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Keith Tulloch Fine Wine Dinner at Ithaca

One of Australia's best winemakers will be in attendance at this five course dinner

Published on April 15th 2009.

Keith Tulloch Fine Wine Dinner at Ithaca

Australian wine-making is dominated by the big multinationals nowadays, but independents such as Keith Tulloch are the producers to get really excited about. At Ithaca on Tuesday 28 April, you can find out why. Keith will be there to personally introduce his range of much praised wines to diners at a special five course dinner.

Keith is a fourth generation winemaker from the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales. The history of the Tulloch winemakers began in the late 1880s when JY Tulloch (Keith’s great-grandfather) married Florence Kester. The Tullochs are one of the few families in Australia who can claim a wine-making heritage that spans more than a century.

Ithaca will serve Keith's Semillon 2006, Shiraz / Viognier 2004, Kester Shiraz 2003, and his Botrytis Semillon 2005. All of these wines have been awarded high grades (including several 'five stars') by the experts at Decanter magazine, and in the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion. His Semillon, for example, was described as 'a gem' that 'impresses everyone who tastes it.'

The dinner at Ithaca will begin with the Semillon – the ideal partner for the sashimi selection starter. This will be followed by braised quail stuffed with shitake mushrooms on a bed of spinach scented with orange, with the Shiraz / Viognier 2004 as the accompaniment.

The main course will be Ithaca duck: sliced duck breast with spiced carrot and raisins dressed with nashi pear and sake soy sauce. This will be served with the Kester Shiraz 2003 which was described by the James Halliday companion as 'Very much in Keith Tulloch style; medium bodied, but with fruit ripeness perfectly judged; an array of predominantly red fruits, fine tannins and oak.'

The final wine, Botrytis Semillon 2005, will be served with Garstang Blue Lancashire cheese and biscuits. The dessert will be pears poached in Botrytis Semillon 2005 infused with vanilla pods.

If you're a wine aficionado, or if you just enjoy exceptional food and drink in a beautiful setting, make sure you book a ticket in advance. The dinner will take place on Tuesday 28 April and will cost £64.95 per person. To reserve your place, call 0870 740 4000

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Thank you for your interest, but this competition closed to further entries on November 11th 2009.

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