There's another wine festival hitting Sydney — but this one's shining the spotlight on the lesser-known colours and varieties.
For Wine De Jour's first event on Saturday, December 2, there's going to be a focus on rosé and skin-contact wine. By bringing together producers from around Australia, the festival's organisers hope to quell some of the misconceptions often made about these special drops. Sweeping claims and assumptions about these varietals will be challenged, such as 'the darker the rosé, the sweeter the flavour' or that 'all orange wine must be bitter, astringent or cidery'.
It's run by Glen Cassidy, founder of Cake Wines, and Sydney sommeliers and wine writer Samantha Payne. Over 30 winemakers will join in on the conversation, including Vinteloper, Swinging Bridge, Raidis Estate and Captains of Trade. And due to this huge gathering of different production methods, colours and ethoses you'll walk away more confident and with a well-rounded knowledge of these up-and-coming varieties.
Wine De Jour will take place in the carpark out the back of the Cake Wines Cellar Door in Redfern with DJs Boogie Monster and Tom Studdy mixing the music and food provided by neighbours Bart Jr. There are two three-hour sessions on the day: at 3.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are $46 and include wine tastings.