Uncorked: Hardy’s Wines

I’m now blogging and tweeting every Friday fortnight on behalf of the National Wine Centre in Adelaide. At each ‘Uncorked’ and Meet The Maker, I’ll be meeting people, tasting wines and offering some insight from the point of view of wine lover, not expert. Follow me on twitter (MAC_KATIE), keep an eye out for the #adelaide, #sawine, #safood, #natwinecentre and #uncorked tags, or check out the blogs every week here, or via the National Wine Centre on facebook. If you’re in town from 4:30pm onwards, drop by and sample some of the yummiest wines South Australia has to offer!

With one of South Australia’s great wine family’s presiding over the evening, Uncorked at the National Wine Centre was sure to be a treat.

Hardy’s Wines were front and centre on Friday night, where the art and science of winemaking were the main focus of the ‘Meet the Maker’ session. The beauty of blending from different regions in order to improve on an already great wine was definitely proven with the gorgeous Eileen Hardy Chardonnay and Shiraz blends. For those in the main bar, glasses of the elegant HRB Riesling or Tintara Cabernet Sauvignon were complimented with great music and a relaxed vibe.  Prawn dumplings and gourmet spring rolls made their way around the room to happy punters who shrugged off the windy weather and enjoyed the spring evening. A personal recommendation for your next night at Uncorked is a cheese platter, with a beautiful selection of dried figs, local cheeses and crunchy pistachios and hazelnuts; just don’t leave it sitting at the bar, which was so busy and energetic that my poor cheese plate was mistaken as part of the fabulous complimentary food: I turned my back for 30 seconds and someone else had discovered how yummy that blue brie was – it was gone!

As we’ve become more familiar with the Uncorked evenings, more friends have decided to join us and see what everyone is talking about. Friday was a fantastic night for catching up and enjoying the best South Australia has to offer.

Uncorked: Craneford Wines

I’m now blogging and tweeting every Friday fortnight on behalf of the National Wine Centre in Adelaide. At each ‘Uncorked’ and Meet The Maker, I’ll be meeting people, tasting wines and offering some insight from the point of view of wine lover, not expert. Follow me on twitter (MAC_KATIE), keep an eye out for the #adelaide, #natwinecentre and #uncorked tags, or check out the blogs every week here, or via the National Wine Centre on facebook. If you’re in town from 4:30pm onwards, drop by and sample some of the yummiest wines South Australia has to offer!

Birthday parties are always fun, but when they involve fabulous food, music and of course wine, you know you’re on to a winner. Last week the National Wine Centre celebrated the move into double digits with their 10th Anniversary party.

Carol talks reds and grape growing

With great music being provided by Jaya Suartika, the revelry got off to a great start with a break in the weather and the sun shining right on time. Gorgeous gold and red balloons added to the glamour, as we enjoyed wines from Carol and the team at Craneford Wines in the Barossa. Not only did Carol kindly share a beautiful 2004 Merlot from her personal cellar with us in ‘Meet The Maker’, but we were also treated to a sneak preview of the soon-to-be-released 2007 Fire Station Shiraz from their premium line: DIVINE! Definitely one to add to the ‘must-have’ list for 2011.

Friday was the perfect night for catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.  The evening was capped off with mingling party-goers spilling out on to the outdoor deck area to enjoy the sunset over the gardens, washing down canapés of local lamb skewers and mezze and cheese platters with shiraz and rose. Without a doubt this was one birthday party that will be difficult to beat! As spring starts to take hold and the nights get longer and more party-friendly, Uncorked is definitely the Friday night social event of Adelaide that shouldn’t be missed!!

Uncorked: Wynns Coonawarra

I’m now blogging and tweeting every Friday fortnight on behalf of the National Wine Centre in Adelaide. At each ‘Uncorked’ and Meet The Maker, I’ll be meeting people, tasting wines and offering some insight from the point of view of wine lover, not expert. Follow me on twitter (MAC_KATIE), keep an eye out for the #adelaide, #natwinecentre and #uncorked tags, or check out the blogs every week here, or via the National Wine Centre on facebook. If you’re in town from 4:30pm onwards, drop by and sample some of the yummiest wines South Australia has to offer!Read More »

Uncorked: Hentley Farm

I’m now blogging and tweeting every Friday fortnight on behalf of the National Wine Centre in Adelaide. At each ‘Uncorked’ and Meet The Maker, I’ll be meeting people, tasting wines and offering some insight from the point of view of wine lover, not expert. Follow me on twitter (MAC_KATIE), keep an eye out for the #adelaide and #uncorked tags, or check out the blogs every week here, or via the National Wine Centre on facebook. If you’re in town from 4:30pm onwards, drop by and sample some of the yummiest wines South Australia has to offer!Read More »