Georgie Bass Cafe and Cookery



Georgie Bass Cookery School
Georgie Bass Cookery Class at Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula

Georgie Bass Cafe & Cookery, based in Flinders is all about putting fresh, local and seasonal produce on your plate. Georgie Bass handpick the best regional farmers, dairies, orchards and vineyards to help us serve simple, delicious food that not only looks great but tastes fabulous!

For people looking to replicate the Georgie Bass experience there is a series of hands-on cooking classes that will inspire you to challenge yourself in the kitchen. Led by our industry leading chefs and cooked with premium Miele equipment, these classes cater for a maximum of 11 people, ensuring you receive personalised tuition throughout each class. Catering for all levels of experience, but for all master chef’s out there you can consider some of the more complex classes!

Georgie Bass has partnered with Miele who share their love of local. They have formed a very special partnership in sponsoring the Georgie Bass cookery with an incredible range of their superior appliances.

Saturday 27th June – 10:00am
Simple & Delicious French Cuisine
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Saturday 4th July – 10:00am
Asian Dumplings & Sauces
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Saturday July 11th – 10:00am
Homemade Pasta & Sauces
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30 Cook Street
Flinders VIC 3929, Australia
T 03 5989 0031
E georgiebass@flindershotel.com.au

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De Bortoli Estate Cheese and Wine Pairing



Private Tour Yarra Valley with Cheese and Wine Pairing at De Bortoli Estate

De Bortoli Estate Yarra Valley is a winery that Epicurean Food and Wine Tours and Tours for Two have been visiting for over 20 years.

We believe it is the very best winery to start your discovery of food and wine in the Yarra Valley.

De Bortoli Estate Yarra Valley is a warm and welcoming, family-friendly winery with amazing views of the Valley’s rolling hills. The family’s philosophy of sharing good wine, good food and great times with family and friends is obvious from the moment you walk into the cellar door.

De Bortoli Wines was established in 1928 by Vittorio and Giuseppina De Bortoli in Bilbul, New South Wales. The family has continued with their love of wine and winemaking and increased their footprint with the purchase of vineyards in some of Australia’s best-known wine regions across Victoria and New South Wales, including the Yarra Valley, Heathcote, King Valley, Rutherglen and Hunter Valley regions.

The Yarra Valley estate is managed by third generation family member Leanne De Bortoli and her husband, De Bortoli Wines’ chief winemaker Steve Webber. The winery comprises 240 hectares of vines, some of which are more than 40 years old.
Recently awarded Gourmet Traveller Wines’ Best Large Cellar Door, the professional and attentive De Bortoli Wines team will customise your tasting experience. If you fancy something a little more exclusive, indulge in a specialty gourmet tasting, which includes the De Bortoli Wines Yarra Valley Single Vineyard, as well as the family’s iconic De Bortoli Noble One, all matched with indulgent cheeses. Purchase a platter of cheese to enjoy while tasting wine or revel in the beautifully landscaped gardens, where there are shaded picnic tables and a children’s playground.

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4 Reasons why Tours for Two is the best way to see Melbourne wine regions



 

Private Yarra Valley

Private Yarra Valley

 

Wine regions around the world are breathtakingly beautiful and the wine regions of Melbourne are no exception. The good news is that you can be sipping wine within 90 minutes of departing the hustle and bustle of Melbourne City whichever direction you decide on. You may decide to venture North East into the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley, South East for a maritime wine region of the Mornington Peninsula or to a lesser known region out West, the Macedon Ranges sprinkled with boutique family owned wineries full of stories and character. A private tour to the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula or Macedon Ranges is a perfect way to celebrate a honeymoon, anniversary, birthday or the chance to tailor your very own day in a Melbourne wine region

 

1. Design your own Private Tour

One of the obvious advantages of booking a private tour is that you have control over your day. Every wine region specializes in a wine varietal or style and you may have your own preferences. If there is a must see winery or you have always wanted to see how wine gets to the bottle this is a great way to do this. Make the request when you book and we will make it happen

Private Tour Yarra Valley

Private Tour Yarra Valley

2. Travel in style and comfort to a Melbourne Wine Region

On a Tours for Two private tour you will have more room and travel in a luxury vehicle. In fact you will not feel like you are on a tour at all as you are able to beat the crowds and make your way to your chosen wineries while hearing about the history and background of the wine region.

