Noisy Ritual Urban Winery – Saturday 29th Novmber
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Another great lunch at The Town Mouse – Melbourne
www.thetownmouse.com.au

A fleeting visit through Melbourne on the way back from Singapore allowed time for only one lunch, so a return to the Town Mouse seemed like a good idea, give the wonderful experience we had last time. And we had another great lunch, really enjoying some small plates to start and then a much larger plate to share for main course, this time a 900gram (more like 1.3kg) slow-roasted shoulder of lamb that was cooked to perfection, the dish further enhanced by a glass of Bella Ridge Estate Beau Pere 2005, a smoky, meaty, hedonistic blend of the best barrels from this most fascinating winegrower in the Swan Valley http://www.bellaridge.com.au  A full review on the Town Mouse in the pipeline and looking like a strong candidate for my restaurant of the year.  Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Kara Maisano, Sommelier at Masani Italian Dining & Terrace, Melbourne, Australia
Kara Maisano, Sommelier at Masani Italian Dining & Terrace, Melbourne, Australia

The Yalumba ‘Virgilius’ Viognier from Eden Valley is very luscious and layered in the autumn.Sommelier Kara Maisano Read More >

Obituary – Jacques HERAUDEAU 13.12.1943 – 23.2.2014 Chef-Owner of La Madrague
Jacques. smelling the roses

I was deeply saddened by the news that Chef Jacques Heraudeau passed away, Sunday, 23rd February, 2014, losing a two year battle with cancer, at 71 years of age, before his time. Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Ollie Yan Qiu Wang, Sommelier at The Smith Restaurant & Bar, Melbourne, Australia
Ollie Yan Qiu Wang, Sommelier at The Smith Restaurant & Bar, Melbourne

(pronounced suh-mal-’yAy)

In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies. So what does a modern day Sommelier actually do? Well, Wikipedia outlines as such, “A sommelier or wine steward is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food matching. The most important work of a sommelier is in the areas of wine procurement, wine storage, wine cellar rotation, and expert service to wine consumers.” Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Tim Sacklin, Sommelier at Rosetta, Melbourne, Australia
Tim Sacklin, Sommelier at Rosetta, Melbourne, Australia

“I am studying wines from Montalcino at the moment and tend to be drinking as many as I can afford.  Brunello di Montalcino has a nobility that marries power and elegance seamlessly.” Tim Sacklin, Sommelier at Rosetta, Melbourne Read More >

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2014 – Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience 1 – 2 March
Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience - Photo by Daniel Mahon

The hallmark wine event of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne (28 February – 16 March 2014), Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience, returns with once-in-a-lifetime wine tastings guided by international authorities Tim Atkin MW (UK) and Chateau Coutet’s Aline Baly (France), joined by some of Australia’s most influential wine experts including Andrew Caillard MW (Langton’s, Sydney), Phillip Jones (Bass Phillip, Gippsland) and Rick Kinzbrunner (Giaconda, Beechworth). Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Chris McPherson, An Australian Sommelier in New York
chris

“I was back home in Melbourne, Australia recently and dined at Cumulus Up which is the wine bar above Cumulus restaurant. Unpretentious knowledgeable service and perfectly executed food that were great pairings to what we were drinking. I love the food and wine scene in Melbourne.”  Sommelier Chris McPherson Read More >

THE GRADUATE – Exclusive Season at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne – Jerry Hall stars as the legendary seductress, the sexy sultry Mrs Robinson
The Graduate - Her Majesty's Theatre

Adapted from Charles Webb’s novel and the Oscar winning film, The Graduate is at once a moving coming of age story and a terrifically funny black comedy. With the rise of the “Cougar”, the production is as relevant today as it was the day it was written, “The Graduate” is set against a soundtrack of some of the most memorable songs of the sixties including Wouldn’t It Be Nice – by The Beach Boys, Everybody’s Talkin – by Harry Nilsson and, of course, The Sound Of Silence & Mrs Robinson – by Simon and Garfunkel. Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Mark Protheroe, Our Man from Down Under, Head Sommelier of Grossi Restaurant Group, Melbourne, Australia
Mark Protheroe, Head Sommelier of Grossi Restaurant Group, Melbourne

(pronounced suh-mal-’yAy)

In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies. So what does a modern day Sommelier actually do? Well, Wikipedia outlines as such, “A sommelier or wine steward is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food matching. The most important work of a sommelier is in the areas of wine procurement, wine storage, wine cellar rotation, and expert service to wine consumers.” Read More >