We missed the winemakers' dinner last year because it quickly booked out, so we were keen to be part of the 2017 event. This time Giant Steps in the Yarra Valley was paired with Yabby Creek on the Mornington Peninsular. While some people on the table has strong preferences for one wine over another, the general consensus was that all the wines were excellent, and that if it had been a competition there was no 'winner'.
The chef had chosen to prepare food that complimented the wines. On arrival we stood and were treated to oysters in a ginger and wakame dressing, tempura prawns with nam jim dressing, and tiny pastry balls of gruyer and truffle. Delicous. The wine was a sparking cuvee from Yabby Lake, which was excellent.
Seated at long tables, we were served three sets of pairs of wines - first chardonney, next pinot noir and then syrah. The winemakers introduced each wine and showed images of the countryside on which the grapes were grown.
The food that accompanied the wines was outstanding. Scallop ravoli with a broth, ballontine of spatchcock with kipfler potatoes, and wagy sirloin with Jerusalem artichoke. To finish the meal we were given a cocktail of vermouth, and a tiny ball of chocolate.
Fellow diners were all friendly and talkative and we really enjoyed their company.
We thank staff at Ludlow for arranging the dinner and serving us, and applaud the chef for his care in selecting the courses to go with the wines. A big thankyou to the winemakers, too, for passing some of their knowledge to us.
It was a memorable evening.
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