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3. Get behind the scenes

There are many special winery events that you will just not find on an itinerary with a small group. Once again, depending on your wine and sightseeing preferences Tours for Two can arrange a broad selection of activities and premium wine tasting options at wineries in all regions. This may include chocolate and wine pairing in a barrel room, barrel tasting, private cheese and wine pairing, a tour of the winery itself, meeting a winemaker in the region and tasting of premium and museum wines.

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4. Enjoy a long leisurely lunch

There is no allocated time to “get back on the bus” so if it is a quiet and relaxed lunch that you want this will be included in your day. There are many award winning restaurants in Melbourne wine regions that include chef hatted or al fresco dining overlooking vines. In most cases your wine will be expertly paired with your lunch. If you are celebrating a birthday we can organise a special dessert to be enjoyed at the end of your meal. Contact Tours for Two to design your very own celebration

Private Tour Yarra Valley

Private Tour Yarra Valley

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Yarra Valley Wine Tour



Yarra Valley Wine Tour

An Epicurean Adventure Yarra Valley Wine Tour
November 26, 2016 The Girl Who Lived for Clothes

 

This weekend #theboywholivedforclothes and I were lucky enough to visit the Yarra Valley with Epicurean Fine Food and Wine Tours.

For those unfamiliar with Australia, the Yarra Valley is one of the most famous wine regions in Australia. It’s like the Chianti wine region in Tuscany in Italy, except the wine tastings are smaller and there’s less stops to highly preserved walled medieval hill towns on the way. That said, there was no shortage of wine and let’s just say it was lucky the first winery had cheese tastings large enough for 4 people to accompany the wine or I might not have made it to the next.

 

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The winery tour not only took us to a number of highly generous wineries for tastings, but the scenery was also coincidentally stunning for photos. Well actually it wasn’t a coincidence, our fabulous tour guide catered to exactly what we wanted out of the tour – the perfect Instagram backdrop! Just kidding, the focus of the tour was obviously wine, but it can’t hurt if you just happen (okay so maybe it took 3 backdrops and 892932 photos later) to get a fantastic photo too. It was also the first time #theboywholivedforclothes had managed to take photos without either complaining continuously throughout photographing (inevitably resulting in blurry photos with the outfit cut off) or announcing we were finished with photographing after taking a maximum of 6.8 photos (the 0.8 is because he took the last while walking towards me and the photo is of my hand reaching for the camera).

After visiting the first winery, De Bortoli Winery, I could actually tell the difference between the taste of varieties of red wine. Also, for the first time in my life I even enjoyed dessert wine; mostly because the blue cheese I ate with it meant I was unable to taste the dessert wine at all. Three more wineries, Yering Station, Tokar Estate and Domaine Chandon, and 20 tastings later, I could almost tell the difference between a white and a red wine.

 

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If you’re after a small tour that’s very informative but also relaxed, classy but also not a problem if you are a huge lightweight (definitely not me), and very very picturesque, check out Epicurean Tours.

 

 

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Private Penguins Food and Wine Tour



Penguin Parade Private Tour

Epicurean Food and Wine Tours are dedicated to presenting a high quality private tour experiences that present the very best that the region has to offer. The Penguins Food and Wine Tour includes Australian Wildlife, Premium Seating at Phillip Island Penguins and the finest food and wine in the region. Private Penguins Food and Wine Tour will pick you up from Melbourne City centre and we provide many interesting options so you can explore the region on the way to the Penguins. A 2 course dinner with a glass of wine is timed after the Penguin Parade in winter and before in summer as it it timed with the penguins at sunset.

Philip Island is 90 minutes drive from Melbourne City Centre and is a popular beach getaway and day trip destination just off Australia’s southern coast. The Penguin Parade happens at Summerland Beach. This is where the Little Penguins come ashore at sunset after a days fishing.

We offer premium seating from the Penguins Plus viewing platform which is inspired by the natural elements and provides a raised seating area for up close viewing and includes ranger commentary.

