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Phil’s Favourite Wines of 2018 @ Beneath Driver Lane 1st December

December 1, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wine tasting

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Over the course of a year I try a lot of wines

(lots and lots). Mostly they are good wines, very few bad wines (thankfully) and occasionally they are outstanding wines. You only hear about a very small percentage of them because most of the time I am tasting with an objective in mind. Often there are lovely wines that I really enjoy drinking but I don’t have room/purpose/customers for it at that time. The very best of them keep popping up in my brain and saying ‘tell the world about me’. Sometimes I order them and drink them, putting a few bottles in mixed dozens of customers.

This is your chance to see what wines float around in my head talking to me

What may surprise you is the wines that charm me and continue to sweet talk me over the year are often not the really expensive wines. They have their place and often the more expensive a wine is, the more you need to set up the context to give you the full value of what you have bought. These wines are the ones you drink for the sheer pleasure of it. Close your eyes and feel the lush flavours seep into every corner of your palate. YES, for those that know me and what I like, the wines will be textural, they will have acid and I will talk endlessly about what makes them so good.

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The best part about this month’s tasting 

Is we are going to relax and have (more) fun (than normal). We’ll have some platters of cured meats, cheese and some other goodies to suit the wine. As always, the lovely wines are available for sale on the day, with significant discounts on orders of 6 or 12 bottles (or more). In fact, we can do take away sales for this event.

What do you need to come along? 

You need to book of course 🙂 You also need enjoy wine, be curious about its flavours and styles and you must be willing to listen to me talk about wine.
You do not need to be a wine expert or understand all the terms I throw at you. There is no test except for the most important, “do you like this wine?”. You need to bring a pen to take notes because ours are 7 years old and in dire need of replacement but they are now traditional and it seems a shame to replace them now.

I look forward to seeing you there.


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What to Expect at this tasting.

You will taste 6-12 wines that I have loved in 2018. As it is the last one of the year I tend to be more generous with my pours.

There will be platters of cured meats, cheese, and more to enjoy with the food.

I have two goals for these events: 1. To share lovely wine with you; 2. To educate you on the wine world and demystify it.

The environment is casual and friendly.  There is no need to know anything about wine and you are welcome, nay, encouraged to ask as many questions as pop into your head.

You can purchase the wines you enjoy at a great price on the day of the tasting to enjoy at your leisure.

Limited to 50 places.

Only $40 per head.

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December 1, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Beneath Driver Lane
Basement Shop 3 Driver lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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