Corks 'n' Forks December

Dear Members,
I’m pleased to report our end of year Black Tie Henschke Dinner – our fifth - held in the Macquarie Room on Friday 18 November was an outstanding success enjoyed immensely by the 72 members and their guests who attended. On behalf of the committee may I thank you all for coming and contributing so much to its success, and for your support throughout the year.

A big thank you also to the Club’s marketing and events teams for all their work behind the scenes, to the floor staff for their seamless service on the night, and to the Club’s Executive Chef Rebecca Kaye and her team for the magnificent and cleverly chosen menu. Rebecca kindly joined us after the cheese service, when she discussed the menu and fielded a number of questions.

Our thanks also to Henschke’s distributor, Fine Wine Partners, for all their help, and for arranging for Sarah Andrew, their manager Fine Wine and Education, to introduce and discuss the wines. Her knowledge of and passion for all matters vinous, in particular wines from the Henschke family, was obvious.

Based on member feedback the most popular white wine was the Croft Chardonnay (by a whisker from the Green’s Hill Riesling and the Louis Semillon), the most popular red the Hill of Grace, and the most popular food and wine combination the beef fillet served with the Johann’s Garden and the Abbott’s Prayer. In a nutshell all of the wines were outstanding.

Our options game was fiercely contested; finally won by the last man standing - David Hall, who identified the mystery wine as the 2015 St Hallett ‘Gamekeepers’ from the Barossa Valley.
And so to next year, when our opening event will be the first of our very popular ‘tasting/tours’ for 2017 with the theme ‘All sorts of Pinots from all sorts of places’. It’s scheduled for Thursday 23 February 2017, so please mark it in your diaries.

May I wish you all the best for the Christmas Season – the perfect opportunity to share good food and wine with family and friends, and a healthy and happy 2017.

Graeme Jones
For the Corks ‘n’ Forks Committee

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