookings email sarah@stali.com.au

Friday 14th February – Valentine’s Day (Awwwww)

  • Grape Grazing Festival (All over the Yarra Valley) – Join the  three-day festival of fine wine, delicious food, boutique ciders and locally brewed beers, and enjoy all that the sensational Yarra Valley has to offer at Grape Grazing, on 14, 15 and 16 February 2014. You can buy a weekend pass for $25 which gives you access to all General Admission ‘grazing’ events. For more information, checkout their site here.
  • Valentine’s Day Listing’s Can Be Found Here.

Saturday 15th February

  • First Crush Festival at Brown Brothers Winery (239 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Rd, Milawa) – Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard will fling open its gates for their first ever music festival, First Crush.  A host of top Aussie music talent including Loon Lake, Owl Eyes, Bec & Sebastian, Tom Kline & Mayfield will provide awesome live entertainment all day, with Your Music Radar (DJ) on the decks between sets.  The winery will be open only to ticket holders on the day, and cost of entry includes a souvenir wine glass. No BYO alcohol and a complimentary shuttle bus service will operate from Wangaratta station on the day. Tickets are $85 a head and can be bought online here.
  • Winemakers Masterclass with Greg Melick at The Tasting Table (1219 High St, Armadale) – Based in the cool climate Coal River Valley in Tasmania, Pressing Matters vineyard and winemaker Greg Melick focus almost entirely on growing and producing fantastic Rieslings. As part of Summer Of Riesling 2014 we’re thrilled to welcome Pressing Matters winemaker Greg Melick who’ll be flying over from Tasmania to host the in store Winemaker Masterclass this month. Focusing on all things Pressing Matters and Riesling we’ll be opening up all four of their Rieslings as well as a few museum wines thrown in the mix, and Greg will be on hand to talk through the wines and answer all your questions. If you love Riesling or just want to learn a bit more about this fabulous grape this is a masterclass you won’t want to miss. The masterclass is $10 a head and you can book online here.
  • Cider, Ale and Crape Escape at Punt Rd Wine (10 St Huberts Road, Coldstream) –  Spend the afternoon in Punt Rd Wines beautiful gardens while enjoying wine and cider tastings plus entertainment from the amazing Hannafords. BYO chairs, blankets or picnics. Entry fee is $30 a head and includes 2 crepes by Le Creperie (one sweet and one savoury) and a Napoleone Cider (Apple or Pear) or Napoleone American Pale Ale. To book, call 03 9739 0666.

Sunday 16th February

  • Champagne at the Chateau (42 Melba Highway, Yering, Yarra Valley) – Join Chateau Yering for an exclusive garden party bought to you in conjunction with Pommary Champagne. Tickets to the party include continuous finger food, Pommery Champagne plus local Yarra Valley wines and Live Entertainment. Tickets are $275 per person and you can book via functions@chateauyering.com.au or by phone on 9237 3333.
  • Rootstock Lunch in Moon Under Water (211 Gertrude St, Fitzroy) – Sunday 16th February in Moon Under Water. Chef David Moyle, from Tasmanian restaurant The Stackings, will make a special guest appearance and design the menu for the event. He’ll be collaborating with star winemaker and one of our favourites, Damijan Podversic, to present his wines. This is a food and wine event not to be missed. For further information or reservations, phone 9417 7700 or email info@buildersarmshotel.com.au.
  • Sustainable Scotch Whisky Seminar at Whisky and Alement (270 Russell St, Melbourne) – Russell Stubbs presents a free seminar on sustainability in the Whisky industry.The sustainability initiatives of the Scotch Whisky Industry are impressive and globally significant. By discussing them as a case study we hope to inspire people to think about how other industries may also create change. The discussion will be structured with this in mind and will finish on the topic of what we can learn from this industry in Australia. People will also be able to make more informed consumer choices regarding sustainability and Scotch Whisky. This is a free event though registration of interest is required.  You can register online here.
  • Andalucian Party at Robbie Burns Hotel (376 Smith Street, Collingwood) – Get on your flamenco dress, bring your castanets, matador rope, or just your party mood! Because this time we are going to take you to the Feria de Abril! The biggest fair in Spain will be taking place in the heart of Collingwood. No entree fee, no dress code, no bookings, no problems.Casual and fun, we will be having different stalls at Robbie, with Javier Perez in conjunction with our chef, will be preparing fish, cured meats, grilled meat, tapas, rebujito, beer, etc. As well as flamenco guitarist and flamenco chillout dj. Make a note in your calendar, the party will start at 12pm on the 16th of February.