I love when the Australian Open tennis tournament comes to town. Our city is filled with tennis fans from all over Australia and the world. This year almost 700,000* people visited the Australian Open. I was thrilled to be invited to this year’s Australian Open by Jacob’s Creek [Associate Sponsor and Official Wine Supplier]. They stylishly entertained their guests with a light lunch and wine tasting in the Jacob’s Creek Harvest Room before watching the tennis.
The luncheon was hosted by Australian chef and TV personality, Pete Evans. Pete talked to us about matching quality food and wine together and gave examples using the Jacob’s Creek Reserve range. He also talked about his life as a chef and as host of My Kitchen Rules – what a busy man he is. After lunch, Pete kindly presented us each with his cookbook, My Kitchen, which he personally signed. He was a lovely host. [Pete shared a little restaurant goss with us too. He’s about to launch, Little Hunter, a specialist steakhouse, in the Georges building in Collins St. So if you love your steak, keep an eye out, for it opens next month.]
After lunch and the wine tasting, a few of us went to watch the final two matches. Here are a few photos of the day.
Image above: The table is set for our lunch and wine tasting.
Image above: Of course the party stylist had to capture the details. I love the freshness and simplicity of these flower arrangements.
Image above: We managed to catch the end of David Ferrer’s game – which he won.
Image above: Thankfully our seats were in the shade, however these poor fans were not so lucky. They became a wall of waving hands, fans and programs during the day.
Image above: Maria Sharapova is infamous for her moaning during a match, and she didn’t disappoint her critics, but I was impressed by her focus and drive.
Image above: The Jacob’s Creek Reserve range that we were given to try at home.
The Reserve range represents quality, made by carefully selecting grapes from the region that is particularly renowned for that grape variety, giving each wine a unique personality and regional style. There are six varietals in the Reserve range, so you’re sure to find something to suit your taste or accompany your meal.
What do I think?
I was pleasantly surprised by the Jacob’s Creek Reserve Range. I love the Coonawarra and Barossa regions for their red wine and I must say that I really enjoyed their Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. We also tried the Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz and they were both enjoyable. The Sauvignon Blanc is made from grapes picked from the Adelaide Hills – an area well known for it’s beautiful cool climate wines. I liked the full flavour and fruitiness of this particular wine.
Jacob’s Creek also offer suggestions on what food to serve with each wine variety. It makes the task of creating a luncheon or dinner menu so much easier for the host. If you’re looking for something a little more premium than your everyday quaff, then you should try the Jacob’s Creek Reserve range, your dinner guests won’t be disappointed. The Jacob’s Creek Reserve range is widely available from liquor retailers around Australia (RRP $17.99).
* Source – Tennis Australia (visit for more interesting stats on the tournament)