Winemaker's Dinners at the French Saloon

Wine Dinner

Next Available: Thu, 18 Feb 7:00PM (AEDT)
3 hours
Over 100 people have attended this class
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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

Jasper Hill with Ron Laughton 7pm Friday November 27th. (fully booked)

Curly Flat with Matt Harrop 7pm Thursday December 10th (fully booked)

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

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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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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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29 November 2020 • Winemaker'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 2020 • Winemaker'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.


08 July 2020 • Winemaker's Dinners at the French Saloon

Another great evening held in a rustic dining room sharing great food, wine and stories with a small group of passionate wine and food lovers!

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