|Coming up this Sunday in our lane way is the East End Wine Down, part of The Crave Sydney International Food Festival.
Twenty one winemakers from across Australia converge in Sydney’s Crown Lane for some new-fashioned fun and frivolity. Think urban laneway festival meets rockstar winemakers and you are on the right track.
The winning event concept from Radpublic director Louise Radman and Kooki’s Amanda James- Pritchard shines a light on some of the most unique wines in the country. DJ Mike Dotch will be spinning funky beats while you sip your way through over 100 varieties and styles from the Hunter Valley to Heathcote, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Mudgee, Orange, Adelaide Hills, Clare, Coonawarra, Canberra, Tasmania and beyond.
A host of rockstar winemakers including Matt Broomhead, Richard Bate, Louise Hemsley-Smith, Sue Bell, Iain Riggs, John Gilbert, Bryn Richards, Karina Dambergs, Alex McKay, Glenn James- Pritchard, Simon Gilbert, Lisa McGuigan, Nav Singh, Corrina Wright, Philip Shaw, Nick Dry, Dan Palmer, Col McBryde and Chris Tyrrell will be on hand pouring their wines in the Sydney laneway, along with cleansing Rekorderlig cider and Coopers brews.
Celebrity chef Luke Nguyen says,“Vibrant wines from all over Australia served with Vietnamese street food in a funky laneway is the perfect way to spend Sunday afternoon.“
Sommelier at large and proprietor of Love Tilly Devine wine bar, Matt Swieboda sums it up. “#EASTENDWINEDOWN is wine tasting made fun and accessible – music, food, great booze and sunshine, what’s not to love?”
Tucked away in the inner East, Crown Lane is the long-time home of Best Cellars, one of the city’s finest independent wine stores. Joined by Love Tilly Devine Wine Bar and more recently Luke Nguyen’s Red Lily and Red Lantern, the intimate locale is fast becoming one of Sydney’s hottest food and wine haunts.
“We’re planning to fill the laneway with wine-loving punters, urban beats and loads of talking, tasting and tweeting. We expect so much twitter action we decided to name the event after the hashtag,” say event creators Louise Radman and Amanda James-Pritchard.
EASTENDWINEDOWN is a rare opportunity for people to get together and explore some of the coolest wine in the country. You will also be able to pick up some great deals from Best Cellars to stock your cellar.
Punters won’t go hungry with tasty eats from the newest Sydney food truck and Vietnamese street food courtesy of Red Lantern on Riley. Think pork baguettes, char grilled sugar cane skewers and wok tossed vermicelli noodles with lemongrass and black angus beef.
After your fix, festivalgoers can stay on to enjoy more vino at Love Tilly Devine and Asian inspired cocktails at Red Lily.
Bookings via website – www.eastendwinedown.com
||October 28; noon-4pm
|All wine tastings.
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Muscadet and Oysters. Lessons in Terroir – Both on Land and at Sea
It’s a fact! No vineyard is ever capable of producing the exact same wine as any other. Each has its own unique character that cannot be replicated. Also no two plots of c
oastline can cultivate the exact same oysters.
We’ve invited Australia’s premiere seafood purveyor and one of its top distributor of terroir-driven wine.
So, join us as we explore the subtleties of freshly shucked oysters and single vineyard Muscadet.
Tuesday 30th October starting 4pm at Love, Tilly Devine.
We’re sure everyone’s already noticed– it looks like it’s going to be an amazing Sydney Summer.
So in celebration, we’ll be opening Sundays from the 30th of September, 4pm till 10.
It’s a simple recipe: Sunshine, Blood Orange-Campari Mimosas, Bloody Marys, lots of wine and plain ol’ good times.
The Love, Tilly Devine homage to Le Tour de France 2012 – a month long love affair with French wine.
From Champagne to Burgundy, Alsace and beyond – experience the thrill and the beauty of the great race with a glass of wine from each of our favourite stages.
All of July come on down and drink to the bravest men ever to don lyrca. (And shave their legs.)
We are very excited to have a new feature page in the wine list on our friend Fraser of Sami-Odi wines!!
Things We Love About Fraser McKinley
Late last year, Matt found himself in the Barossa driving around in an old Land Rover Defender that he had no idea how to drive. (For more information about that you’ll have to ask Anton Von Klopper of Lucy Margaux Vineyards, but for now the less said about that the better).
Eventually he met up with Fraser, a guy he had barely met before but who had no reservations in spending the rest of his day showing Matt and his lovely girlfriend Adriana around his inherited home – The Barossa Valley.
Partly for this reason and partly because we love his wines, we have decided to devote a couple of pages in the wine list to Fraser and the things that we love about him.
1. He is an intelligent, kind and humble guy who is incredibly generous with his time.
2. He has a virtually encyclopedic knowledge of the Barossa, from soil types to the history of each of its best vineyard plots, to the factors that make each of them special.
3. He has used this knowledge to access some of the most prized rows of Shiraz vines in the region, from which he produces some of its most extraordinary wines.
4. He manages to avoid many of the problems that typically plague the region – i.e. high alcohol, excessive use of oak and overt use of artificial acids.
5. In fact, he adds nothing to his wines whatsoever (except, perhaps, massive amounts of karma – if you believe in that stuff.)
6. He is one of the few producers in the region to openly question the importance of extreme vine age. Hence he bottles wines from both young and old vines, believing that each possesses its own strengths and deserves its own expression.
7. He was the first winemaker to come to the bar and play Guest Sommelier earlier this year. (He did very well, selling awesome bottles of Ganevat and Perron from the Jura and Savoie.)
Fraser, we salute you.