Winter Drinks In Melbourne

Here’s a roundup of some of the most interesting and educational events to imbibe at this winter, so you can quaff with an air of authority.

Crittenden’s Cellar Door in Collingwood, Project 49
Crittenden Estate is coming to Collingwood with a pop-up cellar door this weekend. Sit down with winemaker Rocco Esposito and wife Lisa Pidutti and explore latest releases and new vintages.
Friday 28th July 4pm - 8pm; 29th and 30th July, 12pm - 5pm
$20, 10-12 tastings paired with a matched charcuterie plate

Festa Del Barolo, Price Wine Store
A weeklong series of dinners hosted by a collective of local Italian wine importers. Six dinners across the city will highlight the most significant communes in this revered wine growing region from La Morra to Serralunga. Each night a different restaurant will be cooking traditional fare from the region matched to a bracket of wines from that particular commune.
Monday 31st July – 6th August
$210 - $250

The evolution of wine, The Recreation.
Four courses paired with four classic Australian wines. Each course will be served with three exemplary vintages from different decades, so each variety can be compared as its expression changes over time.
Wednesday 23rd August
$300, four courses with 12 tastings

Languedoc-Roussillon Dinner, French Saloon
A showcase of smaller, independent producers from France’s largest wine growing region. Over a seafood feast you will explore a vast array of grape varieties from surprising and refreshing whites; to savoury rosé with depth and minerality; and lifted, meaty reds.
Wednesday 23rd August
$120, four courses with matched wines
Bookings: +61 3 9600 2142,

Silk Road Beer Launch Dinner, Bar Liberty
Perhaps not a historically-accurate tasting, but an interesting one nonetheless. Each beer is inspired by traditional drinks enjoyed at stops along the great Northern and Southern silk routes.
Friday 28th July
$100pp Five courses with matched beers + welcome beer