Great Southern Wine producers asked me to host a casual BBQ for these UK sommeliers who were coming to the Area. Casual BBQ no worries, I can do that.
Like most things this was arrange some time ago and I wasn't going to worry about it until closer to the date. After all, it's vintage!
Anyway on twitter I got talking to one of the people who was looking forward to coming over to the Great southern- it went something like this.
Roger Jones @littlebedwyn- @GalafreyWines hopefully catch up with you in April when we are down there with @apluswines
Galafrey Wines @GalafreyWines- @littlebedwyn @apluswines yes- I think you are having a BBQ at our place. casual dinner ;-) nice to pre- meet on twitter!
Roger Jones @littlebedwyn-@GalafreyWines @apluswines look forward to it
Galafrey Wines-@littlebedwyn @apluswines see you have michelin star in bio...I mention casual dinner.....didn't I? lucky my wines have stars#nowIamnervous
Roger Jones @littlebedwyn -@GalafreyWines @apluswineshappy to help out with the cooking for a glass of your star wine
WHAT!!! Michelin Star chef coming to my place- for dinner!!!! I barely cook for my husband!
You see- Roger Jones owns the Harrow at Little Bedwyn and is a Michelin star chef. They have over 300 wines including a large range of Australian Rieslings. Lucky for me he is very humble guy and loved our Riesling.
So needless to say I was a little nervous about this casual BBQ dinner. But it all went well.
Other VIP guest included Emma Howat from The Wine Society (nothing like Oz version of The Wine Society), Paul Liversedge MW owner of Real Wines, Jon Keast owner of Scarlet Wines and restaurants and Heather Badcock co-owner of the Solent Cellar. They were a great bunch of people who loved being in the Great southern and enjoyed the undiscovered secret of this area.
My Grapes bread with Merlot Grapes went down well as did my usual Chocolate Mousse dessert (only took 5 times to make due to stress and nerves mistakes...grrrr....) as well as Nigel beautifully cooked beef in the webber. Nigel got grilled about vineyard conditions which was great and the Galafrey wines were well received and lots of notes were written. An enjoyable night for all- however I do prefer to turn up to dinner rather than cook it!! ;-)
Here is their feedback on the trip to the Great Southern.
The evening brought us to Galafrey for an intimate supper and tasting in their cellar door with the picture of the late Ian Tyrer overseeing us for the whole evening. Kim and Nigel were our hosts and both Rieslings and Shiraz shone here.