Nepenthe Twilight Tasting and High Teas

Nepenthe, in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, is celebrating autumn by hosting a series of events at its cellar door in Balhannah.

The first, a very special one off “twilight tasting” is taking place on Friday 5 April from 5pm. Food will be matched with Nepenthe’s wines, so you’ll be able to try, for example, the 2010 Altitude Pinot Gris matched with sweet potato and avocado salsa on rye, and the 2012 Winemakers Cabernet Sauvignon matched with fig and roquefort tartlet. The tasting, of six wines, matched with six dishes, costs $35 per person and bookings are essential.

If a Friday night doesn’t work for you, the cellar door is also hosting sparkling high teas on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. Again, bookings are essential and tickets are $35 per person.

For more details, or to book, contact the winery by email,, or by calling (08) 8398 8899.

Pasta Masterclasses at Carnevale

Natalie von Bertouch

19 January 2012

Carnevale, the Italian festival, is taking place on 11/12 February 2012 at the Adelaide Showgrounds. It’s no surprise that a celebration of all things Italian should be including pasta masterclasses.

The classes will be conducted by Adam Swanson (of Glenelg’s Zucca) and for two of these sessions he’ll be joined by Australian Diamond Natalie von Bertouch. When she’s not playing netball von Bertouch is also a dietitian so she’ll be providing tips on making healthier pasta sauces.

Adam and Natalie are both brand ambassadors for San Remo pasta, Carnevale’s patron sponsor. San Remo will be supplying the pasta for the master classes.

You can see Adam and Natalie at 2:45pm on Saturday and 2:15pm on Sunday, or Adam only at 6pm Saturday and 5:30pm Sunday.

Prawn and White Wine Masterclass



10 January 2012

The second Cellar Door Festival is taking place in Adelaide from 24 – 26 February and this year the masterclass schedule will be extended to include an SA King Prawn and White Wine Showcase Masterclass.   Chef Simon Bryant, formerly of the Hilton and also of The Cook and The Chef fame, will be joined by students from Le Cordon Bleu and will create a selection of prawn tasting dishes.  The dishes, cooked using Marine Stewardship Council certified Spencer Gulf King Prawns, will be paired with a selection of South Australia’s finest white wines.

Simon Bryant will be joined by Aaron Brasher of Wine Australia.

There will be just 60 tickets available for the two masterclasses – one held at 1pm on the Saturday and the other at 2:30pm on the Sunday.  The tickets are $40 per person and are available through the Cellar Door website.