Sydney Fabulous Ladies Wine Soiree – February 28th, 2013

The rain may have been pouring down outside, but the temperature inside the Gazebo Wine Garden for our first Sydney Fabulous Ladies Wine Soiree last Thursday night was hot, Hot, HOT!!

Thank you to all the fabulous ladies (the room was packed!!) who joined us for an AMAZING evening. There was simply too much fun to be had!!!!

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The evening started out with two different sparkling wines – a Vinaceous Blanc de Blanc NV & a Stocco Ribolla Gialla Brut from Italy – served up with freshly shucked oysters and nectarine granita in the private Rose Garden.

We were so privileged to have Sarah Limacher, Head Sommelier for the entire Keystone Group (who operate the Gazebo Wine Garden, and 13 other venues across Sydney) present at our event for the whole evening. She managed and served up all the wines, expertly ensuring everyone had the right vino at the right time. She was an absolute powerhouse of delight.

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Sarah Limacher – the (most fabulous) Head Sommelier of the Keystone Group

By the time we all sat down to dinner, the decibel level had already risen to new heights! Old friends caught up, and new friends were instantly made over a sip or two of bubbly. What we absolutely love about these evenings is that a wide range of women attend, right across the age spectrum, and by the end of the night everyone had met some amazing new people and felt the power of the sisterhood at work!

With chef extraordinaire Matthew Kemp in the kitchen, we knew the food was going to be absolutely outstanding. But our expectations were still superseded by the quality and flavour of dishes he and his staff plated up. Seriously. Jaw droppingly. Delicious.

Monsieur Kemp thrilled everyone by stepping out of the kitchen at the end of the meal to chat to us all! What a gentleman.

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The wines from Vinaceous, and the Italian selection provided by Navilgi Wines, were all exquisite and there was much fun to be had voting for our favourite with each course. The dry Salome Tempranillo Rose from Vinaceous was a bit of a crowd favourite, as was the Italian sourced Mocavero Primitivo 2008. But all the wines poured that evening had everyone ooh-ing and aah-ing at every sip.

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Nick Stacy from Vinaceous Wines (centre) with Natalie Manning from Inside Cuisine (left) and Jane Thomson (right)
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Andrea Morrizoni & Louise Arena from Navigli Italian Wines, with Sally Cantelo and Jane Thomson (left to right)

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Thanks to everyone who joined us, to the amazing staff of the Gazebo Wine Garden, and to Nick Stacy from Vinaceous – who joined us all the way from Western Australia – and Andrea and Louise from Navigli who were utterly delightful!

Can’t wait to do it again soon Sydney! In the meantime, make sure you’ve Joined Us and you’re also hanging out with us at those online bars known as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram so you don’t miss out on any future fabulousness coming to your town!!


  1. Maggi Brown

    Will you be posting any of the other photos taken on the night?

    1. The Fabulous Ladies

      Hi Maggi! You can access the full photo album via our Facebook page 🙂 Just click on the link above (at the bottom of the article). Cheers!

  2. Joanne McDonald

    Thanks for a wonderful night…..great food, great wine, fabulous company. Look forward to the next one.

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