June 20, 2012
WINEMAKERS from north-east Victoria will descend on Canberra on Sunday, July 1 for the popular Taste of Two Regions food and wine event at Old Parliament House.
A total of 19 wineries from Rutherglen and the King Valley, including famous names such as All Saints, Dal Zotto and Chambers will feature more than 100 wines from these renowned vinous hot spots.
Although the two regions are only about an hour's drive from each other, the range of wines they produce is remarkably diverse, reflecting differences in soil, topography and microclimate.
Winemaking has been at the heart of the Rutherglen region since the 1850s and today it is one of Australia's most celebrated wine regions.
Rutherglen offers a rich diversity of styles - red and white table wines, sparkling wines and its internationally acclaimed fortified wines.
The King Valley's heritage and passion fuses with a landscape and climate similar to the great regions of northern Italy.
The landscape is suited to the growing of cool, crisp white wines and savoury, spicy reds.
The differences make for a fascinating day of tasting, from crisp sparkling Prosecco from the foothills of the Australian Alps through to luscious Muscata and Topaques from Rutherglen.
There will also be a cafe serving espresso coffee, cakes, wraps and light meals including twice-baked goats cheese souffle, salt and Szechuan pepper quail on Asian slaw, red mullet with scordalia and double lamb cutlets with King Edward potatoes.
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