Al­ways a best-cel­lar

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine -

PERTH’S wine lovers have a far greater chance of meet­ing and spend­ing time with some of Aus­tralia and the world’s bet­ter known wine peo­ple than wine lovers in most of the world’s great ci­ties.

In Mel­bourne, for ex­am­ple, there are dozens of high-pro­file wine stores and restau­rants re­quest­ing these in­dus­try icons’ time when they are vis­it­ing.

Most of these venues will not get the chance to play host, as these sought-af­ter vis­i­tors can only do so much.

WA has few stores that, for ei­ther wine knowl­edge or le­gal rea­sons, can host these events.

It is far eas­ier here to re­ceive in­vites to most events hosted by in­dus­try’s wine icons by join­ing just a few venue data­bases.

Steve’s in Ned­lands, with its fa­mous cel­lar space and un­matched range of Bordeaux and Bur­gundies in WA, is just one ex­am­ple of these wine event venues.

Jane Fer­rari, Yalumba’s la­conic, down-to-earth and no-frills brand am­bas­sador, will host an Aged and Rare New Re­lease and Mu­seum tast­ing on Wed­nes­day, May 18.

Steve’s cel­lar fol­lows this with one of two ex­trav­a­gan­zas for the year when they host Bollinger’s In­ter­na­tional Brand Am­bas­sador on Thurs­day, June 9 at a din­ner with the Spe­cial Cu­vée that con­sis­tently tops our masked line­ups of NV Cham­pagnes and the two Grand An­née re­leases.

There are tast­ings on the last Wed­nes­day of each month af­ter this, with a Cullen din­ner fea­tur­ing the new Kevin John chardon­nay and Diana Made­line caber­net mer­lots.

Tor­breck plays host to a din­ner in July which in­cludes their very ex­pen­sive and in­ter­na­tional su­per­stars, RunRig and The Laird.

Au­gust has an­other high­light with a cel­lar din­ner of a dozen aged Bordeaux’s se­lected from the range of vin­tages pur­chased over the decades.

I sug­gest you join the data­bases for Steves in Ned­lands, Old Bridge Cel­lars in North Fre­man­tle, Grand Cru Wine Shop in Mt Law­ley, La Vigna in Menora, The Re Store in Leed­erville and Swan­bourne Cel­lars.

Steve’s cel­lar.

With John Jens

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