Last Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending the Sunshine Coast’s first Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society event. Held at the stylish and popular Thomas Corner Eatery, the Noosa Fabulous Ladies Wine Soiree featured a selection of award-winning wines paired with a delectable five-course dinner. Sounds fantastic right? But even better when the wines are De Bortoli and with Leanne Dr Bortoli herself co-hosting the evening and sharing her profound wine knowledge.
The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society is Australia’s wine community for women, and provides a fun, feminine and slightly tongue-in-cheek look at the world of wine. And while the tone is playful, the goal is serious – to communicate the joys and nuances of wine to an increasingly interested group of female wine consumers.
Having attended a number of wine events in the past, I have to say that this is one of the best I have been to. The wines were carefully chosen to match the food, and not one but two wines were served with most of the five courses. We at Noosa Foodie LOVE generosity!
Apart from having the opportunity to taste some outstanding wines, I actually learnt a lot about wine, thanks to Leanne De Bortoli, third generation to work in the family wine business. Leanne spoke of her passion for the Yarra Valley, the wines from that region and gave us some excellent tips for selecting and enjoying wine.
The food and wine menu looked like this:
Buckwheat blinis, avocado puree & unpasteurised Yarra Valley salmon caviar
NV De Bortoli Rococo Premium Cuvee Sparkling, Yarra Valley
Wood smoked barramundi, local zucchinis & finger limes
2013 Bella Riva Pinot Grigio, Yarra Valley
2013 la Boheme Pinot Gris & Friends, Yarra Valley
Quail toast, eschallot paste, Betty’s cress & vincotto
2013 De Bortoli Dixens Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
2014 la Boheme Dry Pinot Rose, Yarra Valley
Confit duck, spiced Corella pears
2012 De Bortoli Dixens Creek Vineyard Section A8 Syrah, Yarra Valley
2012 Riorret, The Abbey Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley
Poached tamarillos, vanilla bean ice-cream
2009 De Bortoli Vat 5 Botrytis Semillon Bilbul, NSW
I can’t think of a better way to spend a balmy Noosa evening, enjoying excellent food and wine and mixing with a great group of ladies. Cheers to that and I’m looking forward to the next Noosa Ladies Wine Event.