Tasting Australia 2021: the French events

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Tasting Australia 2021 is going ahead from 30 April to 9 May 2021 after the cancellation of the 2020 edition! The full program is currently available and tickets to some events have already sold out and others are selling fast. Within the program, there are plenty of French links – events revolving around champagne, sparkling wine, French food, French wines, and French varietals made here in Australia and in New Zealand.

Tasting Australia 2021

But it says SOLD OUT already?

You may see that many of the events listed below are sold out. But not to worry they’ve added a waitlist in case they decide to put on an extra event or in case COVID-19 restrictions ease allowing them to have more people at each event.




The Tasting Table: Pol Proof

30 Apr 2021

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Proof, Anster Street, ADELAIDE



Slip away to the elegant surrounds of the upstairs bar room within Adelaide’s first small bar, Proof, for a late afternoon featuring fine French champagne.


Deviation Road winemaker Kate Laurie will guide you on a seated flight of Pol Roger. Kate Laurie is a friend of the brand who honed her sparkling wine making craft in Champagne itself. Laurie is among Australia’s top sparkling winemakers, sourcing grapes from high-altitude Adelaide Hills vineyards and using traditional equipment and methods.


Pol Roger founded his eponymous champagne house in 1849. It quickly became a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill, who noted, “Champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced, the imagination is equally stirred, the wits become more nimble.” This family-owned company is based in Épernay and holds a unique place in the hearts of Australian champagne lovers.



The Tasting Table: Krug Front Bar

01 May 2021 & 02 May 2021

10.00am – 11.00am


The Exeter


Olivier Krug is the current custodian of Krug champagne. This sixth generation family member has strong views on the best glass in which to enjoy his fine champagne.


Strangely though, he has given his blessing for Adelaide’s Exeter hotel to serve Krug in butcher glasses!


Tasting Australia drinks curator Nick Stock and Deviation Road winemaker Kate Laurie will lead this masterclass.


Taste a selection of vintages as you learn about the brand’s special relationship with the Exeter – one that sees individually numbered butcher glasses given to all who order a bottle of Krug. A very unlikely marriage but one that is working well.


Joseph Krug – a visionary non-conformist with an uncompromising philosophy – established his Reims champagne house in 1843. It remains family owned and is known around the world for its simultaneous poise and power.


Laurie, a heroine of all things bubbly, studied oenology in France and uses its traditional methods when making sparkling from her 130-acre property.


The Tasting Table: Bollinger and Daosa Balcony

06 May 2021


The Exeter Hotel



Join Tasting Australia drinks curator Nick Stock for an exclusive Bollinger tasting on the Exeter Hotel’s newly restored balcony with views across the East End.


Stock will share his selections and his thoughts on what sets this revered brand apart.


Bollinger – founded in the French village of Aÿ in 1829 – is known for its powerful, sophisticated and complex wines (and for being James Bond’s choice). The company is one of few remaining independent champagne houses and uses a long ageing process to add depth and finesse. Strict modern methods mean Bollinger is renowned for quality control, though its bottle is a nod to the past; it was redesigned in 2012 to reflect an 1846 relic found in the cellar.



The Tasting Table: Hey Jupiter Jura!

30 Apr 2021

3.30pm – 4.30pm



Small but mighty. It goes for the Jura as a wine region, and it definitely goes for Adelaide’s gorgeous French-inspired eatery Hey Jupiter.  At this Tasting Australia 2021 event, you will enjoy a tasting at Hey Jupiter’s outdoor tables where with a little imagination you could imagine yourself in a Parisian arrondissement.


The Tasting Table will allow you to discover why wines of the Jura are at the forefront of a contemporary fascination with traditional methods of farming and winemaking.


Leading your Tasting Australia masterclass is wine importer Andrew Guard, who will share the qualities that define Jura wines and share rare selections from this fascinating pocket of France.


The Jura, tucked between Burgundy and Switzerland, is one of the country’s most compact grape-growing areas. Chardonnay accounts for almost half the region’s plantings, though its most famous export of vin jaune is made with savagnin grapes.


In recent years wines from the Jura’s 2,000 hectares of vineyards have become pinups for natural wine and real tradition, with demand growing for the wide range of styles available and young winemakers increasingly inspired by the region’s methods.




Culinary voyage through the Mediterranean

02 May 2021

11.30am – 4.30pm



Take a voyage to the Mediterranean without leaving the State in this Tasting Australia 2021 event.


