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Next Generation Hunter Valley, Caravan of Courage 2013, Pop Up Wine Bar

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by Mila Wood (subscribe)
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Sample the best wines from the Hunter Valley
There are not many opportunities that come one's way where a Friday night will be spent sampling some of the best wine from the Hunter Valley Region created not by just one wine maker, but six. David Hook (David Hook Wines), Andrew Thomas (Thomas), Rhys Eather (Meerea Park), Nick Paterson (Mistletoe), Mike De Iuliis (De Iuliis) and Andrew Margan (Margan).

Six passionate winemakers from the Next Generation Hunter Valley, who after producing wine in different parts of the world had decided to settle in the Hunter Valley region. They are a new breed of winemakers, creating their own style, mirroring their personalities and stamping their own mark in this amazing part of Australia, surprising the world of wine with their innovation.

Their passion, experience and dedication to the future of the Hunter region drove them together in this new joint venture; The Next Generation Hunter Valley Caravan of Courage 2013, A Pop-up Wine Bar Event, dubbed "One for the Road". The Caravan of Courage has embarked on a trail of adventure. A month of travelling which started on a Friday, the 3rd of May in Brisbane, then Newcastle on the 4th, graced our way on the 10th of May, heading to Canberra on the 16th and ending it with flares in Melbourne on Friday the 17th of May.

Bringing with them a truck load of wine and heading to magnificent venues, that in the past had been kept a secret to showcase their wares. 24 different wines from the Hunter are on offer and of course, the chance to meet and mingle in this joyous feast of fun.

Hence, I was over the moon with excitement when I was given the chance to attend the occasion. Wearing a slinky black dress, my beautiful daughter in tow, we trotted in our high heel shoes at the S H Ervin Gallery at Watson Road, Observatory Hill, Millers Point with the determination to enjoy the night.

Upon our arrival we were greeted by Olivia, who is the event organiser, with a generous smile, she promptly gave us a quick tour of the place.

Walking into this amazing gallery feels like I had been transported to another world. A land where the arts and culture of Australia are magnificently displayed. It felt like I belong to the society of the upper crust. The patrons are well-dressed; ladies on their stilettos, guys are mostly wearing casual attire and smart, but with no pomposity in the air. Although the event was crowded, the ambience was relaxed.

Irish Charm
This ornately carve object is a wine cooler

In the surroundings I enjoy the wine on offer and also acquire some culture. With a glass of wine on my hand, I did what an art connoisseur is supposedly doing (except that I'm not) - diligently inspecting the arts that surrounds me, and refilling my glass when it's half empty, (which I did well).

Mountains, By Memory
Max Berry-Mountains, By Memory

Stephen Ralph - Self Portrait
Self Portrait by Stephen Ralph

Brief Bio of the Artist himself - Stephen Ralph

We started off with the whites, from De Iuliis wineries, a boutique winery which was established in 1990, Winemaker, Mike De Iuliis had produced some of the region's best and most awarded wines.

Mike De Iullis
De Iullis Winery

The crowd have gathered around the table around Mistletoe Wineries, so we headed that way to see what the fuss is all about. I soon found out why, not only Nick and the guys pouring wine but also did their best to entertain the crowd.

Mistletoe Wines
Nick from Mistletoe Wines

We then worked our way towards the others.

Andrew Margan of Margan Hunter Valley Wines.

Rhys Eather of Meerea Park Wines.

David Hook of David Hook Wines.

And for the finale a taste of Semillion from Andrew Thomas.

Thomas Wines

Towards the end of the night we indeed satisfied ourselves and finished it off with great satisfaction.

Unfortunately the Next Generation wines are not available in the shop, and can only be ordered on line. The delivery cost varies so its best to visit their sites.

The wines that we have tasted are unique, and have a certain characters on its own. It ranges from $18 and above. We would have loved to buy a bottle of wine each, but unfortunately there is no stock available for sale at that time. Nevertheless we were quite happy and contented and already had drank enough to be slightly tipsy.

The $35 entry ticket is definitely very cheap. Considering it cost $7 just to get into the Gallery itself. The quality of wine on offer is excellent. I had a few drinks and still woke up the following morning with just a slight hint of a headache. That is an indication of a good wine.

Besides if you are in a pub or elsewhere, the $35 will only give you maybe three good quality wines. If it's the socialising that you enjoy the most, eager to find out what kind of wines are in the brew, the cost is worth it. The $35 doesn't include food or snacks, although there was a "pop up snack bar" selling cheese platter for $10.

The Next Generation have added sophistication to the meaning of Pop Up Wine Bar, a term which is currently in fashion. They definitely did the world of wine proud with a world class distinction. Indeed it was an event to remember and I truly did enjoyed the experience.

This Pop up Wine Bar is a class of its own.

So if you are eager to sample their creation, tease your palate, dance with your senses and savour their delectable wine then why not join them on their next event.

It will be at CANBERRA on;

WHEN: Thursday 16 May
TIME: 6pm - 9pm
WHERE: Two Before Ten, 40 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra City

Then to MELBOURNE on;
WHEN: Friday 17 May TIME: 6pm - 9pm
WHERE: Thousand Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

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Why? Sample the best wine fom the next generation
Where: S.H. Ervin Gallery, Watson Road, Observatory Hill, Millers Point
Cost: $35
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