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MUST Wine-bar is offering wine buffs the chance to chink glasses with Howard Park Wines’ chief winemaker, Michael Kerrigan, on Thursday September 8.

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MUST Wine-bar is offering wine buffs the chance to chink glasses with Howard Park Wines’ chief winemaker, Michael Kerrigan, on Thursday September 8.

Mr Kerrigan will front a selection of new release wines and highlights from the winery’s museum collection to be matched with a five-course fare from Russell Blaikie (pictured).

Of particular interest will be the chance to taste Howard Park’s 1995 and 2003 Best Barrel Merlot. Only 35 bottles remain from the lauded 1995 vintage – one of two years this wine has been produced by Howard Park.

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Every now and again a food and wine match of such perfect symmetry comes along that one wonders how it wasn’t thought of earlier. One such match is freshly shucked oysters and a nice sauvignon blanc fumé.

Recognising the success of the Sheraton Hotel Oyster and Fumé promotion held this year, Eagle Vale is presenting the inaugural ‘Oysters & Sauvignon Blanc Fumé Indulgence Event’ to be held at the winery’s Margaret River property on Sunday September 25.

Jerry ‘The Oyster King’ Fraser will return to shuck as many fresh Pacific oysters as can be matched to Eagle Vale’s successful blend.

The event will also offer releases from the 2003 and current vintages.

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Millbrook Winery in Jarrahdale is presenting a viognier showcase on Saturday September 3.

Present at the event will be Tim Kirk, son of Canberra wine legend John Kirk, and winemaker at Clonakilla.  The event is designed to show off 12 straight viogniers and six shiraz viognier blends from the best producers around the world. The event is gaining popularity as pockets in the Swan Valley and Great Southern Wine Regions are being recognised as ideal locations for producing the underrated variety.

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Akubras off to all those concerned with the Dowerin Field Days, which last year celebrated its 40th anniversary.

The event, held each year on the last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of August, draws about 750 exhibits watched by 30,000 visitors.

This year, Gusto has heard of some intrepid South West wine entrepreneurs planning to showcase their wares at the event, guaranteeing that this year’s field days will be a mix between soils and sav blancs, tractors and Tempranillo, harvesters and late-harvest verdelhos.

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