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Upcoming food and wine events in SA, including an exclusive Coonawarra wine dinner, all-you-can-eat tacos in the Adelaide Hills, and a paella day at a McLaren Vale cellar door.

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St Hugo Wine Dinner – June 29

Held at the National Wine Centre, the St Hugo Wine Dinner will feature a vertical tasting flight of the Coonawarra winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon with St Hugo winemaker Nick Bruer guiding guests through nine different vintages of the Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine will be matched with a four-course menu prepared by National Wine Centre executive chef Tze Khaw and his team using local produce. The event starts at 6.30pm and tickets ($150pp) are available at wineaustralia.com.au.

Bottega Rotolo Cheese Experiences

Fine food and wine merchant Bottega Rotolo has a new calendar of cheese classes and workshops at their King William Road store exploring some of the best European and Australian varieties, styles, and food and wine matches. Classes include the Winter Cheese Experience (June 23), the Italian Cheese Experience (June 16), the White Mould Cheese Experience (June 30), the Raw Milk Cheese Experience (July 7 and September 22), the Blue Cheese Experience (July 14), the European Cheese Experience (July 21), the Cheese and Whisky Experience (August 4), the Cheese and Chocolate Experience (August 11), the Spanish Cheese Experience (August 18), the Washed Rind Cheese Experience (September 8), and the Goat Milk Cheese Experience (September 15).

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A cheese tasting at Bottega Rotolo.

Prancing Pony Brewery events

Totness brewery Prancing Pony is celebrating Adelaide Hills craft beer, good food and fun with these upcoming winter events: All You Can Taco (June 17 and 24) offers unlimited Tacos for $20 per person with Prancing Pony beer on tap to match; and the Winter is Coming winter solstice weekend (June 25-26) offers Prancing Pony craft beers, music, slow-cooked food and a bonefire for marshmallow toasting. More information available here.

The Longest Table Ambassador Dinner – June 18

Join The Longest Table ambassadors – cook Bree May, “cancer thriver” Jenni Eyles, brewers Craig Basford and Jason Harris, and chef Domenic Tiani – for a three-course Moroccan feast showcasing SA produce along with Big Shed Brewing Company cider and beer, as well as wines by Howard Vineyard and a welcome cocktail by Steve The Bartender. The event, which supports the work of Australian cancer researchers, will be held at the Published Arthouse, 11 Cannon Street, Adelaide. Tickets are $100 per person and cover food and beverages, live entertainment and a live auction hosted by Eyles, with all donations and auction proceeds used to #FORKCANCER.

Bree May, passionate cook and ambassador for The Longest Table.

Bree May, passionate cook and ambassador for The Longest Table.

Formaggio e Vino – June 23

Join cheese expert Valerie Henbest (Smelly Cheese Shop and Say Cheese Company) and Mercato’s La Cantina resident Italian wine expert Chris Sarandis for a tutored tasting of five premium Italian and French cheeses alongside Italian wine matches. Experience La Tur (Italian goat, cow, sheep cheese) alongside 2015 Linnaea Allora Dell Monferrato Cortese; Bufaletto (Italian buffalo Taleggio) with 2014 Cantina Del Taburno Falanghina Del Sannio; Comte (French cow cheese) with NV Bellavista Alma Cuvee Franciacorta; Ossau Iraty (French cow cheese) with 2014 Castello di Neive Pinot Nero; and Blu di Caravaggio (Italian blue cheeese) with NV Martinez Zibbibo ‘Laus’. The session costs $50 per person and will be held at Mercato. Information and bookings here.

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Cheese expert Valerie Henbest.

WayWood Wines Paella Day #3 – June 25

Join McLaren Vale’s WayWood Wines for a glass of wine and a plate of paella, tapas, cheese and other treats at their Kays Road cellar door. Paella Day #3 tickets are $25 per person. Places are limited so bookings are essential.

Losing the plot – until June 26

Losing the Plot: food gardening in South Australia is a Migration Museum exhibition that explores the history of growing food in South Australia and examines the stories behind the food on our plates, from Aboriginal food production and school and community gardens to the home garden and market gardens in SA. The exhibition is accompanied by a program of workshops and talks focussing on food gardening and the use of garden produce in preserving and cooking.

Winter Reds Weekend – July 29 to 31

Now in its sixth year, the Adelaide Hills Wine Region’s Winter Reds Weekend is a mini wine festival celebrating cool-climate red wines. This year is set to be the largest Winter Reds, with more than 40 participating wineries offering a diverse range of tasting events. Entry to non-ticketed events is a one-off $10 fee and includes a Spiegelau glass to keep. Space may be limited, so bookings are encouraged. See the Adelaide Hills Wine Region website for the full program.

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Wine tasting and open fires at Winter Reds. Photo: Andrew Beveridge/asbcreative.com

Langhorne Creek Cellar Treasures Weekend – August 13-14

Discover hidden gems at Langhorne Creek’s Cellar Treasures Weekend as the region’s cellar doors uncover some carefully cellared wines. Learn about the benefits of cellaring wines as you taste the difference. See the Langhorne Creek Wine website for more details about this free event.

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Langhorne Creek Cellar Treasures Weekend at Lake Breeze Wines.

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