June 2019

$75

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting – Tassie Pinot Noir

Wednesday 5 June @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

It’s been a long time since the GT WINE Magazine tasting panel have looked at Tasmanian Pinot Noir exclusively. Since 2011 in fact. And how the wine region has grown! There are now some 230 vineyards in Tasmania. There were many old favourites like Moorilla and Freycinet and some newer faces like Dawson James. This tasting was a real treat.

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$225

Introductory Wine Appreciation – Two Evenings 11 & 18 June

Tuesday 11 June @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

2 Evening Sessions Course – Session 1: Tuesday 11 June / Session 2: Tuesday 18 June Back-to-Basics over two fun and informative sessions. 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 classics along with the new and exciting fashion wines. Explore the influence of wine making on flavour and style. Learn why you like the wines you do and…

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August 2019

$55

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – Italianate Reds

Monday 12 August @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

For the August September issue of GT WINE Magazine, the tasting panel dived into the red version of the Italianate white varieties tasting published in February. We excluded sangiovese and nebbiolo but went hard on the rest. The results were more than interesting as we tackled barbera, dolcetto, primitivo/zinfandel, montepulciano, nero d’Avola et al. It wasn’t a clear win for the Italians or the Aussies, rather a celebration of the savoury, food friendly reds. Don’t miss one, it’ll book out…

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$75

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting – Italianate Reds

Wednesday 14 August @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

For the August September issue of GT WINE Magazine, the tasting panel dived into the red version of the Italianate white varieties tasting published in February. We excluded sangiovese and nebbiolo but went hard on the rest. The results were more than interesting as we tackled barbera, dolcetto, primitivo/zinfandel, montepulciano, nero d’Avola et al. It wasn’t a clear win for the Italians or the Aussies, rather a celebration of the savoury, food friendly reds. Don’t miss one, it’ll book out…

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September 2019

$150

Sensational Central Otago at Lolli REDINI

Tuesday 3 September @ 6:30 pm - Tuesday 8 October @ 9:00 pm

I’m off to Queenstown next week- not to ski but to taste winesfrom Central Otago for an up-coming Qantas Magazine article. It doesn’t come out until October however I’m offering a preview of my discoveries at Lolli REDINI on Tuesday 30 July. It’s the usual format – just 11 places with 12 wines in 4 brackets, naturally featuring pinot.  That said, they’re are some great Central rieslings, pinot gris and I’ve already secured a couple of bottles of Felton Road…

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October 2019

$75

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting – French Chardonnay

Wednesday 9 October @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

For the latest issue, the GT WINE tasting panel explored French chardonnays with a cap at $80 retail per bottle. It was fantastic tasting with Chablis to the fore and many under screwcap – hurray! A number of Bourgogne Blancs showed well as did the Maconnais offerings – Pouilly Fuissé and St Veran. See you there!

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$55

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – French Chardonnay

Monday 14 October @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

For the latest issue, the GT WINE tasting panel explored French chardonnays with a cap at $80 retail per bottle. It was fantastic tasting with Chablis to the fore and many under screwcap – hurray! A number of Bourgogne Blancs showed well as did the Maconnais offerings – Pouilly Fuissé and St Veran. See you there!

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$55

Fabulous Franc

Monday 28 October @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cabernet franc is on a high – emerging from its minor role in Right Bank Bordeaux blends to solo superstar status. I’ve been gathering some local francs along with others from around the country for a tasting at Ferment on Monday 28 October. It’ll be in the GT WINE format with a handful of Loire benchmarks from Chinon and Bourgueil thrown in for good measure. It will be a most interesting night!    

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December 2019

$150

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting – Rosé Champagne

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

Rosé in all its guises is top of the pops with a blushing wave surging through our bars, restaurants and our homes. When the GT WINE Magazine tasting panel selected Rosé Champagne as the theme for the December/January issue, there were shouts of excitement. We tasted 55 wines on the day with an amazing range of style for delicate salmon pink to the distinctive rose petal colour of the Laurent Perrier – which made the cut on the day. This…

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$125

GT WINE Magazine Top Tasting in Orange – Rose Champagne

Monday 9 December @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Rosé in all its guises is top of the pops with a blushing wave surging through our bars, restaurants and our homes. When the GT WINE Magazine tasting panel selected Rosé Champagne as the theme for the December/January issue, there were shouts of excitement. We tasted 55 wines on the day with an amazing range of style for delicate salmon pink to the distinctive rose petal colour of the Laurent Perrier – which made the cut on the day. This…

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