Private Penguins Food and Wine Tour

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Melbourne’s award winning wildlife park, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park invites you to explore 10 hectares of bushland, meeting endangered species, feeding kangaroos and wallabies, petting koalas and enjoying encounters with colourful birds, reptiles, dingoes and many other animals. You may also decide to time your visit for the popular Koala Encounter, where you can get up close with this gorgeous animal for a photo opportunity.

Our Sanctuary is an ark for endangered creatures, and a showcase of their unique beauty. It is a living classroom which encourages children and adults alike to unlock the mystery of Australian mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, insects and amphibians in a natural bush setting.

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Bass Valley Estate

Epicurean Food and Wine Tours love to introduce guests to the regions winemakers and you will find Roger Cutler from Bass Valley Estate to be a terrific host. The cellar door is a converted milking shed full of character and Roger is an entertaining host as you sip and swirl his wines and enjoy a cheese and fruit platter. The views over the rolling hills are breathtaking.

Watermark Restaurant

Dine indoors or outdoors, overlooking the bay where you can savour the executive chef`s exciting menu, amongst the best from the entire range of Phillip Island restaurants, making the most of the regions fresh seasonal produce. Your 2 course dinner can be enjoyed with a glass of wine. Dinner will be before or after the Penguin Parade, depending on the season booked. In winter ,-dinner is afterwards and in Summer months, beforehand

 

To book your Private Penguins Food and Wine Tour contact Tour Director:

Nicci Crossing on 03 9598 0943

Penguin Tour

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Yarra Valley Food and Wine Tours



Yarra Valley Food and Wine Tour

When visiting family owned and operated wineries you get a real connection with the wine region visited as well as a deeper understanding of the work involved in producing great wine.

Epicurean Food and Wine Tours provide memorable cellar door experiences on their daily private and public Yarra Valley Food and Wine Tours.

Yarra Valley Food and Wine Tours

The De Bortoli Family established their Yarra Valley vineyard in 1987. De Bortoli’s are a 3rd generation Italian winemaking family who are dedicated to not only world class wine but outstanding cellar door experiences. Just an hour from Melbourne you will arrive to a long and winding, rose lined driveway that leads to spectacular rolling vine filled hills for as far as the eye can see.

As you walk into De Bortoli Yarra Valley you will get the very sense of their family motto, Semper ad Majora “Striving for Better” The Yarra Valley vineyard includes a cellar door that is warm and inviting, a cheese room that offer local and international cheeses that are expertly paired with wine. The trophy room celebrates the proud and dedicated winemaking history of this family. This includes accolades for Noble One, Botrytis Semillon, o the most awarded wine in Australia.

On site “Locale” a northern Italian-inspired trattoria offers authentic Italian dishes made with fresh local produce endorses the philosophy of sharing good food with family and friends. Locale is a beautifully elegant light filled dining room overlooking the vineyard. Think of the finest seasonal produce, much that is grown on the De Bortoli Yarra Valley site, wild mushrooms in autumn and the ripest and sweetest tomatoes in summer.

 

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Join Epicurean for a Yarra Valley Food and Wine Tour to visit De Bortoli Estate Yarra Valley

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Mornington Peninsula Private Wine Tour



Mornington Peninsula Tours for Two

Mornington Peninsula Private Wine Tour

On a Mornington Peninsula Wine Tour you can decide how to spend your day. Just 90 minutes drive from the Melbourne city centre and you are on a peninsula with breathtaking views of the Westernport and Port Phillip Bays. The Mornington Peninsula wine region is home to over 40 vineyards and has a particular focus on local and seasonal produce. You will see strawberry and cherry farms and olive plantations on the ultimate journey of the Mornington Peninsula.

Private Tour Mornington Peninsula
Tours for Two

Tours for Two

You may be celebrating a honeymoon, engagement, birthday or just time alone with a loved one or friend. A private tour to the Mornington Peninsula means that you can travel in luxury and plan the day with our tour directors to see and do exactly what you would like.

Wineries we Love

Yabby Lake Vineyard Cellar Door Tasting. A perfect start to a great day you will delight in the fresh and vibrant wines, including Red Claw label at Yabby Lake, a modern industrial and light filled cellar door overlooking the vines.

