What happened at the Byron Bay Fabulous Ladies Wine Soiree with Raidis Estate

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Hanging out on a summer’s eve in Byron Bay at The Farm with Raidis Estate wine and 70 fabulous wine loving women – it doesn’t get much more perfect than that! The Byron Bay Fabulous Ladies Wine Soiree with Raidis Estate on Thursday 18 February 2016 was a rip roaring event which will forever go down in the history books as the biggest and most fabulous wine night Byron Bay has ever seen.

Hosted by Jane Thomson, founder of The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society, and Emma Raidis co-owner of sustainable, boutique winery Raidis Estate in Coonawarra (a real Fab Ladies favourite!), the gorgeous tin shed that is the Three Blue Ducks restaurant was filled to capacity with eager and happy fabulous ladies from all over the region. The weather was warm and sultry, the food divine and the wines ticked all the boxes for elegance and flavour.

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We began the evening out on the deck with views over the farm, while we sipped on the fresh and crisp Raidis Estate Kelpie Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and grazed on fresh oysters with finger lime granita and chicken parfait on toasts.

Once canapés were complete and laughter shared we moved inside to the two beautifully decorated long tables for the next four courses.

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A sneak peek at the table setting before everyone entered the room

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Emma Raidis was the hostess with the mostest, and regaled guests with stories of her life on the vineyard, the passion the family has for sustainable wine production and how this passion for sustainability and the environment led them to be the first winery in Australia to install a tesla recharge station for electric cars. She also revealed why all (but one) of their wines are named after goats! “The goats are let loose between the vines to eat the weeds and reduce the need for sprays,” she said. “Plus, they’re just adorable and such characters!”

Emma confessed that her favourite wine variety was Riesling, and she generously shared not one, but two vintages of Raidis Estate’s ‘The Kid’ Riesling paired with an entree of cured local white fish with butter milk, ginger and sea greens. We sipped and compared the newest 2015 offering to a bottle aged 2010 vintage. The room was divided as to which they preferred most, the steely, crisp, fresh Riesling or the mellowed, complex aged Riesling. For many in the room, is was the first time they’d ever had the chance to try two Rieslings like this side by side and it became a real highlight of the evening.
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Over the next two courses we tried the rest of the Raidis Estate range of Pinot Gris, Merlot, Shiraz and of course (being from Coonawarra!) their Cabernet Sauvignon. The Pinot Gris garnered loads of attention due to the unusual way in which it’s made. It’s given some skin contact which results in a gorgeous apricot blush and a much higher level of complexity and flavour than traditionally made Pinot Gris’. The reds matched gorgeously to the pressed lamb and cheese boards on the menu. The Raidis Estate Billy Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 was also a huge hit.

 

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Many thanks to all the ladies who joined us and to Emma Raidis for making the trip all the way from Coonawarra! The full photo album from the night can be viewed here and all the wines from the evening can be purchased directly from Raidis Estate here.

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