UnWined Subiaco 2016
When I first plan my trip to UnWined Subiaco, I thought I'd ran to the food trucks area right away before visiting some of the wine stalls. However the date that I brought to UnWined was an avid wine drinker so he kinda led me to different wine stalls on the day. I was thankful to him because I learnt more about wine, especially the range of organic wines. I didn't know that alcohol free wine existed in the first place and how a bottle could still be kept well for a good 3-4 years!
2016 is the sixth year for the UnWined and this year the City of Subiaco threw a Cocktail Party on Saturday night of the two-day event! We came on the second day and the weather was fantastic. It was sunny with a good amount of breeze and The Prefix band was playing amazing beats in the background.
UnWined was created to showcase the best of wines, spirits and craft beer and I think this year's event was really successful.
We started our UnWined experience from Settlers Ridge which was established in 1994. They ran out of their Shiraz on the second day at UnWined! They produced their wine at the Margaret River region and their wines are asthma, allergy, vegetarian and vegan friendly.
The layered Honey Cake was so yummy, their cake was never a let down. It was amazing to see how their journey started in Fremantle markets until they managed to secure a spot at the State Building's basement. They also take a custom order for honey cake which is alcohol free with as many layers as you want!
The Great Southern Truffles shopping bag looked really elegant. It was a black paper bag with their logo on it but I couldn't take any photo because we didn't purchase anything from their stall. I was too embarrassed to stop someone and ask whether I could take a photo of their shopping bag or not... (heheh). The Great Southern Truffles offers the first facility in Australia to process fresh truffles for manufacturing under HACCP accreditation. We tried most of their sauces, I really loved the aioli and salsa.
I was so happy to find the distiller of the year, the Limeburners. It was so brave for Cameron Syme to left his career in the legal field and created a distillery in Albany. We ordered a bottle of single malt peated which was hand delivered to the office on the next day. One of my dreams was to own the heavy peat Limeburners whisky, matured in 200 litre ex Bourbon oak cask. Can someone please transfer $700.00 to my bank account? ;-)
We stopped by at Cocktail Gastronomy's Cocktail Lab stall for a glass of refreshing mojito. This was served by the friendly Joe. Do you know that there's a full definition of 'Joe' in Urban Dictionary?
I always love a beautiful wine bottle so I always wondered about the flavour of De Bortoli Prosecco whenever I walked past the aisle of Dan Murphy's. I was glad that I had a taste of it because this sparkling wine was very refreshing especially with the tasting note of apple and pear in it. The price point was super good as well, this bottle will definitely make a great summer drink.
We ended the day by visiting the upper area of the Unwined (as in climbing 4 steps of stairs). I opted for the Turkish Gozleme with feta and spinach, which was a perfect go to meal accompany the tipsy tummy. Our second choice was the brilliant potato bravas from Tapas Man! I never had any food from the tapas man before but the potato was cooked very well and served with chopped bacon and creamy roast pepper aioli. What a great end to a fine day, can't wait for UnWined 2017!
After all those talks about wine, here's a great and fun Christmas gift idea: wine-dispensing stocking that you can purchase here!