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After a strugGle with the
Subiaco Council, artist and
restaurateur MurRay GilL and
partner, Juanita, have opened
a smalL bar on the corner of
Rokeby and Heytesbury roads,
Subiaco. Nestled at the back
of their art store, GilL &
HilLe Merchants, it’s casual
and very welcoming – like
sitTing in a friend’s house.
Furnished with mismatched
old-style furniture and
serving a smalL but very goOd
selection of tapas, the bar
is proving very popular.
There’s a decent range of
wines and spirits on ofFer,
and the foOd changes daily.
Get the goss on the go from leading
wine critic James Halliday. The
Australian Wine Companion 2012
app contains nearly 70,000 tasting
notes on wines from the past decade.
Search by winery, wine name/variety
price, region, A-Z or vintage, or use
the ‘near me’ map view function.
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“When you have a dinner
party, you match the
wine to the menu you
present. It’s the same with
chocolate,” says Denmark
chocolatier John Wade,
former chief winemaker
from Howard Park Wines
and founder of Dark
Side Chocolates. John
is hosting a chocolate
and wine masterclass
and 30. winewa.asn.au .
Timber Town Trophies
The Timber Towns Regional Wine Show is a
chance for WA’s lesser-known wine regions of
Blackwood Valley, Pemberton and Manjimup
to strut their stuff. This year’s top-scoring cool
climate wine was the Truffle Hill Chardonnay
2010 from Manjimup’s Wine and Truffle Co.
Slightly cheaper than truffles (it sells for around
$26 a bottle), buy it online at wineandtruffle.com .au.
Best red of the show went to the Nannup Ridge
shiraz 2010, available online at nannupridge.com.au .
City small bar Andaluz (pictured above) is hosting
a regular series of intimate, free wine tastings
throughout the cooler months. “It’s our way of giving
back to the public,” says venue manager Jarle
Almeland. “We’re keen to assist in the understanding
of wine and its processes.” Limited to a maximum of
15 people, each weekly tasting starts at 6pm sharp
and goes for a couple of hours. “It’s first in, best
dressed,” says Jarle. Full details at andaluzbar.com.au .
Some of WA’s lesser-known varieties are on show
at the Swan Valley Twilight Wine Tasting. Try
tempranillo, grenache, petit verdot and more
at Mandoon Estate on April 21. “Tempranillo is
an exciting new variety that’s really well suited
to the Swan Valley’s warmer climate,” says local
winemaker Derek Pearse. There’ll also be guided
tours of the winery and chats about the 2012
vintage. swanvalleywinemakers.com.au .
With over 300 local wines available for tasting, a
shuttle bus service running from neighbouring
townships and a full program of live entertainment,
the Margaret River Wine Festival promises to be
one humdinger of a wine event. Held on Saturday
14 April at Palmer Wines in Dunsborough, tickets
cost $35 and include tastings and entertainment
for the kids. Visit margaretriverfestival.com.au.
Want to explore and learn more
about WA wines? Of course you do.
The following events offer multiple
opportunities to do just that...
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