Corks 'n' Forks - April 2019

Dear Members - I have some news from the world of Corks ‘n’ Forks.

Tasting/Tour – 4 April

Our next tasting/tour is scheduled for 6.30pm on Thursday 4 April in the Vintage/Pioneers Room. The theme will be ‘Some Hidden Gems from Australian Boutique Wineries’, and we’ll be featuring 13 wines from selected Aussie boutique producers. The wines will be served in 4 brackets, and will be matched as we go along with some great food specially crafted by Chef and his team.

The cost per head will be a bargain $100, and there’s only 17 places available. To whet your palates, here’s a sample of the wines:

  • Unico Zelo - Fiano 2018 and Dolcetto 2018 – an amazing new producer really hitting the spot.
  • Aphelion - The Aromat Grenache 2018 - from 80 year old bush vines. Only 50 dozen produced.
  • Dappled Appelation – Pinot Noir 2018 and Chardonnay 2018 - best new winery – James Halliday Wine Companion 2018.
  • Bloodwood Riesling 2016 - the original and one of the best producers from Orange.

Steve Blandford, who has been our trusted wine mentor and supplier for some years now, has decided to pick up his Australian sticks and move with his wife Elena to Piedmonte. Steve’s advice and assistance in all matters vinous, including food and wine matching, has been greatly appreciated over the years, and we’ll miss him. Thanks Steve.

Life goes on however, and we are very fortunate that Ian Cook from Five Ways Cellars in Paddington has agreed to look after the Corks ‘n’ Forks cellar so to speak. Ian opened Five Way Cellars over 30 years ago, and it is by any measure Sydney’s pre-eminent independent wine shop. Their Saturday afternoon tastings are legendary! Ian’s knowledge of Australian and overseas wines is awesome, and we are confident that Ian’s love of all things vinous and his contacts and experience in the wine trade will add a further dimension to what Corks ‘n’ Forks can offer to Club members and their guests.

Rockford Dinner – 24 May

As many of you will know, Rockford is an iconic traditional Barossan producer, whose wines can only be found in limited quantities in a few selected retail outlets. They are very hard to find, particularly their Basket Press Shiraz. They are mostly sold to their mailing list or at cellar door. The Club is very privileged to have their wines on our wine list, which is why we are able to put the Dinner on – our second.

It’s early days yet; however I can tell you we’ll be serving 7 of Rockford’s best, including their famous Black Shiraz and the iconic Basket Press Shiraz. Chef is presently preparing a bespoke menu to match them. Once that happens we can set the price.

To make a booking for either event, please contact Yvonne Muriithi or Ash Hucker from the Club’s Events Team on 8273 2322, or send an email to Don’t leave it too long though, as places are limited and will fill quickly.


Graeme Jones
For the Corks ‘n’ Forks Committee

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