Australia & New Zealand Wine & Food Tour – Hot Springs Village Voice
It was a full turnout for the recent Wine and Food World Tour held at Xplore DeSoto. Participants tasted 5 tasty vintages from Australia and New Zealand.
Each wine has been described in detail by Patrick Gilkey, oenologist Klee & FranÃ§ois.
Guests were greeted with Les Allies Sparkling Brut RosÃ©. French wine was the only one offered outside of Australia. Crunchy, fruity and sparkling, the RosÃ© has awakened palates ready not only for fine wines, but also for fine cuisine.
New Zealand’s first dish was the Kumara salad. Kumara is a staple of the Kiwi diet. It was made with watercress. Seaside Cellers’ Tussock Jumper Savignon Blanc was paired with the salad with hints of ripe tropical fruit.
The second course was Rye Whiskey Gravlax, from Tasmania. Thin slices of smoked fish dried in a rye whiskey marinade were served on crostini with capers. Accompanying was another Pinot Noir Seaside Cellars. Rich raspberry notes were the perfect union of flavors.
The entree was an Australian barramundi wrapped in paper bark and steamed. The fish was loved with fresh vegetables and paired perfectly with Ms. Q Shiraz. The participants were delighted with the combination. Shiraz, normally served with rich red meat dishes, was the perfect barramundi companion.
Dessert featured Pavlova with fresh fruit. Pavlova, made with egg whites, was baked to a perfect meringue topped with kiwi, strawberries and passion fruit and topped with whipped cream. Tussock Jumper Moscato RosÃ© was as refreshing as the dessert it matched.
What started several years ago, intended for oenological tasks and accompanying meals, has now grown into not only the tasting of some of the best wines in the world, but also the tasting of fine cuisine from around the world.
Watch for the upcoming Wine and Food World Tour, sponsored by the POA of Hot Springs Village and hosted by Cork & Bottle Liquor and Xplore Restaurant Group. The announcement of a spring celebration will be posted on the POA event site and when tickets become available go to https://hotspringsvillage.thundertix.com/