The Barossa is Australia’s leading regional destination for food and wine experiences and one of the highlights of the year is the much anticipated NAB Barossa Gourmet Weekend on the 20 – 21 August 2011.
Twenty-seven wineries take part in the weekend festivities by showcasing their finest wines and pairing them with heart-warming food and the best of South Australia's live entertainment.
Novotel Barossa and Langmeil Winery invited a lucky few to a sneak preview of their dinner, which will be held on the 20th of August.
Executive chef, James Dooley has 22 years experience working in 4 and 5 star international hotel restaurants but maintains that the Barossa rivals some of the best produce available anywhere in the world.
“The Barossa has stories to accompany its food and wine, and drawing from this inspiration and tradition we continually create our own stories to tell; which will reflect and respect the rich heritage surrounding us,” he says.
The menu has been perfectly paired with the highly regarded and historic Langmeil Wines, which is home to what is believed to be the oldest surviving shiraz vineyard.
Their Orphan Bank vineyard is the result of transplanting over 300 vines from a 140 year old vineyard in Tanunda which was destined to be destroyed.
If you’ve never experienced a degustation dinner, now is your chance to discover how James Dooley and sous chef Michael Quist have managed to create a menu that is perfectly enhanced by the Langmeil Wines.
Personally I’m a sparkling girl and the 2008 Langmeil sparkling Ondenc has to be one of the best I’ve sampled in a while.
Paired with gorgeously presented canapés, you really can’t go wrong. In fact all of the dishes were spot on, you couldn’t help but polish them off, not to mention the wines.
My overall favourite had to be the French imported blue cheese, so if you are planning on attending this dinner, make sure you leave room because the best is saved for last.
Of all the amazing destinations we have to choose from in South Australia, the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort has to be one of the most luxurious.
There is no better way to experience the beauty of the Barossa Valley than by waking up in one of the Novotel's beautiful suites, with views of the entire valley.
The Novotel Barossa Valley Resort is the region’s largest accommodation provider and every apartment has a kitchenette and private balcony with panoramic views across the Barossa Valley.
The Novotel is adjacent to the Tanunda Pines Golf Course and includes an Endota day spa. Novotel Barossa is the only resort in South Australia with an in-house day spa.
The hotel also has a dedicated wine tasting room showcasing a selection of the Barossa Valley’s finest wines.
With breathtaking views and amazing facilities, treat yourself to a night at the Novotel during the Barossa Gourmet Weekend because you really haven’t experienced the Barossa quite like this.
Novotel and Langmeil Degustation Dinner
Price is $120 per person for the 5 course degustation dinner.
The Novotel has various accommodation packages available with rates starting from $269 per room per night.
Bookings via www.novotelbarossa.com.au
Full details available at www.barossagourmetweekend.com.au
To find out more about Langmeil Winery head to www.langmeilwinery.com.au