Wine Australia launches Michelin-star food and wine pairing sessions at 2014 tasting

08 January 2014 by
Wine Australia launches Michelin-star food and wine pairing sessions at 2014 tasting

Michelin-star chef Roger Jones and wine industry specialist Luke Robertson are to present a series of Australian wine tastings at the annual Australia Day Tasting event.

"Dine Australia" will be a dedicated tasting space at London's Lindley Hall, presented on 30 January as part of the Australia Day Tasting event from Wine Australia.

The tastings will see Australia-inspired food from Jones paired with Australian wines chosen by Robertson, as a means of raising the profile of Australian food and wine.

One-hour-long sessions will take place from 11am to 3pm, with each hour focusing on wines from a different Australian-grown grape each, including Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz.

Chef-owner of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, Jones's restaurant offers a wide selection of Australian wines, while Queensland born former sommelier Robertson has worked at top restaurants including Chez Bruce and the Ledbury.

The Dine Australia tasting is a way for Wine Australia to support Tourism Australia's new campaign Restaurant Australia, launched in September 2013, which aims to present the country as a gourmet destination for tourists.

Yvonne May, UK and Ireland and EU director of Wine Australia, thanked Jones and Roberston for their involvement in raising the profile of the country's cuisine.

She added: "Living outside of Australia it's often hard to comprehend the calibre of Australian food and wine, yet recent studies tell us there is increasing demand for new food and wine experiences. Dine Australia will demonstrate that Australian wine is not only incredible alone, but also with our favourite dishes."

Operating under a new design for this year, the Australia Day Tasting event 2014 will showcase more than 1,000 wines across over 80 different exhibitor stalls.

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