Friday, 24 February 2012

nsw wine festival

When it comes to wine, it's not a surprise that new world wines like those made in this part of the world
are presenting plenty of spectacular drops being drunk both here and around the world. NSW Wine Month is a festival designed to celebrate some of the amazing wine produced right here in our home state, with great restaurants and bars taking part with special dishes created to match.

Here are 3 ways you can take part this year:

Sydney Cellar Door

Sunshine, wine, good food and free entry - sound like a winning combination!

Sydney Cellar Door kicks off the festival this weekend and is Sydney's largest outdoor wine event. There will be wineries from every important wine-making region in the state including the Hunter, Canberra, Mudgee, Orange, the Southern Highlands and the Riverina, so you can sip and swirl your way through the state, bolstered by delicious food from restaurants like Zushi, New Shanghai and La Mint.

There's something for every wine and food fan including live music, tasting classes and time with the winemakers themselves so you can learn from the source. 

Entry is free and tokens can be purchased to exchange for food and wine.

When: This weekend, February 25 and 26 from 11am - 6pm
Where: Hyde Park, Sydney

Wine of the Month

Curious about food and wine matching? Some of Sydney's best bars and restaurants have jumped on board to present NSW wines matched with a tasty snack for a bargain price. For just $15, you can grab a glass of wine and a matched dish, proving you don't need plenty of paper to participate. 

Our picks: 

Gazebo presents Printhie Mount Conobolas chardonnay 2009 from Orange with baby lobster rolls, lemon mayo and sorrel. 

The Owl House presents Patina cabernet sauvignon merlot 2005 from Orange, with a smoked bone marrow and ox tail croquette

Click here for more info on participating restaurants and bars. 

Wine & Dine 

And if you're really hungry, there are also a bunch of great dinners happening around town creating special dishes for just $40 including wine:

Berry Sourdough Cafe: Roasted Thirlmere chicken with porcini and tarragon butter, baby carrots, green beans and grilled choriwo with Printhie Mountain Range Chardonnay 2010, Orange. 

District Dining: 12 hour lamb shoulder, Moroccan spices, cauliflower salad and olives, 2009 McGuigan Cellar Select Shiraz 2009, Hunter Valley

Click here to check out the full list.