Corks 'n' Forks December 2019

Dear Members

As we approach the end of another successful Corks ‘n’ Forks year, and start to think about our 2020 schedule, I thought a brief recap of our 2019 events might be useful, particularly for those members unable for whatever reason to join us this year and enjoy the various things we do.

As we’ve done in previous years, we continued our successful ‘tasting/tour’ programme throughout 2019. Themes this year ranged from ‘Good Wines from Unexpected Places’, ‘Spot the Difference’, and ‘A Dip in Langhorne Creek’.

For those who’ve not been before, our tasting/tours are relaxed, informal and educative evenings designed to appeal to those members and their guests seeking an introduction to the wonderful world of wine or to expand their existing knowledge. They’re held in the seated comfort of the Pioneers or Vintage Room, and we usually serve around 12 themed wines paired with small matching food courses.

Our dinners again proved very popular this year. In May we held our Rockford Wines Dinner, which gave members and their guests the rare opportunity to enjoy a range of wines from Rockford, including their famed “Basket Press’ Shiraz, that are not generally available to the public. In July we again celebrated Bastille Day in the best Gallic tradition, and as I write this piece, plans are well in hand for our annual Black Tie Henschke Dinner – this year titled ‘Henschke with a Tasmanian Twist’ – to be held on 29 November.

This year’s trip away was a week in Tasmania in late October/early November, where 20 of us enjoyed the many food, wine and scenic delights Tasmania has to offer. Our tour highlighted the sheer quality and variety of Tasmanian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which we enjoyed at various dinners and tastings in and around Hobart, Bicheno and Launceston. The food wasn’t half bad either – especially the seafood. The mutton bird in Bicheno and the scallop pies in Low Head were interesting, different and memorable.

Well that’s all for 2019 folks, and thanks so much for supporting our events this year. Thanks also to the Club’s management and staff for helping us put them on. Might I take this opportunity on behalf of the Corks ‘n’ Forks committee to wish each of you a happy and safe Christmas and New Year. We look forward to catching up with you at a Corks ‘n’ Forks event next year.

From the Corks ‘n’ Forks Committee

Graeme Jones – mogigi.grj@bigpond.com, Avril Fortuin - avituin1@gmail.com, Brent Halligan - info@legalmigrationservices.com, Roger Butler - law@colebutler.com.au

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