What happened at the Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Soiree in Canberra with ArtWine

The funky A Baker Restaurant was our venue for our first ever Canberra Fabulous Ladies Wine Soiree with ArtWine on Wednesday 15th October 2014.

Our Fabulous Ladies catching up at A Baker in Canberra

And what a fabulous night it was! The chefs from A Baker prepared a superbly matched menu to suit the gorgeous range of wines our special host, Judy Kelly had personally chosen from her ArtWine range.

The evening began with Globe Artichoke, Fresh Curd and Lemon Balm Canapés matched with ArtWine’s Coco Premium Sparkling NV, one of our current favourite bubblies.  This delightful pairing brought out all those delicious strawberry and peach notes, and left our tastebuds longing for another sip!

A fabulous way to start the evening! Glasses of ArtWine Coco Premium Sparkling NV

After time spent catching up with old friends and new, we were then seated for the Charcuterie Plate served with Artisan Bread, matched with the award-winning ArtWine 2013 Polkadot Crispy White (Gold Medal – Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2013) and the ArtWine 2012 Pinot Grigio (5 medals from the Royal Sydney, Royal Adelaide, Clare Valley and Winestate Magazine Wine Shows).  Both delightful wines for summer, everyone had difficulty choosing their favourite from these two exceptional wines!

Judy Kelly, owner of ArtWine, chatting with our Fabulous Ladies

Our first mains of Shaw River buffalo mozzarella, shaved turnip, smoked walnuts, black garlic and Freemantle octopus, smoked hot sauce, guanciale, apple, yuzu dressing were served with ArtWine’s 2013 Fiano (a new taste sensation to many who’d never tried a Fiano before, with gorgeous aromatics of violets and florals with hints of nutty characteristics and a dry finish – delicious!) and their 2013 Polkadot Temp-tress Rose, a delicious, pale pink Rose made from Tempranillo with notes of strawberries and luscious berries and finishing dry with savoury flavours.

The second mains of Dutton Park duck breast, artichokes, peas, maple, marrow and Tumut trout, smoked corn, lardo, sorrel accompanied ArtWine’s 2012 Graciano (an exciting Spanish variety, deep garnet in colour and displaying dark red Morello cherries and hints of five-spice flavours) and 2012 Tempranillo, a very palatable easy drinking Spanish variety.

Chatting over glasses of ArtWine 2013 Fiano and Temp-tress Rose

To finish, A Baker presented a Cheese Platter and Petit Fours served with the 2012 Feral Farmer, a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon creating a classic Bordeaux sensation. With aromas of berry fruits and anise and hints of luscious dark chocolate, its integrated French oak, gives long palate length with soft tannins on the finish.

As usual, the tone was animated as fabulous ladies chatted the night away over the winning wine and food combinations, stopping in between courses to hear from Judy Kelly who introduced each wine with the love and knowledge only a true vintner can impart.

Thank you to Judy Kelly and ArtWine for making our Canberra Fabulous Ladies Wine Soiree at A Baker so utterly fabulous!! The full photo album from the night can be found here.

See you next time, Canberra!

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