The Australian Wine and Beer School is located in Surry Hills and conducts various classes that presents a fun social wine/beer class for those seeking to learn more about the wine and beer they are engaged in. We check in one evening for a a wine experience class and get a wineducation from Ben. Today’s class is Australian vino but they also have classes on European wines, craftbeers and various other classes.
So The AWBS does a venue takeover inside the Oak Barrel in surry hills (its near the south end of Hyde Park) and a complete surprise if you haven’t been. A large cavernous liquor shop with private rooms round the back.
Ben Hughes from AWBS is standing there – funny story his title is “Head of liquids” and the gentleman knows his way around his vino. We’re on time and the first here today. It behind the curtains there and there’s a rather serious craftbeer selection at the oak barrel incidentally.
One of the 2 rooms here. Its all about the tasting and we’re impressed.
Wine Experience underway and Ben was right about one thing, the “crew” gets livelier, the more we imbibe.
You get a nifty A4 brochure where you can scribble notes and your observations. Most of the cogent things you’ll cover will be in here and then some – it also details the labels that you’ll be drinking tonight.
A bit about Ben and then there’s that quote. More Champagne you guys.
Cheeses and vino pairing. The richer the cheese, you more you move towards the red wines
A pale rose. We learn about bit about the colouring and the orange tinge here. Its a Rogers and Rufus Grenache Rose which is delicious.
Its a smorgasboard of wine glasses.
We had a Pinot (Kooyong Massale), Shiraz (Annadate) and Barossa Tempranillo (Running with Bulls).
A deliciously morish Solero DP57 Grand Tokay (Seppeltfields) – pairs with blue cheese, desserts and vanilla ice cream.
We had a great time at the AWBS wine experience. It was nice to sit down, have a rather civilised evening appreciating the various aspects to the wine we drink and to learn about things you probably didn’t realise like the merits of the screwcap over cork, bottle shapes and the value of a decanter. The AWBS does wine, beer and Ben mentioned that they were planning a premium champagne event as well. Highly recommended and they do public events (like the one we attended) and corporate gigs too. Find out more – Head to their website and check them out. The city side location makes it easily accessible and yes, leave your car at home.