When it comes to weekends, we’re all about getting out the stretchy pants (or muumuu, whatever your eat-till-you-burst garment of choice may be) and hitting up an epic day of food, wine and awesome company. And where better to indulge than at Melbourne’s very own Federation Square, which hosts the VIC100 Wine Awards, complete with matched cheeses and one of Melbourne’s best pop-up restaurants, in a couple of weeks’ time?
Taking place on Saturday 5th September, VIC100 brings together one hundred of Victoria’s best wines and their makers, alongside delicious cheeses from the Yarra Valley Dairy. As well as an entire CENTURY of wines to work your way through (up for the challenge, anyone?!), the best wine in the state will be awarded, with the #1 and regional winners all available for sipping. Want to know what wine to treat your Dad to on Father’s Day – —it’s Sunday 6th, folks! – or what to pick up to impress your wine buff mates? VIC100 is where you’ll find it.
Top seasonal restaurant Pei Modern will be in attendance too, providing a pop-up bistro for you hungry VIC100 food fans. Promising a menu built upon fresh, locally-sourced produce and rich winter flavours, it’s guaranteed to be a pop-up that’ll provide something more exciting than standard street food fare.
If it’s the Yarra Valley Dairy’s cheese that’s got you hooked, you’ll be in for a treat: 7 of the dairy’s incredible cheeses will be available for matching. We caught up with head judge and VIC100 wine curator Nick Stock for a run-down of what goes with what:
- Persian Fetta & Heathcote Shiraz
Rich and bold, this combo packs a punch.
- Gentle Goat & Henty or Great Western Riesling
Creamy and crisp, ideal for a light afternoon tipple.
- Yering Cow’s Milk Cheese & Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir
Butter (think camembert) and berries make for a mouth-watering duo.
- Vintage Savourine Ashed Goat’s Cheese & Grampians Sparkling Red
The perfect cheeseboard combo! Just add fruit bread and spiced chutney.
- Le Jack Goat’s Cheese & Geelong Chardonnay
Earthy and fresh, most delicious with nuts and quince paste.
- Saffy Cow’s Milk Cheese & Yarra Valley Chardonnay
Zesty and fruit-filled, great for you citrus lovers.
- Black Savourine Ashed Goat’s Cheese & Beechworth Cabernet Sauvignon
Complex and flavourful…Not for the faint-hearted!
So, you’re already a wine nut and you’re keen to polish your local knowledge. What’s in it for you? The VIC100 masterclass, hosted by head judge and curator Nick Stock, gives you everything you need to understand the world of Victorian wines. Not only will you be brushing up on your basic wine tasting skills, you will walk away with some insights into the different regions in Victoria (and maybe finally settle that Yarra Vs. Mornington argument!), as well as learn how to select different wines for different meals and occasions.
“Australian wine is stronger than ever before,” says Nick. “The variety and passion of producers is nowhere more prevalent than in Victoria, with the regions showcasing some superb examples of classic styles, as well as new and exciting blends.”
Book your tickets for both the VIC100 tasting showcase and Nick’s masterclass in all things wine here, and lock that date in your diary, Listers....Or win a pair of passes to both the VIC100 masterclass AND Spring Flavour Exchange by entering our competition:
VIC100 | 1pm – 5pm, Saturday 5th September
Federation Square, Melbourne CBD
General admission tickets are $46.00 pp, with masterclass tickets priced at $36.40 pp plus booking fee
Terms and conditions: Prize includes 2 x Event Passes to Spring Flavour Exchange (either date) and VIC100 Wine Awards, including 2 x spots at the VIC100 Masterclass held at 2pm on Saturday 5th September. Competition closes 11:59pm AEST, Sunday 30th August. Winners will be notified via email. By entering your email address, you agree to be added to the Flavour Exchange/VIC100 database, and The Urban List Melbourne database.
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