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Pinot Noir & Cheese Matching

Pinot Noir & Cheese Matching Afternoon at Milk the Cow

Today we had our Pinot Noir & Cheese matching at Milk the Cow Carlton upstairs in the Grenier Room.
20 people attended and once again they were all a very friendly group and a pleasure to be around.
Working once again we had myself, my brother Andrew, the wine expert Bela Rice & cheesemonger Laura Lown.
My brother helps me behind the scenes and I couldn’t do it without him.
Because I have had 5 knee operations Andrew helps with the lifting, preparing the booklets and anything else that is required.
Andrew & I arrived at the venue at 11.30AM and straight to work opening the wines and setting up the tables and the room.
We were ready in an hour and now it was time to relax for a few minutes until the guests arrived.

Behind the Scenes Photos

I’m ready and having a break, while Bela is checking if all the wines are good.
Of course it’s always good to have a little laugh before the event to put you in the right spirit.

The Wine & Cheese

The wine

The Wine

The Cheese

The Cheese

The wine & Cheese for the Pinot Noir & Cheese matching were as follows (from left to right ):


2009 Mount Gisborne Pinot Noir (Macedon Ranges, VIC)
matched with
Ossau Iraty (France)

2015 3 Drops Pinot Noir (Great Southern, WA)
matched with
La Tur (Italy)

2014 Ampel Pinot Noir (Tamar Valley, TAS)
matched with
Occelli Testun al Barolo (Italy)

2014 Pike & Joyce “Rapide” Pinot Noir (Adelaide Hills, SA)
matched with
Le Fleuret (France)

2013 Brown Magpie Single Vineyard Pinot Noir (Geelong, VIC)
matched with
Délice des Crémiers aux Truffes (France)

2013 Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir (Central Otago, NZ)
matched with
Fleur du Maquis (France)

In case you are wondering the flowers on the cheese board are edible flowers.

Photos during the the Pinot Noir & Cheese Matching

The Favourite Wine of the Afternoon

2013 Brown Magpie Single Vineyard Pinot Noir (Geelong, VIC)

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A total of 12 out of the 20 attendees voted this wine as their favourite.

Happy Snaps

Wine Judging

Scoring System:
7-7.9 – Good
8-8.9 – Excellent
9+ – Outstanding
All scores were averaged
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I receive many samples of wines and rather me try it only I am sharing them with my guests.
I decided to present two South African Wines to my guests to receive some feedback on the wines which were:
2014 Bayede! The Prince Chenin Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc (Stellenbosch, South Africa) – received an average score of 7.64
2013 Diemersfontein Pinotage (Wellington, South Africa) – received an average score of 7.05

Feedback from Guests

It seems quite apparent that overall everyone was:
had a great time,
found the event informative,
enjoyed both speakers,
thought the event was well organised,
the event was value for money at $89.
All our wines are available through our other website Top Australian Wines and can be seen by clicking here.
All our upcoming events can be seen by clicking here
I would like to everyone for attending & it was a pleasure to meet you all.
We hope to see you again at another event some time in the near future.
Martin Peston (Founder)
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Moroccan Nights Wine Feast at Imbibe Wine Bar – July 2, 2016


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Moroccan Nights Wine Feast at Imbibe on July 2, 2016

Melissa Birthday Party at Imbibe

This was our second Moroccan Nights Wine Feast Event at Imbibe with the same theme but with different wines.

This would also have to be the easiest event to fill up as it was booked out by David Buchler, owner of Budapest Restaurant & Palinka Bar in Elsternwick.

He happened to book out the entire event as it was his wife, Melissa’s birthday. Happy birthday Melissa! I hope you had a wonderful time with your family and friends.

It looked like everyone was having a great time and enjoyed the Moroccan food & international wine.

The Venue – Imbibe

Imbibe is a small & intimate bar that is a very popular place for locals in The Port Melbourne area and they also hold many different wine tastings & other events there.


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The Staff

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The Moroccan Menu

First Shared Course
Mt Zero Olives warmed with preserved lemon
Roasted carrot, Yoghurt Mint and Caraway Seeds dip with flat bread
Smashed Pea and feta dip with flat bread
Beef Filo Cigar

Second Shared Course
Chicken Meatballs in a Roasted Tomato Tagine topped with Minted Yoghurt and flat bread

Third Shared Course
Spiced Salmon with Roasted Smashed Cauliflower and a Preserved Lemon Spinach with Garlic Harissa Oil

Fourth Shared Course
Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Pomegrante Mint and Labna, Vegetable Rice Pilaf with Toasted Almonds, Grilled Capsicum and Tomato Salad.


Orange Blossum Sticky Date Pudding with Cinnamon Ice Cream.


Photos of the Food


Photos of the Wine

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2015 Bellvale Pinot Grigio (Gippsland, VIC)

The wine is well balanced with good acidity. There are subtle subdued flavours and good length.

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2014 Font du Vent Côtes du Rhône Rouge (France)

 Note: 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% Carignan. A great juicy offering from the team at Font de Michelle. Salami, blackberry, cherry, black olive, and pepper on the nose.

The palate has a lot of blackberry, plus some sour cherry, black tea, and spice. The finish packs a big helping of chocolate flavour.

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2005 Chateau Musar Gaston Hochar Red (Lebanon)

 Very close to wow and greatness! Balanced, fruity, lightly bretty and appealing nose.

On the palate, this wine is superbly well knit to be an everyday drinker extraordinaire.

Fine fruit, racing acids, tannin and a hint of brett to give it gravitas and personality.

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2011 Alain Graillot Syrocco Syrah (Morocco)

 The new vintage of Alain Graillot’s elegant, juicy Syrocco Syrah from Morocco. Great to find a Moroccan wine.

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Campbells NV Topaque (Rutherglen, VIC) 375ml 17.5% ALC/VOL

 Deep, brilliant old gold. Lifted toffee, honey and cold tea characters combine to produce the unique character of Rutherglen Topaque.

Toffee and tealeaf characters predominate on the front of the palate with a cleansing hint of spirit and old oak on the finish.


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Photos of the party



Cheers Happy Snaps

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I would like to thank Matthew Peck, owner of Imbibe and his staff for their assistance as well as Bela Rice for speaking about the wines and everyone else behind the scenes to make our Moroccan Nights Wine Feast a successful one.


and finally everyone who attended the event…… Phoenix is ok……. 🙂

My cat Phoenix



Happy birthday again Melissa