Disclaimer: I was invited to the show by Cello wines and did not have to pay.
Cello Wines are a liquer company that does great liquer and look after their customers. Unlike the last one that did not this one did. I was really quick to respond and wella got the tickets on Friday.
By Saturday mid-morning it was packed. The Good Food and Wine show was on at the Melbourne Convention center and here it boasted all sorts of food and wine on offer. To buy water and drinks there was really expensive so brought my own two-liter bottle in. It was very easy to explore the wine regions and we did that via the Riedel Drinks Lab sessions which were free.
And it was very easy for people to get drunk and not know. Luckily though there was food on hand to help with the drinking. For example, there was the free Masterchef Van but they could have let everyone have two servings- one of each ( a dessert and a savory). They could also keep the food costs down and those that are drunk could have some free servings to sober up.
But I loved Matt Wilkinson on the iLive stage. He was really fun to watch. I had to go halfway though.
And I loved the Le Condon Bleu profiteroles, they were lovely and not too sweet. The High tea was another $50 and the VIP was $140. If they included the entry in with the High Tea it might have been a lot better.
At these sessions, we explored the different varieties of Shiraz and there were some really bitter ones that work well with steak or a heavy pasta or duck dish in winter. You really have to smell the wine before you taste it just to get that aroma.
And then we explored more wine at the Cape Mentielle session. They were one of the sponsors of the show. Here I really liked the Sauv blanc as it was sweet.
Surely the organizers can learn a lot from this review and provide more free food next time or have a bundle where food and entry go together.