Corks 'N' Forks - March Update

Dear Members,

I’m pleased to report our Tasting Tour on 15 February, ‘Island Wines from Tenerife to Crete’ was very different; and very, very good. The 18 of us who filled the Vintage Room had a wonderful time! Led by the Club’s wine consultant Steve Blandford, we tasted our way through 11 red and white wines and two very different ‘Madeiras’, sourced from the old world vinous islands of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Corsica, Ischia, Sicily, Sardinia, Crete, Santorini and Madeira.

The wines were accompanied as we went along by matching dishes specially chosen by the Club’s Executive Chef Rebecca Kaye and prepared on the night by her team. The chicken liver parfait and the herbed lamb rump that accompanied the six red wines were to die for! All wines, with the exception of one slightly ‘corked’ white, were true expressions of their place. My personal favourite was the 10 year old Madeira served with the cheese.

Our next Vintage Room Tasting Tour is scheduled for 24 May, and we’re presently finalising the theme. Keep an eye out for it, as our tasting tours tend to book out pretty quickly.

You should also think about making a booking for our ‘Bests’ wine dinner on Friday 6 April. We’re presently putting together the menu and wine list, so I don’t have the details or a price yet. However here’s a snippet of what ‘Bests’ is all about: “Since 1867, Best’s has been making wines uninterrupted, striving to craft expressive, authentic regional wines in Victoria’s Great Western region. Best’s has been owned by two families since 1866 – the Best family, who founded the winery; and today, the Thomson family, having purchased the property in 1920, after Henry Best’s death. Best’s old vineyards, planted in the 1860s, are among the oldest and rarest pre-phylloxera plantings in the world. The invaluable Best’s Nursery Block contains almost 40 varieties (some unidentified to this day).”

Graeme Jones
For the Corks ‘n’ Forks Committee

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