Rhone vs Barossa Wine Dinner

Think you can navigate your way from South Australia to Rhone using nothing but your palette for guidance? To celebrate international grenache day next month we are welcoming back Gavin Lennard of Vintage and Vine to host a wine dinner showcasing a battle of world’s, Rhone vs Barossa. If you think you know your septentrional from your méridional, or perhaps you’d like to learn the difference, join us on Tuesday the 26th September for a five course banquet paired with 7 wines.

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The menu designed specially for the occasion by co-head chefs Matt Taylor & John Frid has been paired with a premium wine list featuring a 2011 Chateuaneuf du Pape going up against a 2015 McLaren Vale in a blind tasting offering you the chance to put your sommelier skills to the test.

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Old world v new world, What’s the difference?

The main trait all Old World wine countries have in common is that their wine making is heavily restricted, with guidelines all wineries must follow. Each country and region of that country in the Old World has been making wine a certain way for centuries, and current winemakers across Europe are held to those old standards. The southern sub-region of Rhone produces an array of red, white and rosé wines, often blends of several grapes such as in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is one of the most renowned appellations of the southern part of the Rhône Valley and we’ll be demonstrating an array of the regions finest for our Rhone vs Barossa wine dinner.

In New World regions such as regions of Australia and the US, the winemaking practices vary dramatically.  There is much experimentation, the New World generally places less emphasis traditional methods of winemaking, and more emphasis on making wine that takes advantage of modern advances and a need for instant gratification. The best Barossan wines sit comfortably alongside the great wines of the world. Barossa Shiraz and Eden Valley Riesling have led the way as regional heroes, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Grenache, Semillon and Fortifieds wines all contributing to Barossa's standing as one of the world's great wine regions.