What happened at the first Noosa Fabulous Ladies Wine Soiree!

The leaders of the free world may have been flying in from all over the globe for the G20, but the first ever Noosa Fabulous Ladies Wine Soiree on Thursday 13th November 2014 with De Bortoli Wines was where all the fabulousness in Queensland was happening!

on the terrace

With views of the sun setting over the Noosa River from our gorgeous venue Thomas Corner, the evening commenced with a glass of Rococo Premium Cuvee NV and buckwheat blinis with salmon caviar out on the deck. Special guest host Leanne De Bortoli effortlessly chatted with guests and welcomed them to the evening, while the sound of lorikeets echoed through the balmy air.


Leanne also had her eldest daughter Kate Webber with her, and it was a thrill to welcome a whole new generation of fabulous De Bortoli women to the event!

Once seated inside, the balmy evening air thick with laughter and easy conversation, guests were served refreshing glasses of Bella Riva Pinot Grigio 2013 and La Boheme Pinot Gris and Friends 2013 to try, alongside a stunning plate of wood smoked barramundi with finger lime.

Leanne gave her favourite analogy to explain the difference between the two wines. “The Pinot Grigio is like Gwyneth Paltrow, lean, bouncy, fresh,” said Leanne. “While the Pinot Gris is rounder and fuller, more like Kate Winslet.” And, just like that, everyone in the room totally understood!


Next came the Yarra Valley Estate Grown Chardonnay 2013 and the La Boheme Pinot Noir Rose 2014, with a delicious quail toast with eschalott paste, cress and vincotto.

As always, the La Boheme Act 2 Pinot Noir Rose wowed everyone, and the clean, crisp Chardonnay brought a few ABC (anything but chardonnay) drinkers back into the fold! This was followed by the reds – the Dixon’s Creek Vineyard Selection A8 Syrah Yarra Valley and the Riorret ‘The Abbey Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 2012, with confit duck and spiced corella pears.

Leanne took the opportunity to talk about reds from the Yarra Valley are so special, and why they call the Shiraz a ‘Syrah’. “It’s a more elegant style,” explained Leanne. “And we want to differentiate it from a big Barossa or McLaren Vale Shiraz. This is an entirely different wine altogether.”

The evening ended with a luscious glass of Deen Vat 5 Botrytis Semillon 2009 – the little brother of the famous Noble One – and Poached Tamarillo with Vanilla Bean Icecream. And a lot of satisified sighs.

The feedback has been amazing, so thank you if you attended this event and have taken the time to write to us or share a comment via our Facebook page. We can’t wait to get back to Noosa!

In the meantime, don’t forget to do our online wine club each month. It’s fabulous!