A visit to Stonier Wines is relaxed, informative and well paced where you can taste some magnificent examples of the regions finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Lunch options include Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove. (depending on the day of tour and availabilty) Montalto is the recipient of 9 Chefs Hats Ratings, offering 3 dining experiences, al la carte restaurant, casual dining in the piazza and garden café or catered picnics at selected locations around the property or Paringa Estate

Ocean Eight Vineyard Cellar Door Tasting. Ocean Eight is a small boutique producer, off the beaten track, with an amazing reputation for producing some of the very best wines in the region. Another family owned winery, Michael and Hollie Aylward’s passion for wine can be tasted in every glass.

in all Victorian wine regions. As our guest, you will be able to fully appreciate the hard work, dedication and passion that is involved in producing great wine aswell as the love on the Mornington Peninsula for their local produce. This region is considered to be a foodie mecca.

Our day in the Mornington Peninsula wine region starts at Yabby Lake Vineyard Cellar Door Tasting. A perfect start to a great day you will delight in the fresh and vibrant wines, including Red Claw label at Yabby Lake, a modern industrial and light filled cellar door overlooking the vines.

We then visit Stonier Wines where you can taste some magnificent examples of the regions finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Lunch options include Merricks General Store or Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove. (depending on the day of tour and availabilty) Montalto is the recipient of 9 Chefs Hats Ratings, offering 3 dining experiences, al la carte restaurant, casual dining in the piazza and garden café or catered picnics at selected locations around the property or Paringa Estate

Ocean Eight Vineyard Cellar Door Tasting. Ocean Eight is a small boutique producer, off the beaten track, with an amazing reputation for producing some of the very best wines in the region. Another family owned winery, Michael and Hollie Aylward’s passion for wine can be tasted in every glass.

 

To book a Private tour for 2 guests or a group tour for 6 please enquire here: Private Yarra Valley and Group Tours

 

 

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Shedfest Food and Wine Festival 2016



Private Tour Yarra Valley

ShedFest 2016

ShedFest Food and Wine Festival an annual Yarra Valley now in its 14th year fully celebrate the love of great wine, amazing local produce, breathtaking views and live music. ShedFest 2016 offers a perfect opportunity to meet winemakers, owners and their team as well as getting a birds eye view into the workings of a winery. What better way to look at all the hard work and passion that goes into producing world class wines, as you are sipping it! Not only that but you are also able to savour the local produce as each participating winery offer up their signature dishes including kids meals and vegetarian options. Wineries that Epicurean Tours visit on Sunday 9th October will all have local music as part of the festival.

ShedFest Wineries

Epicurean Food and Wine Tours embrace family owned and operated wineries because they have the charm and spirit that we believe give visiting guests the very best cellar door experiences in the region. Participating wineries include Soumah, Dixons Creek Estate, Seville Hill, Paynes Rise, Seville Estate, Yering Farm and Warramunda Estate.

ShedFest Yarra Valley
ShedFest Yarra Valley

Shedfest Food and Wine Festival is one of the most exciting weekends on the Yarra Valley calendar. Family owned wineries along the Maroondah and Melba Highways and into Healesville and Yarra Glen open their shed doors for a weekend of ShedFest is the best event to see some smaller family owned wineries that are full of character and good wine!

We are thrilled to be a part of the weekend and are offering Melbourne CBD transfers to get you there and back so you can enjoy the day. $120.00 includes transfers, entry to 4 wineries and a souvenir glass aswell as 2 food vouchers to use at your chosen wineries. Shedfest is hugely popular amongst locals and wine lovers from all over Melbourne. (Please note we are full on Saturday 8th October)

Shedfest Food and Wine Festival 2016 will be continuing their ongoing support of the Upper Yarra SES

Numbers are Limited to 22 on Sunday 9th October only Book Online here : Shedfest Food and Wine Festival 2016 Booking

 

Contact Tour Director

Nicci Crossing 039 598 0943

www.epicureantours.com.au

ShedFest Food and Wine Festival Yarra Valley

ShedFest Food and Wine Festival Yarra Valley

 

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