June 2018

$150

Lolli REDINI and Stunning Sicily

Monday 4 June @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

My recent La Bella Vita tour took me to Sicily, which I first explored in 1995 with a group of international wine scribes. Our Sicilian hosts offered us chardonnay, merlot and cabernet, which were mundane to say the least.  Then, they almost apologetically, showed us their indigenous varieties grillo, inzolia and nero d’Avola. It was a lightbulb moment and I’ve been following the explosion of Sicilian wines ever since. The highlight of the trip was to Mt Etna – to…

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$135

Stunning Sicily

Thursday 14 June @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

My recent La Bella Vita tour took me to Sicily, which I first explored in 1995 with a group of international wine scribes. Back then, our Sicilian hosts offered us chardonnay, merlot and cabernet, which were mundane to say the least. They, almost apologetically, showed us their indigenous varieties grillo, inzolia and nero d’Avola. It was a lightbulb moment for me and I’ve been following the explosion of Sicilian wines ever since. The highlight of the trip was to Mt…

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$55

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – Barossa Shiraz

Monday 25 June @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The winegrowers of the Barossa Valley  produce quintessential Australian Shiraz – big, bold, lush and plush. The sort of stuff Robert Parker Jnr loves. Or so the perceived wisdom dictates. However, when the GT WINE Magazine tasting panel assembled over 60 of the Barossa’s latest offerings, a different picture emerged. While hardly trim and taut, there were plenty of more refined styles from newer names like Alex Head, Phil Lehmann and Peter Schell. Shiraz from cooler sites in the Eden…

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$200

Introductory Wine Appreciation at Blue Wren Wines, Mudgee

Tuesday 26 June @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

I’m thrilled to be presenting my classic Introductory Wine Appreciation course at Blue Wren Wines in Mudgee. This Back-to-Basics workshop is essential for newcomers to wine and great for those who know what they like but not sure why. We’ll discover ‘what is wine?’ How do we taste? How do we know a ‘good’ wine and detect wine faults? What are generic styles and varietal wines all about? Taste the cornerstone classic grape varieties and explore the influence of wine…

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July 2018

$55

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting – Barossa Shiraz

Wednesday 4 July @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The winegrowers of the Barossa Valley  produce quintessential Australian Shiraz – big, bold, lush and plush. The sort of stuff Robert Parker Jnr loves. Or so the perceived wisdom dictates. However, when the GT WINE Magazine tasting panel assembled over 60 of the Barossa’s latest offerings, a different picture emerged. While hardly trim and taut, there were plenty of more refined styles from newer names like Alex Head, Phil Lehmann and Peter Schell. Shiraz from cooler sites in the Eden…

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August 2018

Luke Mangan and Peter Bourne Winter Wine Dinner

Wednesday 1 August @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Luke Mangan and I have shared an office for five years. This dinner will be our first collaboration, combining our wealth of knowledge and love of good food, good wine, and good times. This five-course dinner will explore the wonderful world of wine through eight different varietals from Rosé to Riesling and even Sake, thoughtfully curated by yours truly. Luke will be on the pans to produce a menu complementing the texture and nuances of the wines, spanning beef tartare with…

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$55

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – Limestone Coast Reds

Monday 6 August @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Star Performers tasting in the August/September issue of GT WINE Magazine features the wonderfully wintry reds of South Australia’s Limestone Coast. The hub of the region in Coonawarra, its cabernet sauvignons representing the Australian varietal benchmark. But to add flesh to the frame, there’s some shiraz, merlot and some new wave reds from Coonawarra, Warttonbully and Mount Benson.

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$55

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting – Limestone Coast Reds

Wednesday 8 August @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Star Performers tasting in the August/September issue of GT WINE Magazine features the wonderfully wintry reds of South Australia’s Limestone Coast. The hub of the region in Coonawarra, its cabernet sauvignons representing the Australian varietal benchmark. But to add flesh to the frame, there’s some shiraz, merlot and some new wave reds from Coonawarra, Warttonbully and Mount Benson.

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$150

Advanced Workshop – More Pinot Please

Wednesday 29 August @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

My cellar is loaded  with top end Australian pinots – often from individual vineyard plots in the Burgundian mould. Think Hurley, Ten Minutes by Tractor, By Farr, Stonier, Montalto, Giant Steps and Oakridge. We’ll taste five brackets of three wines with a trio of masked pinots to finish – just to see if you’ve been paying attention!

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September 2018

$150

Central Otago Revisited at Lolli REDINI

Tuesday 18 September @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The wine nights at Lolli REDINI offer the opportunity to taste some stellar wines with Simonn Hawke’s wonderful food. The theme for the Tuesday 18 September tasting is Central Otago with a bracket of whites to kick things off. Riesling works wonders in the Central Otago’s long late seasons with chardonnay likewise in a Chablis-like style. Of course the focus will be pinot noir with wines from the usual suspects – Felton Road, Rippon and Mount Difficulty alongside Sam Neill’s…

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