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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Event - Punt Road Winery

Part of the 15th Melbourne Food and Wine Festival this event was called Master of the Barrel Room and was hosted by Riedel and Punt Roat Winery.

The event description was as follows:
Have you ever wondered why fine wine should be enjoyed in the right glass?
To find out, join us at a Riedel masterclass hosted by Riedel and Punt Road
Winemaker Kate Goodman. Experience the difference the correct glass makes when you taste our Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet
Sauvignon.

The biggest thing I learnt was that Riedel is not pronounced Rye-del but Reedle, to rhyme with needle.

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The event was held in the Barrel Room at Punt Road Winery - basically it's a huge farm shed, stocked to the roof with wine casks as you can see

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The tables formed a large U-shape - actually I'm surprised how big this event is considering how small last nights was.

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The objective was to discover how wine changes it's taste depending on the glass used and four Punt Road Wines were the test subjects -
2006 Sauvignon Blanc
2005 Chardonnay
2005 Pinot Noir
2002 Cabernet Sauvignon

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A lot of time was spent pouring wine from one glass to another to experience the differences, if any existed.

For the first wine, the Sauvignon Blanc after tasting it in it's correct glass it was then moved to the Joker glass.

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This Joker is the standard tasting glass - surprisingly there was a difference. The wine wasn't quite as open as we had initially found it to be and it's flavours were a bit underdeveloped. We then poured it back into the correct glass and gave it another taste before emptying the glass for the next round of comparisons.

By the time we reached the fourth wine we would be pouring the wine from the correct Bordeaux glass to the Joker then to the Bourgogne followed by the Montrachet and finally the Sauvignon Blanc glass before being returned to the first glass.

After all the sniffing and tasting and drinking, antipasto platters supplied by The Healesville Hotel were brought out. Each platter to be shared between four.

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We didn't stay to savour the platters as we had something else in mind - a trip to nearby Bianchet Winery and Cucina Rossa.

The details:
Punt Road Wines
10 St Huberts Road, Coldstream

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