Winemaker's Dinners at the French Saloon

Wine Dinner

Thu, 19 Aug 7:00PM (AEST)
3 hours
Over 100 people have attended this class


Ian Curley's food is much loved for its accessible approach and simple philosophy – he cooks the food he loves to eat, across all cuisines. His signature style, however, is European fare of the highest quality, with classic French underpinnings – a legacy from the rigorous training he received early in his career in the kitchens of London.

Winemaker’s Dinners at The French Saloon feature four courses and eight wines (two vintages with each course).

Classes are capped at 16 participants allowing for maximum interaction between guests and the featured winemaker all around one table.

A unique opportunity to explore the winemaker’s art and philosophy.

Scheduled Dinners

Wantirna Estate with Maryann Egan Thursday February 18th (fully booked)

Golden Ball with James McLaurin Thursday May 20th (fully booked)

Curly Flat Winemakers Dinner with Matt Harrop June 17th (fully booked)

Occams Razor /Jasper Hill Winemakers Dinner with Emily and Ron Laughton

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What you will learn

  • Food and wine matching
  • Regional characteristics
  • Aged wine characteristics

What you will get

  • A fabulous dining experience
  • High end artisan wines and a four course menu prepared my master chef Ian Curley
  • The opportunity to interact with others who share a common interest

What to bring

  • A passion to learn
  • A smile and an open mind

What to wear

Smart Casual

Appropriate for

All ages

Fine Wine Appreciation

Vendor since 2015

Fine Wine Appreciation - passionate, independent wine education

Fine Wine Appreciation has been running for over 15 years in Melbourne, conducted by respected wine expert Matthew Hansen. As a highly acclaimed professional chef and educator, Matthew’s personable style and passionate approach ensures all those with a love of fine wine will benefit from his unique and insightful perspectives. 

Most importantly, Matthew is Melbourne’s only completely independent educator, and not affiliated with any specific wineries, wine merchant or makers – all wines featured in his courses are offered on merit alone. Fine Wine Appreciation does not accept industry favours, and does not sell wine to participants.

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5.0 (8 reviews)
20 May 2021Winemaker's Dinners at the French Saloon
Golden Ball! What a discovery! The food was excellent and the wine even better. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next time.
29 November 2020Winemaker's Dinners at the French Saloon
We enjoyed a delicious dinner at The French Saloon in Hardware Lane, Melbourne CBD, on Friday evening. Mathew was a welcoming host to this intimate fine wine appreciation dinner and wine tasting. Ron Laughton from Jasper Hill Vineyard presented his wonderful wines before each course. Ron selected vintages of each wine from both 2009 and 2019, and explained the differences and characteristics well. All were outstanding wines. The company was delightful, and interesting. Thanks to all who attended.
29 November 2020Winemaker's Dinners at the French Saloon
I have been to a couple of Matthews classes over the past few years, he is always a knowledge and genial host.The Jasper Hill Winemakers dinner on Friday night was outstanding in quality of food and wine. The atmosphere was relaxed and informative overall a fantastic experience.
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Refund Policy

As places are very limited we do not offer refunds. If by chance you are unable to attend you are welcome to send another person/s in your place.

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