Taste Orange at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Taste Orange brought a taste of the country to the sea with the launch of Taste Orange Month at the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.

Taste Orange at Watsons Bay Hotel
Taste Orange at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Some of the best in food, wine and produce of the region was on taste with eight different stations showcasing their wines matched with canapés.

Taste Orange at Watsons Bay Hotel
Printhie Wines w Chilled Pacific Oyster, Salmon Pearls, Swift Cuvee & Chive Vinaigrette

Top picks of the night were the Faisan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 and the Ross Hill Cabernet Franc 2010. From the produce, the highlights were the Venison Prosciutto from Mandangery Creek Venison and the selection of dips from Fresh Fodder particularly the smokey roe taramosalata and blue cheese and pistachio.

Taste Orange at Watsons Bay Hotel
Cumulus Wines w Seared Scallop, Vine Ripened Tomato, Coriander and Lemon Infused Oil

The launch event was in celebration of ‘Aussie Wine Month’ in May, with Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel bringing a piece of Orange wine region to the eastern suburbs with a range of Taste Orange activities.

Taste Orange at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Highland Heritage Estate; Smokey Roe Taramosalata

The Top Deck area of the hotel is hosting Orange Wines Masterclasses on Thursday 15 May and Thursday 29 May. These sessions will be led by the venue’s Sommelier with key winemakers and experts from the Orange wine region in attendance. A menu of canapés matched to the wines will be on offer by Executive Chef John Pye.

Taste Orange at Watsons Bay Hotel
Faisan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon paired with Slow Cooked Sticky Lamb & Grilled Polenta

From the first weekend in May, a section of the Beach Club will be transformed into an Orange Pop Up Cellar Door on weekends guided by regional Orange winemakers. Every weekend will offer a different taste of the region.

Taste Orange at Watsons Bay Hotel
Ross Hill Wines; Duck and Porcini Mille Feuille

Keep an eye out during the Festival for a special pop-up restaurant. Hatted chef, Shaun Arantz of Racine restaurant is hosting a seven course degustation lunch paired to a selection of Orange wines in collaboration with the hotel’s Executive Chef, John Pye. A  selection of Arantz’s dishes will feature on the hotel’s winter menu.

Taste Orange at Watsons Bay Hotel
Fresh Fodder Dips

The inaugural Taste Orange Food & Wine Festival will be held on Sunday 25th in Robertson Park at Watsons Bay with a host of activities. Twenty wineries will showcase their wines and local food stalls with local cheese, dips and antipasto will offer their fare.

Taste Orange at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Venison from Mandagery Creek

The Festival will provide entertainment for guests of all ages, be it bobbing with Orange’s famous apples or a chance win prizes.

Taste Orange at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Petits Fours from Racine Restaurant

During May, for every glass of wine purchased during Taste Orange at Watsons Bay, you will go into
the draw to win a luxurious getaway to Orange that includes three nights’ accommodation and
tickets to Orange Wine Week in October.

Taste Orange at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Taste Orange Gifts

Taste Orange at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel launched on Tuesday 29 April 2014.

Photography © by Gourmantic – Copyright: All rights reserved.

Watsons Bay Hotel
1 Military Road
Watsons Bay 2030


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.