Hosted by McLaren Vale’s Serafino, you will enjoy a lunch inspired by the beautifully diverse cuisine of Mediterranean Europe. Head chef Alberto Occhipinti will enlighten you with traditional Mediterranean dishes made using the best seasonal Fleurieu Peninsula produce.


Each of the event’s four courses will be paired with alternative wine varieties from Serafino’s Bellissimo range – think Pinot Grigio, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Fiano. Kick off the fun with canapés and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.


Spain will influence your first dish, ahead of a stop in Italy and a French-inspired third course. Finish with a Greek-style dessert. Accolades for the Serafino restaurant include the 2019 Australian Good Food Guide Readers’ Choice Award.


Occhipinti’s dishes change with the seasons and are crafted to pair perfectly with wines from the surrounding vineyards. A late-afternoon finish gives you the perfect reason to stay overnight in one of Serafino’s 30 on-site rooms.


You can event stay at the property and take in the beautiful surrounds even longer. Special accommodation rates are available for guests attending this event, and transport can be arranged on request.


2KW Charcuterie Festival

02 May 2021

12.00pm – 2.00pm




2KW, with its beautiful rooftop views over Adelaide has teamed up with Adelaide’s premier charcutier, Massi Corrandini from Parma Handcrafted Meats, to create a feast showcasing the many flavours and styles of charcuterie.


The knowledgeable wine team from 2KW is busy sourcing wines from around the globe that will perfectly complement Corrandini’s amazing selection of meats.


Republic Regional wine & cheese series

02 May 2021

2.00pm – 5.00pm



There’s a lot to love about wine and cheese. Get along to Norwood’s Republic Hotel to celebrate these two South Australian specialties.


The venue’s Regional Wine & Cheese Series will feature boutique wine producers and artisan cheesemakers from the Clare Valley, Barossa, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.


Each ticket to this event includes tastings from 12 wineries and a cheese board. The Republic Hotel was built in 1880 and recently renovated to include a sleek new dining area.




The Tasting Table: Che Syrah

08 May 2021

3.30pm – 4.30pm



Two young guns with a passion for cool climate shiraz are joining forces to share their exceptional wares.


Melanie Chester and Michael Downer are leading a new generation of Australian winemakers. The award-winning pair honed their skills in South Australia and specialise in shiraz at its most nuanced.


Chester took the reins at Sutton Grange, near Bendigo, in 2015 with numerous accolades to her name. She believes it’s the site that matters most, not the winemaker, and leads production of the Estate and Fairbank ranges. Central Victorian granite soils are expressed through Chester’s work, with vines grown organically and wines traditionally handcrafted.


Downer leads Murdoch Hill near Oakbank in the Adelaide Hills and has quickly risen to become one of Australia’s hottest winemaking talents. His wines reflect both sound technical knowledge and an adventurous spirit, with his Landau syrah taking out three trophies – including best red – at the 2019 Adelaide Hills Wine Show.


Celebrate great young South Australian winemakers as we turn the spotlight to shiraz for this eight-wine tasting.


The Tasting Table: Cullen Wines

07 May 2021

3.00pm – 4.00pm

East End Cellars



Trailblazer Vanya Cullen comes to the Tasting Table with close to 40 years of winemaking experience at her family’s Margaret River estate. Environmental stewardship is at the heart of her decisions as managing director; both Cullen vineyards are certified biodynamic and use leading sustainable practices. Gather with us to explore wines lauded for their elegant expression of place. French varietals cabernet merlot, chardonnay, malbec, and sauvignon blanc-semillon are among the Cullen range – all dry farmed and nourished by ancient Wilyabrup soils.


Cullen was named Winemaker of the Year at the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion Awards, the latest accolade in a consistently impressive career.



01 May 2021

3.00pm – 4.00pm

Mother Vine



Giaconda is one of Australia’s most iconic producers. Its chardonnay leads the charge, consistently outgunning great bottles from Burgundy in blind tastings.


Founder Rick Kinzbrunner will make a rare festival appearance for this intimate tasting. The brilliant but elusive winemaker purchased Beechworth farmland in the 80s with a sense it would be suited to grape-growing. By 2006 he had been named one of the world’s top 10 best white winemakers by Decanter magazine.


