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Buttered: Aussie Chard Fest

A 'Kath & Kim'-inspired chardonnay — or, as Kim would say, cardonnay — festival at Handpicked Wines.
By Libby Curran
October 07, 2019
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Buttered: Aussie Chard Fest

A 'Kath & Kim'-inspired chardonnay — or, as Kim would say, cardonnay — festival at Handpicked Wines.
By Libby Curran
October 07, 2019
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Chardonnay has come a long way since a certain couple of foxy ladies hilariously revised its pronunciation. Just ask the crew at Handpicked Wines, who'll be reacquainting Aussies with this oft-misunderstood wine variety at their inaugural chardonnay festival, Buttered.

The Sydney cellar door and wine label has pulled together a lineup of local labels to help shakeup old-school perceptions and celebrate the best of the country's new-world chardonnays. It's out with Kath and Kim's favourite big, oaky drops and in with a more refined style of cool climate vino.

The Buttered Aussie Chard Fest takes over the Handpicked Cellar Door on Tuesday, October 22, to showcase over 20 different wines from legends like Oakridge, Giant Steps, Savaterre and Tyrrell's, alongside a few award-winning vintages from Handpicked. Some of the winemakers will be on hand to chat all things chardonnay — or, cardonnay, as Kim would say — while the DJ throws down a soundtrack filled with old-school Aussie gold.

Also in a nod to the grape's retro reputation, there'll be a menu of nostalgic Australiana fare — expect a sausage sizzle and Iced VoVos, as well as plenty of cheese — plus, the punters with the foxiest old-school Aussie fashion on the night will win a private sommelier-led tasting for four, courtesy of Handpicked.

Tickets are $35, which includes all your tastings and a selection of snacks, with more wines, beers and cheese plates available to purchase after 8pm. All the wineries will be selling take-home bottles as well.

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