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Wednesday 1 May 2024

A most unusual wine tasting with a Eurovision theme

Calling all adventurous wine lovers in Melbourne.

Fancy combining the spirit of Eurovision with a tasting of wines from the likes of Slovenia, Moldova, Greece and Georgia?

With small bites and a hip tattooist thrown into the mix?

Put the night of Thursday, May 9, into your diaries for Collingwood’s Into The Vines Wine Tasting Series kicking off Eurovision fever at Into Coffee from 6pm.

There will be the chance to sample up to 24 international wines that are not the usual suspects, along with Really Nice Poke - a Melbourne poke tattooist offering wine-themed tattoos, a masterclass hosted by wine educator Jay Bessel, and small bites curated by chef Boris Portnoy.

So maybe not for Nannas who like a quiet Moscato.

The showcasing of wines from lesser-known European wine regions will put a spotlight on rare varieties and bring a little funk to the tasting table.

Because production is limited, many of these wines are usually only available ‘on-premise’ - fine restaurants and wine bars, or specialised boutique bottle shops - but this event will also offer a rare opportunity to purchase them directly.

Among the importers being showcased will be Small Story: Germany and Austria; Romwine: Romania and Moldova; Vinous Wines: Georgia; DejaVu: Greece and Felixir: Slovenia.

Guests can choose from two experiences at booking: the tasting experience which allows them to try over 24 wines during the evening ($20) or a masterclass and tasting experience ($45)– where they can try the 24 wines in the tasting at their leisure, and also participate in an interactive "edutainment".

On arrival, guests will be given a tasting card, a glass and an introduction to all of the importers, and then they are invited to move through the room discovering and purchasing the wines.

On theme, there will be a voting station where they can give their 12 points to their favourite country’s wine.

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