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NSW Wine Festival 2011 – participating chefs, restaurants

February 23, 2011toMarch 31, 2011


Dine with NSW Wine.  Tour of the Regions degustation dinners with the cream of NSW Chefs and the best of NSW Wines.
Click for Sydney Cellar Door 26-27 February Hyde Park info

  • 28 February to 31 March 2011 – various venues

The Sydney Morning Herald NSW Wine Festival 2011 allows everyone the opportunity to  explore the best NSW  has to offer during the whole of March 2011, with special wine-matched menus at participating restaurants throughout NSW.  Celebrate the NSW Wine Festival at lunch or dinner, from just $30-$50 including wine.

Exclusive Degustation Dinners – Tour of the Regions
Arguably the jewel in the crown of the NSW Wine Festival is a series of exclusive degustation dining experiences, designed to tell the stories of wine and food in New South Wales.  Each dinner has an individual theme which offers a unique insight into the wine regions of NSW and the food philosophies of the celebrated Sydney chefs involved.

Mark Best from Marque, Adam Humphrey from Restaurant Arras, Armando Percuoco from Buon Ricordo and Giovanni Pilu from Pilu at Freshwater will present dinners with an unrivalled range of NSW’s best wines from leading producers including Audrey Wilkinson, Bimbadgen, Brokenwood, Cumulus Estate Wines, Glandore, Logan, Nugan Estate, Scarborough Wine Company and Tyrrells.

James Agnew, Chair of the NSW Wine Strategy, says these are exceptional dinner experiences for Sydney-siders to enjoy: “These nights are much more than your standard degustation dinner. We’ve teamed up the icons of the Sydney restaurant scene and put them together with NSW’s most talented winemakers and wine and food celebrities, to create a roomful of culinary and viticultural knowledge and showcase food and wine’s history, current trends and cutting edge future. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy and learn about the exceptional food and wine of our State”.

Tickets to all dinner events are from $150 per person including degustation menu and wine.

Tuesday March 1
•Restaurant Arras ~ Tour of the Regions Dinner with Adam Humphrey & Huon Hooke
•Host Chefs: Adam Humphrey & Lovaine Allen
•MC: Huon Hooke
•Winemakers from: Tempus Two – winner of the NSW Wine of the Year
•Price: $160 per person
•Time: 6.30 for 7pm
•Bookings Essential: 02 9252 6285, Restaurant Arras, Ground Floor, 24 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay 2000
•Experience: The Best of the NSW Wine Awards Trophy Winners Dinner
•What a way to start the series of ‘Tour of the Regions’ Dinners! An exceptional degustation menu of finely crafted dishes matched to the ultimate selection of Trophy winning wines from the recent NSW Wine Awards.

This dinner will unite the talents of Chef, Adam Humphrey; Scott Comyns winemaker of the NSW Wine of the Year, and one of Australia’s most renowned wine critics and Chair of the NSW Wine Awards Judging panel, Huon Hooke. Explore the ‘best of the best’ of NSW Wine with their experienced guidance, learn what the experts think are the cream-of-the-crop from NSW’s 14 diverse regions and find out what it takes to make a Trophy winning wine.

Thursday March 3
•Pilu at Freshwater  ~ Tour of the Regions Dinner with Giovanni Pilu & James Agnew
•Host Chef: Giovanni Pilu
•MC: James Agnew
•Winemakers from: Audrey Wilkinson, Tyrrell’s and Nugan Estate
•Price: $150 per person
•Time: 6.30 for 7pm
•Bookings Essential: 02 9938 3331, Pilu at Freshwater, End of Moore Road, Freshwater 2096
•Experience: Passionate family-owned wineries, alongside passionate cuisine
•With an undeniable Sardinian approach, Giovanni Pilu has firmly planted a flag claiming the Northern Beaches of Sydney in the name of passionately-made, thrilling Italian cuisine. Join him and host, James Agnew – Chair of the NSW Wine Strategy, in an equally passionate discussion with some of NSW’s most dynamic winemakers. 75% of the wineries in NSW are family owned-and-run businesses and the winemakers attending tonight are from some of NSW Wines’ most successful and engaging family wine businesses, offering guests the chance to learn about the benefits of a family business, the challenges and the legacies while enjoying the superb selection of food and wine.

Wednesday March 9
•Buon Ricordo ~ Tour of the Regions Dinner with Armando Percuoco & Lyndey Milan
•Host Chefs: Armando Percuoco
•MC: Lyndey Milan
•Winemakers from: Glandore, Cumulus Estate Wines and Brokenwood
•Price: $160 per person
•Time: 6.30 for 7pm
•Bookings Essential: 02 9360 6729, Buon Ricordo, 108 Boundary St, Paddington 2021
•Experience: Matching NSW wines with Mediterranean CuisinesArmanda Percuoco is an icon of the Sydney restaurant scene for his authentic Italian cuisine. Several NSW Winemakers have also shown their love-affair with Mediterranean cuisines and the International grapes which match these dishes so well, by making an exciting range of wines from grapes such as Pinot Grigio, Tempranillo and Sangiovese.  Chat with these NSW winemakers, Armando himself and host, renowned food and wine celebrity Lyndey Milan, about the tricks of the trade for matching NSW wines with these delicious and exciting cuisines. Buon Ricordo means ‘good memories’ and this event will definitely leave you with just that!

Wednesday March 16   
•Marque Restaurant – Tour of the Regions Dinner with Mark Best & Joanna Savill
•Host Chef: Mark Best
•MC: Joanna Savill
•Winemakers from: Bimbadgen, Logan and Scarborough Wine Co.
•Price: $160 per person
•Time: 6.30 for 7pm
•Bookings Essential: 02 9332 2225, Marque Restaurant, 4/5 355 Crown Street, Surry Hills 2010
•Experience: Cutting edge food and wine: the unexpected from the extraordinary
•The first time a ‘Tour of the Regions’ Dinner will be held at this world-class restaurant!
•Marque’s Owner/Chef Mark Best is very aptly named, as his restaurant can definitely make claim to being amongst the best in the world. Marque holds a position within the Worlds 50 Best Restaurant Awards (2010 Breakthrough Award), displays 3 hats and the coveted title of ‘Restaurant of the Year’ in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and has achieved the highest marks for both food and wine in the Gourmet Traveller guide.
•During this degustation menu, Mark’s cutting edge cuisine will be matched with wines created by equally forward-thinking winemakers who are striving to push the boundaries of modern winemaking and create a true combination of brains and beauty! Talking of brains and beauty, who better to host the evening than Joanna Savill co-editor of The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide.

These dinners are part of The Sydney Morning Herald NSW Wine Festival program, which kicks off on Saturday 26th February with Sydney Cellar Door in Hyde Park South from 11am – 6pm (Sat 26th & Sun 27th).  Sydney Cellar Door will showcase around 100 premium NSW wineries from our 14 regions plus live entertainment and gourmet food stalls from leading restaurants and producers. Entry is free with tasting glasses $5 and tasting tokens $4

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