Winter is firmly upon us. We usually love winter as it
affords us an opportunity to cook hearty slow cooked
one pot meals, wear winter clothes and feel alive in
the bracing bite of a typically windy Melbourne day.
This year, it may have gone a bit too far as it has been
positvely arctic. On the other hand, all the more
reason for a good glass of red (or two), a robust bistro
meal and a good dose of chocolate!
Book Signing & Wine Tasting Friday 27 July 2007
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2008
When faced with the daunting morass of wine labels
now available (and that's just the Australian stuff!) my
first port of call for reliable and exhaustive detail on
wines, wineries and vintages is usually James
Halliday's Wine Companion.
This year the Companion is being published by
Hardie Grant.Please join us this
Friday 27 July @ 7pm for an
intimate drink or two with James Halliday.
will be a taste or three, with commentary and tasting
tips from James, as well as the usual chance for an
intimate chat with the author.Wines tasted will
also be available for purchase (at mate's rates)
courtesy of one of our wine related customers.
Respected wine critic and vigneron James Halliday
has a career that spans over forty years, but he is
most widely known for his informative writing about
wine. He has been wine writer for The Weekend
Australian since 1984 and regularly writes for food
and wine magazines such as Decanter, Gourmet, and
Epicurean, and has won numerous awards for his
journalism including Australia's most prestigious
wine trophy, The 2005 Saltram Australia Wine
Communicator Award. He was one of the founders of
BrokenWood winery in the Hunter Valley and
established Coldstream Hills winery in the Yarra
Valley, where he ramains chief winemaker and
consultant. James is an unmatched authority on every
aspect of the wine industry, and is constantly in
demand as a wine judge in Australia and overseas.
James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion is the
No. 1 bestselling guide to wineries and wine in
Australia. Keenly anticipated by winemakers, faithful
collectors and wine lovers alike, the 2008 edition has
been completely revised and updated to bring you up-
Halliday shares his extensive knowledge of wine via
detailed tasting notes, each of which includes vintage-
specific ratings and advice on optimal drinking, as
well as each wine's closure, alcohol content and
price. He provides important details on wineries -
including opening times, contact details and web
addresses - in addition to biographies on each, and
information about the winemakers.
An indispensable reference for all enthusiasts of
Australian wine, the Australian Wine Companion is a
must-have for anyone planning to visit a wine-growing
region or to replenish their cellar or wine rack. It is the
most authoritative and entertaining guide to Australian
Instore Event Thursday 9 August 2007
The Botanical by Paul Wilson
We've been hearing about this book for almost two
years now. All good things take time and this is no
exception! This will be one of the best chef orientated
books this year!
Please join us for an evening instore with Paul
Wilson on Thursday 9 August. As usual
there will be tastes from the book and the chance to
have an intimate chat with one of Melbourne's leading
Paul Wilson has been described as one of the most
extraordinary culinary talents in Australia and England
and continues to receive critical acclaim for crafting
inspiring dishes that take an innovative approach to
traditional cuisine. Paul has headed the
Conran restaurant Quaglino's in London (where at the
age of 27 he was awarded the prestigious Acorn
Award), and in Australia has relaunched retail icon
Georges and brought Radii to high acclaim.
In 2002 he was ordained Chef of the Year in the Age
Good Food Guide. In the same year he joined owner
Chris Lucas at the Botanical, winning restaurant of the
year and has never looked back.
After two years at the top of Melbourne's dining tree,
Botanical remains in glorious bloom. The dining
experience is outstanding: Paul Wilson crafting truly
inspiring dishes for the modern brasserie menus. -
The Age Good Food Guide 2006, score 17/20,
awarded 2 chef hats.
Botanical is a dazzling collection of more than 100
recipes by award-winning chef Paul Wilson from the
iconic Botanical restaurant. The restaurant, located in
the heart of South Yarra, Melbourne, across the road
from the Royal Botanic Gardens, is an institution in the
Australian food scene. It has experienced a
fascinating transformation from popular local watering
hole to one of the best restaurants in the country.
Paul Wilson takes you through his signature Botanical
creations as well as new recipes created for the home
cook, always showcasing the best and freshest local
produce. Experience the delectable flavours of Warm
Poached Egg with Truffles, Reggiano and Soft
Polenta; the rustic richness of Hickory-roasted Côte
du Boeuf, Bordelaise style; the delicate briny texture of
Jumbo St Helen's Pacific Oysters with Horseradish,
Pickled Cucumber and Osietra Caviar; or the delicious
Hazelnut and Cappuccino Crème Brûlée with Warm
Chocolate Doughnuts and Biscotti.
Botanical is more than a cookbook. It's also a
celebration of the brasserie's acclaimed wine list and
its renowned glass-covered wine wall, its cocktails
and bars, wine store and of course its loyal clientele.
Illustrated with beautiful photography of the food and
conviviality, Botanical takes you behind the scenes of
one of the most exciting restaurants today.
Hardie Grant Books
Format: Hardcover (large)
This newsletter we are not even mentioning the state
of the website (aargh!!) .
On the upside, the list of
books coming for Christmas is starting to look very
exciting with new titles from Greg Malouf, Fergus
Henderson, Nigella Lawson & Hugh Fearnley-
Whittingstall to name a few . More on that next
Regards & Best Wishes