When the weather gets chillier than a run-in with your ex, it's time to rug up and find yourself a fire by which to sip delicious vino. South Melbourne gastropub O'Connell's certainly knows a thing or two about this, and it's got a winter event series that delivers both in good measure.
The pub is running a Homegrown Heroes Series where, once a month, it teams up with Victorian winemakers to host a dinner celebrating some of the state's best regions. While June's dinner focused on Mornington Peninsula, July's dinner is all about the Pyrenees, the popular wine region just outside Ballarat. On Wednesday, July 25, head chef Tom Brockbank will be dishing up a delicious five-course meal using local produce from the Pyrenees. Each dish will be paired with wine from one of the area's premier vineyards, Sally's Paddock Redbank Winery, with winemaker Sasha Fair on-hand to talk through each drop.
The final Wine Dinner on Wednesday, August 29 will celebrate the Yarra Valley region — with the help of grower Giant Steps.
O'Connell's Wine Dinners will take place on Wednesday, July 25 and Wednesday, August 29. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased via the website.