Mike Bennie’s top five ‘To Drink’ events

No stranger to the world of wine and drinks, we asked wine writer Mike Bennie to share his top picks from the Festival’s To Drink events:

  1. An old adage amongst wine people is ‘it takes a lot of beer to make great wine’ so with that in mind, the Melbourne Beerfest is probably a great place to locate a large portion of the wine crew fronting up to the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival – the event looks to be more informative than just sipping down brewskies, with a touch of culture and history thrown into the mix. Count me in.
  2. The hallowed interior of Ormond Hall makes for a spectacular backdrop for what surely will be the most raucous, ahem, sophisticated of long wine lunches, when Sommeliers Australia hosts Sommeliers Long Lunch complete with wine and food matching, wine games and more.
  3. Swapping speed dating with speed wine tasting sounds like a recipe for good times, in my book, and the Slow Boat To The Pyrenees event offers not only the chance to hang out with Pyrenees winemakers, but cruise the Yarra River while doing it. All aboard!
  4. This is one for the more hardcore wine geeks, but is becoming an increasingly important discussion vis-à-vis sustainability and heading to more natural winegrowing practices – irrigation forms the backdrop for a blind tasting at the Turning Water Into Wine event hosted by premier wine merchants, Armadale Cellars. See if you can pick the irrigated from dry-grown wines.
  5. The Dal Zotto family of King Valley are a great bunch, and the idea of ‘a pool party’ on the King River, including floating around on Lilos while sipping prosecco seems a little too good to be true. Go regional for Lilos and Prosecco and make a day of it in the King Valley. Sounds mighty fun.

Mike will be moderating the Storm in a Wine Glass session as part of Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience 1 - 2 March 2014.

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