It’s a Shiraz Smackdown!

If you make it to only one event at this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, let it be this one

Creativity 4 min read Sep 27, 2019
It’s a Shiraz Smackdown!

Can you believe it’s already March? Not that we mind because that can mean only one thing: The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is here! That’s two whole weeks of wine and food tastings, cooking classes, and more, at our city’s very own world-class gastronomic playground, now running on its 27th year.

Even better: If you’ve tried Australian Shiraz at least once before and promptly fell in love with it, strap in, because you’re in for a real treat. Oh and you’ll need to put on a blindfold for this one.

Armadale Cellars is hosting the biggest Shiraz Challenge you’ve ever seen, and you’re invited! In a 2.5-hour blind tasting, participants will try 12 premium brands flown in from in and out of Australia. Your mission: Pick the Grange from the collection. Tip: If you sense a hint of Cabernet Sauvignon, you’ve picked a winner!

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To celebrate Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (, join us for an unparalleled Shiraz-fest. Armadale Cellars' Shiraz Challenge pits Penfolds Grange against 11 other premium Shiraz from around Australia and http://beyond. How do the contenders measure up to the icon? It’s up to you. From cool climate to warm climate, Yarra Valley to Heathcote, Mornington Peninsula to the Barossa Valley, there is something on show for all tastes and occasions. Don't miss out, seats are $149 and going fast: Just an extra hint (you didn't hear it from us), some of our other guests might include: @bannockburnvineyards @BromleyWines @Henschke @hentleyfarm @johnduvalwines @LevantineHill @MitchellWines @moorillawinery @sbwines1984 @paradigmhill @peelestatewines @PondalowieWine @WildDuckCreekEstate @melbfoodandwine @hsarmadale #highstreet #mfwf #shiraz #redwine #Melbourne #ArmadaleCellars #blindtasting #instawine #wineaustralia #grange #morningtonpeninsula #margaretriver #yarravalley #barossavalley #winesofinstagram #melbournewine #australianwine #visitmelbourne

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A top wine pick, Shiraz has been a dinner favourite and one of the most widely planted vines for decades. But bold-flavoured Penfold’s Grange is something else altogether. Australia’s most collectible wine, it goes for $800 a pop! And totally worth it, too.

Want to raise your chances of success at the Shiraz Challenge? How about this little cheat sheet? Shhhh. 😉

So what do you say to a night of tasting a dozen of the best Shiraz in one of the best Melbourne wine classes, plus a light dinner to boot? Def a bucket-list experience, not just for oenophiles and seasoned tasters, but for also aspiring wine lovers and foodies.

Every reason to bring a friend and make it a date, eh? Just go for it! Because wine not? (Yeah, we went there.)

MFWF 2019 runs from Friday, 8th March, to Sunday, 24th March. For more information on the entire month’s events, visit the event calendar. See you there!

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