Giaconda chardonnays have been lauded for their ability to push the boundaries and challenge the variety’s Australian blueprint. Seize your chance to enjoy a selection with the master who made them.


The Tasting Table: Bell Hill

08 May 2021

12.00pm – 1.00pm

Mother Vine



Image: Social Vignerons

Bell Hill is arguably New Zealand’s most exclusive producer of luxury chardonnay and pinot noir. Demand for each of the label’s vintages is always sky-high, with Kiwis clamouring to secure even one bottle each year.


Tasting Australia 2021 welcomes two winemakers from this historic vineyard – Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Velduizen – to the heart of Adelaide’s East End.



WHAT: Tasting Australia 2021

WHERE: Adelaide, South Australia

WHEN: 30 April – 9 May 2021

HOW: Tickets are available at https://tastingaustralia.com.au/program


Which events are you going to go to at Tasting Australia 2021?



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Discover French cocktails for World Bartenders Day

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Drink a French cocktail for World Bartenders Day, today! To celebrate World Bartenders Day we’re highlighting French cocktails available at French bars and restaurants around Australia. Plus recipes for cocktails you can make at home with French spirits to become your own bartender.

French Cocktails - World Bartenders Day


Haig Rd. Bistro

Barman / Bistro owner, Arvid Noack suggests Haig Rd. Bistro’s most popular cocktail for For World Bartenders Day. It’s called Alsace got me back.


20ml Alsatian Williams Pear liquor 
40ml Bombay sapphire Gin 
15ml lemon juice 
15ml sugar syrup 


Shake and dump into modern martini glass – topped w soda – garnish with cinnamon dusted half pear.

About the cocktail:
Avrid says “I lived for a while in Heidelberg, which is close to Strasbourg/ Alsace ! This cocktail brings back good memories …. good food , beverages & company!”


Les Bistronomes

Thomas Cutropia, Les Bistronomes’ French barman from Nice recommends the Old fashion provençal


30ml henri Bardouin pastis
30ml liqueur de paris almond liqueur
2 dash of angustura bitter
5ml Home-made lavender syrup

Stir in a mixing glass to melt the ice for 2/3 min as a original old fashion

Garnish wish a lavender flower

And enjoy with some friend playing pétanque



Frédéric’s barman, Shahin Chegini, suggests Le resistance, a French cocktail for World Bartenders Day.


50ml Vedrenne Le Gin 1&9
10ml La Gitana Manzanilla dry sherry
5ml Pernod Ricard
20ml fresh lemon juice


1. Muddle a slice of cucumber and dill in shaker tin

2. Rinse a chilled Nick and Nora glass with Pernod Ricard

3. Add the rest of the ingredients into a shaker tin with ice and vigorously shake for 2 seconds

4. Fine strain the liquid into the pre-rinsed glass

5. Garnish with a lemon twist

About: Original cocktail inspired by a dry sherry cobbler and south side

La Niche Café

Lydie Chopin, bartender at La Niche suggests the French 75 cocktail for World Bartenders Day.

It’s made from Gin, Champagne and Lemon Juice

French cocktails for World Bartenders Day

History: This cocktail was created at The New-York bar in Paris by Harry MacElhone during World War I. It was said that the combination had such a kick, it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun (also known as the French 75).


Bathers’ Pavilion

The barmen are Daniel Kelly and Verchial Mather

They recommend the Raspberry Beret cocktail for World Bartenders Day

Monkey 47 sloe Gin, Freshly made raspberry syrup fresh lime Egg white and Tanqueray Gin Garnished with a rose petal

About: The cocktail was inspired by the traditional whisky sour with a French twist to match with their fine deserts and after meal pairings.



Mind Spirits & Co.

Mikael from Mind Spirits & Co proposes a “French Connection”!

A beautiful story between France and Australia.

Miko Abouaf, Australian from Sydney is the owner of a magnificent Cognac distillery. It’s a distillery that creates products from sous-vide distillation (distillation at low temperatures).

The French Connection is an IBA Official Cocktail, and Mikael says it’s a good after dinner drink:


40ML of Covert Liqueur 33%
40ML of Naked Amaretto made in Melbourne from almonds and recycled apricot seeds.

Pour 40ml of Covert in a Cognac glass, add 40ml of naked Amaretto and 100g of ice. Stir gently with a cocktail spoon. 

That’s all there is to it.

What’s your favourite French cocktail? Which French cocktails for World Bartenders Day?

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