One of the reasons I got involved with Swirl, Sniff, Spit was a perceived lack of wine tasting events in Brisbane. Now, in the coming month of May, there is a fantastic array of events happening - a great month for the weather is getting cooler and vintage is over pretty much over for the majority of Australia's winemaking community.
I though it worthwhile capturing them here, I have no commercial affiliation to any of these, and simply wish to publicise them in the hope that they may come to the attention of a wine loving public. Use them or lose them as the saying goes...
The events listed here are in chronological order.
Swirl Sniff Spit - Rhone White Tasting - 15th May - Era Bistro
As already stated, I have a personal involvement with this group. May sees guest presenters Jeremy Pringle, writer at WineWillEatItself and Winemaker Rory Lane of Story Wines leading attendees through White Rhone varieties (principally Marsanne, Rousanne and Viognier) and blends thereof. Aromatic and textural, these varietals are not necessarily known to many, but can age fantastically and pair well with food. Follow Swirl, Sniff, Spit on twitter and facebook.
Hunter Valley New Generation - 17th May - Venue tbc
I've already posted on this here. It's a fantastic opportunity to meet a group of innovative winemakers, pushing boundaries, making fantastic wines - and most often doing so with a smile on their face. It's a rare opportunity to be able to experience an event like this, where all wines will be poured by the winemakers. Do it: tickets available here.
International Chardonnay Day - 24th May - Clovely Estate City Cellar Door
Notwithstanding hosting this event, the Clovely Estate City Cellar Door (at Red Hill) is a fantastic space and I recently heard from the Chief Vinsomniac that plans are afoot for expansion. Anyway...these varietal tasting events are an excellent opportunity to taste a range of wines, across a diverse range of styles and regions. And Chardonnay, possibly more than any other grape, grows in such a range of region of regions, with the winemakers thumbprint easily identified on it. Contact details for Clovely Estate are via their website.
New World or Old World Wines With Peter Marchant - 30-31 May - Spring Brisbane
Peter Marchant is one of Brisbane's most highly regarded Sommeliers and is currently Fine Wine Manager at Spring Brisbane, a fantastic restaurant and cooking school on Felix and Mary in Brisbane's CBD. Peter Marchant is hosting two wine tastings in May, firstly the opportunity to taste through New World wines with Peter on 30th May, and then the following night on the 31st Peter will be taking attendees through Old World wines. A fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the best in the game.
Like I say, no commercial to any of these (other than my involvement with Swirl, Sniff, Spit which is purely for love) and just would love to foster and support a passionate wine community in Brisbane.
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