The Wonderful Wines of Aus

In April 2015, we celebrated “The Wonderful Wines of Aus” by pouring the very best wine that Australia has to offer.

Our restaurant guests were able to try new wines in each participating restaurant, bar and shop from Australia’s greatest family producers and most innovative up-and-coming wineries.   Try truly iconic wines like ‘Grange’ were on offer, as was the opportunity to meet wine experts like BBC Saturday Kitchen’s Jane Parkinson and top wine-writer and Australia expert, ‘The Wine Detective‘.

In the East, Le Pont de la Tour Head chef, Tom Cook, cooked up some of  his favourite dishes from his time in the kitchens of Sydney on the pop-up Australian garden terrace. While in the West, Bluebird’s Aussie chef, Matt Robinson, served Barramundi and Kangaroo to pair with the wines he loves the most.

There was lots more happening besides, so for the latest updates, make sure you follow us on Twitter and Like our Facebook page to keep up to date on future wine festivals.



STELLA BELLA – Thursday, 9 April at 7pm  |  Bluebird Wine Shop
A tasting of wines from much-respected Margaret River winery, Stella Bella.

CULLEN WINERY – Friday, 17 April at 7pm  |  Plateau
Tasting of wines from Cullen Winery, hosted by Emma Cullen.

DINNER WITH ‘THE WINE DETECTIVE’ – Monday, 20 April at 6:30pm  |  Le Pont de la Tour
Sarah Ahmed, is one of the UK’s leading authorities on Australian wine and she presented five great Australian wines, all with links to France, alongside dishes created by head chef, Tom Cook.

“MEAT-UP” CLUB – Tuesday, 21 April at 6:30pm  |  New Street Grill
First of a new series of monthly get-togethers, tasting first-class Australian wines alongside New Street Grill’s renowned steaks.

AN EVENING WITH JANE PARKINSON – Wednesday, 22 April at 7pm  |  Orrery
Saturday Kitchen’s Jane Parkinson presented five of her favourite Australian wines and reported back from her recent visit down-under.

AWESOME AUSTRALIA DINNER – Wednesday, 29 April at 7pm  |  Bluebird
Bluebird’s Aussie head chef, Matt Robinson, cooked up some classic foods from Down Under, like salt water crocodile, kangaroo and barramundi, all matched with great Australian wines in this fun evening in the private dining room.

PENFOLDS DINNER – Thursday, 30 April at 7pm  |  Quaglinos
An evening discovering the Penfolds range, featuring a tasting of iconic wine, Grange.

AUSTRALIA v FRANCE DROP-IN TASTINGS – 1-30 April  |  Le Pont de la Tour Wine Merchant
Throughout April, there was the opportunity to drop into the wine merchant at Le Pont de la Tour for a free tasting of manager Peter’s favourite wines, comparing and contrasting Australian wines with similar wines from France. 

Participating restaurants: BluebirdCoq d’ArgentFish Market, Kensington Place, Le Pont de la TourNew Street GrillOrrery, PlateauQuaglinosSkylon

Wine shops: Bluebird Wine CellarLe Pont de la Tour Wine MerchantNew Street Wine Shop

The Wonderful Wines of Aus are  available to buy from the D&D Wine shop.




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