Corks 'N' Forks - October Update

Dear Members – I’ve several things to report this month.

Trip to the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula
Our tour of the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley – staying at the RACV resorts – was very enjoyable indeed. The tour began over dinner at Scopri restaurant in Melbourne; next morning drive to the Mornington Peninsula, where we spent two days enjoying the region’s scenery and its many food and vinous delights. Visit to the Moorooduc Estate Winery and dinner at Le Bouchon restaurant were but two of the highlights.

From the Peninsula we drove to the Yarra Valley where we spent our final two days. The scenery is stunning, particularly at Thick as Thieves Winery where we spent nearly two hours in the company of winemaker Syd Bradford tasting his range of excellent, slightly ‘out there’ wines. Other highlights in the Valley were our steam train ride on the ‘Puffing Billy Railway’, and our tasting at the Four Pillars gin distillery in Healesville.

Tasting/Tour – Thursday 12 October – ‘Exploring South Africa and South America’
Our final tasting/tour for the year will feature wines from South Africa and South America chosen by Steve Blandford, the Club’s wine consultant. Quality and diversity of 13 red and white wines from countries such as Argentina, Chile, South Africa, and Uruguay will pleasantly surprise you. One of them, Catena Zapata Alta Malbec 2013, is one of the best Malbecs produced in Argentina.

Carefully matched four-course menu which will be served as we go along.

$85 per person, limited to 15 places.

Black Tie Henschke Dinner – Friday 24 November
Corks ‘n’ Forks Black Tie Henschke Dinner is our signature event of the year. This year’s dinner, our sixth, will have a roses theme, and will feature Henschke’s 2010 ‘Hill of Roses’ Shiraz which, as you probably know, is made from shiraz vines growing in the Hill of Grace vineyard that were taken as cuttings from some of the old ‘grandfather’ vines around 30 years ago as a means of securing the longevity of the vineyard. It’s a unique, hard-to-get, wonderful wine, and will be served with five other red and white wines from the Henschke cellar. There’ll also be an options game wine to test your vinous skills.

A bespoke menu to complement the wines, finishing with some cheese with which the Hill of Roses will be served.

$175 per person

Graeme Jones
For the Corks ‘n’ Forks Committee

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