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Wine Mixer: South

The Dolphin Hotel is bringing a slice of Sicily to Surry Hills with a wine mixer dedicated to southern Italy.
By Ben Hansen
November 15, 2022
By Ben Hansen
November 15, 2022

The Dolphin Hotel's Wine Director Shun Eto has just returned from a trip to Sicily, and he's brought back all of his favourite boozy discoveries to share with local wine lovers. To celebrate the return of summer and to provide Eto with a platform to sample these exciting drops, the Surry Hills pub is throwing a massive wine mixer dedicated to southern Italy on Sunday, December 4.

There are a few ways you can approach this sunny-season party. The festivities will be kicking off a Lunch with Frank and Friends, an exclusive multi-course meal and accompanying masterclasses through which Eto and fellow sommelier Jack Steer guide you through the wines of Sicilian producer Frank Cornelissen. To pair with the wines, chefs Danny Corbett and Aldo Lara have pulled together a menu based around the communal Sicilian dining table. There are just 20 spots available for this lunch, with each ticket costing $145.

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From 2pm, The Dolphin will be hosting a two-hour wine tasting. For $15, you'll be able to sample up to ten different wines from a range of Sicilian and southern Italian winemakers including Cornelissen, Emilio Sciacca, Girolamo Russo, COS and Occhipinti. There will also be a specially curated bar snack menu available during the tasting, with the likes of fried Naples pizza, bruschetta, anchovies on toast with seaweed butter and rigatoni alla norma all gracing the menu. Tickets for this can be pre-purchased but walk-ins are also welcome.

Closing out the day's happenings will be a free party from 4pm, with a range of wines available for purchase by the bottle or glass. It'll feature tunes from Daniel Lupica, who will be exploring house, disco, boogie and a variety of other sounds until late.

And, if tasting these Sicilian drops puts you in the mood to head on your own Italian adventure, you can book your next dream holiday through Concrete Playground Trips with deals available on flightsstays and experiences at destinations all around the world.

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