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The Ultimate Wineries are an energetic bunch. Tireless in their quest to showcase the very best of regional Australia, even in the throes of a global crisis, they've been busy coming up with all sorts of innovative ways to bring a taste of our beautiful wine regions to you at home. Here is a selection of distractions to see you through isolation and beyond.
Vasse Felix at Home
During shutdown Vasse Felix's incredibly talented Head Chef, Brendan Pratt, has been hard at work, delivering free online tutorials. This series of short videos can be found here or on IGTV and feature insider tips and tricks for delicious recipes such as Pear & Ginger Cake and Naan Bread.
The Art of Sparkling Experience @ Home
Friday 5 June from 6.30pm AEST
Be a winemaker for an evening! You're invited to join the team at Josef Chromy for the famous Art of Sparkling Experience, delivered via Zoom in the comfort of your home. Go behind the scenes on a virtual tour of the winery and learn how 'traditional method' Sparkling wine is made. Step through the sparkling wine making and disgorging process, then conduct tasting trials with the addition of your own liqueur d'expedition dosage to craft a bottle of sparkling to your exact taste.
To participate, you'll need to order your Art of Sparkling pack ($210) for home delivery anywhere in Australia. Each pack is suitable for 1-2 participants and includes:
2 bottles of Josef Chromy NV Tasmanian Cuvee
2 bottles of Josef Chromy NV Sparkling Rose
2 bottles of Art of Sparkling Zero Dosage - the building blocks of your own wine
2 x 1ml graduated pipettes
Sparkling wine stopper
Your bottle labels to complete
Art of Sparkling Dosage sheet and flowchart
Closing date for pack orders is Sunday 17 May to allow time for delivery so make sure you get in quick. Click here to book.
Behind the Barrell, Audrey Wilkinson Wines
General Manager of Audrey Wilkinson Wines, James Agnew, is hosting a series of tastings from the picturesque verandah in the Hunter Valley. A new tasting is released weekly. All videos can be viewed here or keep an eye on the Facebook page for the latest instalment.
Katrina Pizzini’s Art of Gnocchi Making
As temperature start to dip, hearty, flavourful comfort foods start to call to us and there's not much more comforting than a bowl of fresh gnocchi, particularly when you've made it yourself.
Katrina Pizzini’s cooking school A Tavola! (at Pizzini Wines) has been guiding eager apprentices through the art of Northern Italian cooking for a decade now - with gnocchi making the most popular of classes. Join Katrina as she warmly welcomes you into her world where seasonal ingredients, classic techniques and pairing the perfect wine (sometimes whilst cooking) are paramount.
By the end of the class you’ll have served up exceptional potato gnocchi with both napoli and a burnt butter and sage sauce. Deliziosa!
Click here for details.
Brokenwood - Sunday sessions
From the sun-drenched terrace at Brokenwood Wines direct to your living room, next Sunday 17th May Brokenwood is bringing the Hunter to you with live music by Anna Weatherup and a virtual wine tasting. The event will be streamed live on Instagram so save the date and keep an eye out for updates. Further details coming soon.
Voyager Estate - THE TASTING TABLE: Celebrating Chardonnay
Friday 22nd May, 3:30pm (AWST).
With International Chardonnay Day approaching, it's fitting that Voyager Estate's next virtual chat delves into the variety that helped put Margaret River squarely on the map.
Sommelier Claire Tonon will be your host, along with Head of Winemaking and Viticulture, Steve James and Winemaker, Travis Lemm. Together they’ll talk you through the wide array of styles crafted from 100% Estate grown fruit.
No matter which Voyager Chardonnay you have hiding in your cellar, from the crisp, everyday Girt by Sea style, to an aged beauty you've been holding onto, join the team for a Friday afternoon drink to celebrate this versatile variety.
This is a free event, however places are limited, so book your spot here.