An opportunity to learn from the masters

THE Masterclass weekend is all about bringing together people who enjoy the world of food and wine for some discussion and indulgence, and to pick up a few tips from some of Australia’s most renowned food and wine gurus.

Donna Hay from the Age’s Epicure, ‘bel Mondo’ chef Stefano Manfredi, Dromana Estate winemaker Gary Crittenden, WA’s Neal Jackson from Jackson’s in Mt Lawley, and Peel Estate winemaker Will Nairn are just some of the talent assembling for the weekend.

The Masterclass weekend enables participants to foster their enthusiasm in a range of classes that will serve not only to educate, but also to enhance their enjoyment of the food and wine styles now available in Australia.

The presenters and moderators of each session will encourage participants to ask questions and to be involved in discussions throughout the various classes on offer. The chance to ask questions in small, personal groups to some of the leaders in the field is a fantastic opportunity for foodies and wine lovers here in Perth.

The classes cover a range of topics, from cooking ‘gourmet vegetarian’ through tasting a selection of wine made from Italian grape varieties grown in Australia. There is plenty of diversity in the program for the weekend. The bonus in the structure of the program is that all classes are repeated on the Sunday.

Here are a couple of examples of the classes running over the weekend.

11am to 1.30pm: Travel through Burgundy

Those who love pinot noir will be kicking themselves if they miss this unique opportunity to enjoy some of Burgundy’s famous wines. Under the guidance of James Halliday and wine importer Gary Steel, 12 wines from appellations across the region will be tasted, including the 1986 ‘Domaine de la Romanee-Conti’. This is an opportunity that is well worth the $150 surcharge.

If Burgundy is not your cup of tea, what about a session on learning about the delights of the Middle East?

12pm to 1.30pm: Arabesque

Greg Malouf is a talented chef who is bringing the culinary delights of the Middle East into vogue in Australian cooking. In this session, Greg will give an insight into the exotic world of spices, aromas and delicacies of modern Middle Eastern cooking.

3pm to 4pm 1990 South Australia ‘The Great Vintage’

An hour of complete sensual overload. On the agenda to taste are the famed 1990 Grange and Bin 98. This session is hosted by ‘Penfolds wine scientist’ Peter Gago.

If you think Sunday might be a better day to revel in the Penfolds delights class, then at the same time on Saturday is a really interesting look at the unusual.

3pm to 4pm Bending the Rules

This session looks at ‘Green Eggs and Ham with Bollinger’

Alla Wolf-Tasker, from the exquisite Lake House in Daylesford, Victoria, and Joe Grilli from Primo Estate in South Australia take a look at how far we can go when matching, or not, food and wine. This session will explore alternatives to white wine with fish and chicken, and red wine with beef and pizza.

This will be an interesting session to see why some matches work and why some have no hope of getting together in harmony.

Tickets for Masterclasses are available from the Parmelia Hilton. And be warned, some sessions are getting very close to being booked out.

Prices for both Saturday and Sunday are $445.

Saturday or Sunday only, $255.

And please note, a surcharge applies for the Burgundy session.

Call the Parmelia Hilton, Mill Street Perth, 9215 2484, for full details.

2001 Western Australian Masterclass Weekend

Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July, 1, at the Parmelia Hilton.

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