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Food and Beverage Masterclasses 2018

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Tamar Valley Wine Route Masterclasses

Indulge in a palate-pleasing array of Tasmanian wine, beer, cider and produce. Engage with some of Tasmania's most inspirational food and beverage producers.



11.30am – 12.15pm: 

Sparkling Wine, and the Importance of Being Aged *** SOLD OUT ***

Presenters: Karina Dambergs, Sparkling wine consultant, 3 on the Tree; Shane Holloway, Owner and Winemaker, Delamere Vineyard

Sparkling wine is one of the few styles where the producers do the aging for you. Do sparkling winemakers just have bigger hearts, or is there more to this story? This masterclass will reveal all, and give you the chance to taste for yourself the effects of ‘tirage age' on sparkling wines of different styles.

1.00pm - 1.45pm: 

Gin ... beyond juniper.   *** SOLD OUT ***

Presenters: Natalie Fryar, Head Distiller Abel Gin Co.; Ruby Daly, Hellfire Bluff Distillery; Drew Burns, Mixologist, Cinco Passiones

TThe spirit of choice these days, gin, is undergoing a revival in popularity in the hands of the next generation of craft distillers.  Join local distiller Natalie Fryar who will lead you through an in depth discussion and interactive tasting of Tasmanian gins from Abel Gin Co. and Hellfire Distillery.  Then let mixologist Drew Burns from Cinco Passiones show you how to indulge in some fabulous gin cocktails….and sample the results!

2.30pm - 3.15 pm:

Four Beers, Four Cheese    *** SOLD OUT ***


Presenters: Nathan Calman, Head Brewer, James Boag's Brewery; Ueli Berger, Head Cheese Maker, Lion

Contrary to popular belief, beer is a fantastic accompaniment to cheese. Taste your way through a selection of beers from award winning James Boag's Brewery accompanied with iconic King Island cheeses. A class that will satisfy both beer lovers and cheesaholics! 

4.00pm – 4.45pm:

Indulge - Chocolate and Wine *** SOLD OUT ***

Presenters: Natasha Nieuwhof, Director Goaty Hill Wines, Theresa Streefland, Director Cocobean Chocolate

Come and indulge with a special tasting honouring two of life's greatest pleasures: Chocolate and wine.  We'll sample a range of artisan chocolates and pair them up with a handpicked selection of delicious Tasmanian wines to complement each other. Just as grapes are grown and nurtured for the quality of great wine, the same is true for cocoa beans and chocolate. We believe there is much more to recommending wine than asking “red or white?”, and we think there’s more to recommending chocolate than simply “milk or dark?”.



10.30am – 11.15am: 

Best of the Best  *** SOLD OUT ***

Presenters: Curly Haslam-Coates, Vintage Tasmania, Wine & Spirits Educator, Agri-tourism specialists; Rebecca Duffy, Winemaker and owner Holm Oak Vineyards; James Welsh, Sommelier and Co-Owner, Stillwater & Black Cow

Join the 2018 Festivale Wine Award judges Rebecca Duffy, James Welsh and Curly Haslam-Coates as they lead you through a tasting of the winning wines from this year’s awards and explain why these wines are considered to be the best of the best.

12.00pm -12.45pm: 

Tamar Valley ‘Terroir’ *** SOLD OUT ***

Presenters: Luke Whittle, Senior Winemaker and Winery Manager, Pipers Brook Vineyard; Stewart Byrne, Winemaker, Josef Chromy Wines 

Pinot Noir is famous as the grape variety that most clearly expresses the place where it is grown. The French use the term ‘terroir’ to describe this concept. Come on a sensory journey of the Tamar Valley's diverse and distinctive terroir, guided by its passionate winemakers and the world-class Pinot Noir’s they create.

1.30 – 2.15pm: 

Whisky – more than meets the eye!     *** SOLD OUT ***

Presenters: Chris Condon, Head Distiller, Launceston Distillery; Mark Littler, Head Distiller, Hellyers Road Distillery

With the popularity of whisky ever increasing, come along and hear from one of the most recent additions to the world of whisky distilling along with one of the most established and recognised Tasmanian whisky distilleries.  Join Chris Condon from Launceston Distillery and Mark Littler from Hellyers Road as they take you on a journey of Tasmanian whisky tastings.

3.00pm – 3.45pm: 

Plumm Glassware – Does the wine glass really matter? ONLY 4 TICKETS LEFT

Presenters: Jared Dickason, Red and White, Plumm Ambassador; Julian Allport, Winemaker and Co-Owner, Moores Hill Vineyard

Does the wine glass really matter? – YES IT TRULY DOES! - Join Plumm Ambassador, Jared Dickason  and winemaker Julian Allport , as they take you on a journey of discovery on how important a glass can be to enjoying a fine wine. Be ready to enjoy Julian’s superb range of Tasmanian wines with style specific glassware, with your own hand you will witness how the correct wine glass can enhance the taste and drinking experience beyond your imagination. Prepare to be challenged and astounded!! – Special offers on the glassware to those who book this masterclass.   

Sessions will be held at Design Tasmania. Design Tasmania is located on the western edge of City Park on the corner of Tamar and Brisbane Streets. Please access your Masterclass via Festivale. Please note you will need an entry ticket in addition to your Masterclass ticket(s) to access Festivale.

Ticket Prices
Saturday 3rd February $25 experience session or $50 including Festivale ticket (plus booking/credit card fees)
Sunday 4th February $25 experience session or $40 including Festivale ticket (plus booking/credit card fees)

Event tickets on sale now via Ticketbooth


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