You’re not sure what to give your friends, in-laws or partner for Christmas – but you know they love a good drink and good company.
We have good news: Tasting Australia presented by RAA Travel offers more than 100 events curated to showcase beverages your circle will love. Cheers to that!
Here are some of our top picks for the wine, spirit, beer or gin lover in your life.
01 May 2021 — $65
Animus and Ambleside will go round for round in this gin-off, with guests deciding the ultimate winner after sampling their wares. Each gin tasting will be paired with canapes prepared using local South Australia ingredients from the team at Something Wild. Guests will also have the chance to try native Australian botanicals used as garnishes, plus a feature cocktail from each distillery. Bottles from the two producers will be available as take-home purchases. Find out more about this event here.
30 Apr 2021 - 09 May 2021 — $75
Another one for the gin lovers! Get busy with botanicals in a gin masterclass that includes a take-home bottle. Settlers Spirits is hosting the two-hour classes at its McLaren Vale distillery. Enjoy views over the vineyards and Willunga hills while discovering combinations of 12 locally sourced botanicals, among them coriander leaf, yuzu, pomegranate and blood orange. Be guided through the process by owner and head distiller Rowland Short, a sailor and botanist inspired by the historic adventures of Captain James Cook. Find out more about this event here.
08 May 2021 — $50
Polish up your cocktail skills with this masterclass! Shaking and stirring will take place at Twenty Third Street Distillery in Renmark. You'll make two cocktails – enjoying them as you go – and learn all the tips and tricks to recreate dazzling drinks at home. The evening includes a take-home recipe card to reference whenever a special beverage is called for, as well as 15 per cent off all take-home bottle purchases on the day. Find out more about this event here.
09 May 2021 — $90
Calling all beer lovers! The Kensi is ready to rock the suburbs in a collaboration with local South Australian craft breweries. You'll be treated to a six-course beergustation lunch, with produce from each dish to be sourced from across South Australia. Kensi head chef Aleks Tasic loves food and beer pairing and is set to deliver tasty plates inspired by autumn's harvest. Find out more about this event here.
30 Apr 2021 — $95
Small but mighty. It goes for the Jura as a wine region, and it definitely goes for Adelaide’s gorgeous French-inspired eatery Hey Jupiter. You’ll enjoy a tasting at its outdoor tables – straight out of a Parisian arrondissement – and discover why wines of the Jura are at the forefront of a contemporary fascination with traditional methods of farming and winemaking. Leading your Tasting Australia masterclass is wine importer Andrew Guard, who will share the qualities that define Jura wines and share rare selections from this fascinating pocket of France. Find out more about this event here.