Dear Members

I have 3 things to report this month.

First, our trip to Rutherglen, Chiltern and Beechworth from 8 to 12 June was by any measure a wonderful food, wine and historical experience. Many highlights come to mind, ranging from the many diverse wines available for tasting at Chambers, our All Saints tasting that included their 50 year old rare liqueur Rutherglen muscat, our visit to the Castagna vineyards and winery at Beechworth where their chardonnay proved very popular, the Ned Kelly trial re-enactment at Beechworth Court House, and of course our nightly dinners where the day’s exploits were discussed over good food and wine.

Second, Corks ‘n’ Forks will be holding our annual Bastille Day Dinner on Thursday 14 July, where we’ll be featuring a selection of wines specially chosen from France’s renowned wine regions matched to Chef’s creative Gallic menu. More details can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.

Bastille Night is one of the few occasions we have during the year to highlight all things French, so we’re hoping you’ll all make the most of the opportunity to make a booking and glam it up a bit. The ladies I’m sure will need no encouragement; however the men may need to go looking for that long-lost beret, cravat or bow tie at the bottom of the drawer.

Finally, our next vinous ‘tour’ is scheduled for Thursday 11 August in the Vintage Room, the theme being ‘Good Wines from Unexpected Places’. Only 18 places are available for this sit down tasting of 12 wines so I suggest you book early. The price is $70 per person, which includes 3 small courses of matching food served between the wine flights.

To make a booking for Bastille Night or our next wine ‘tour’ on 11 August, please contact the Club’s Events Team as soon as possible. You can phone them on 8273 2320, or send an email to

Graeme Jones

For the Corks ‘n’ Forks Committee

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