Over the last two years I created a number of wine events in Perth inviting wine lovers to 'Wine & Dine" experiences. Wine dinners have become popular and these days you can attend them on a regular basis. Some of you may think theses dinners are quite fancy and why would we want to drink so many wines with a number of dishes when we can just have one wine and one dish? Well, when I go out with my husband Sonny we always order at least 2-3 dishes and wines so we can share. This is when we use our favourite one-liner 'You know, just like Sonny and Cher'.
What I'm trying to say is, that wine dinners don't have to be fancy. They can be casual, fun and really good value. When your favourite restaurant creates a wine dinner, it most often means that the chef has specially created dishes they don't have on the regular menu. When I host a wine dinner, it is important to me, that I'm creating an unique experience by selecting wines you may not usually order, because they are only available by the bottle or you are not familiar with the producer or grape variety. Selecting wines to pair with a dinner menu does sound fancy, I agree, though in reality it's not. When we cook a meal at home we chose ingredients that work together (just like meat and veg) so why not choose a wine that works really well with the food?
Let's say our wine itself is a good drop and the meal on it's own is delicious. Now imagine marrying both of them together and creating a whole new experience. It's not fancy, it's fun!
Over the next few weeks I'm hosting a number of wine dinners and I wanted to share a few insights to help you find your wine dinner style. Let's have a look.
One - The casual wine dinner at your local fish pub in Perth. Hang on, does fish pub and wine dinner go together? Isn't your local pub all about beer, well lets say craft beer? Yes, totally correct, but there are pub's, like Clancy's in Fremantle who don't just promote small breweries but also small boutique wineries. And that's why we decided to shine some light onto these small, cool, local Western Australian, South Australian and New Zealand winemaking friends. Think fish & chips, pulled lamb sliders and a scrumptious slow-cooked beef, along with two wines each course for you to pick your favourite, all for $59 per person. You don't need a 5-star restaurant to enjoy a wine pairing dinner. Check out all details for Clancy's Sipper Club #6 - Wine Pairing Supper on Thursday September 6 here.
Two - Long Table Wine Dinner. What does that actually mean? This is a dinner style where you get to meet other wine & food lovers, seated on one long table enjoying a selection of wines and in our case shared plates of traditional Thai food by Itsara. This is not your intimate romantic date option but a perfect opportunity dining out with friends or making new friends over great dinner conversations. 'Aromatics & Thai' is a collaboration of Itsara in Nedlands and Canny Grapes where we create an unique dining experience, set in Itsara's tropical garden, selecting aromatic wines (you most likely haven't had before) and pair them with exceptional food prepared by Itsara Pracharoenwattana. Again this is not necessary a fancy dinner, its a wine & dine experience of Royal Thai Food paired with eight wines that compliment each group of dishes, plus myself sharing a story about each wine. Our fourth edition of 'Aromatics & Thai' - Long Table Dinner attracting new and regular diners, is on October 4th. All details, including menu and how to book your tickets are available here.
Three - Degustation Wine Dinner. This certainly can be a special occasion, fine dining wine dinner, something we don't do every other week. The restaurant creates a spectacular menu based on each wine served with each course selected by their sommelier or a consultant like myself, who loves finding the perfect match for each dish or even better, creating a particular dish that pairs perfectly with the wine, taking the dining experience to a another level. One of my favourite degustation restaurants in Perth is Petite Mort in Shenton Park. I host a number of 'meet the maker' wine events here as well as my annual 'Champagne Degustation Dinner' celebrating Global Champagne Day and our love for champagne. This is a dinner where I select six wines from Champagne, France creating a unique journey showcasing wines and special vintages from exclusive champagne producers, not necessarily the biggest and most famous. So if you share a love of champagne like me and want to experience an exclusive Champagne Degustation Dinner at Petite Mort, indulging in six selected champagnes and a five-course degustation menu, book in 18th October 2018. For details and tickets follow the link here.
Then there are also 'meet the maker' wine dinners where each winery collaborates with their favourite restaurant to showcase their new releases. Here you get to meet the people from your favourite winery while enjoying a delicious dinner.
Three dinner styles, three dates. I look forward seeing you.