Wednesday 16 March 2011
More than 70 clients tantalised their palates and selected the Galli Estate Sauvignon Blanc as one of the MCEC feature wines at an exclusive Executive PA event held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) on Thursday 10 March.
The function, in partnership with the adjoining Hilton Melbourne South Wharf, showcased South Wharf Meetings and Events and included a tour of both the MCEC and Hilton’s spaces and facilities.
Clients were given free rein in the kitchen to taste sauvignon blancs from the central Victorian and outer Melbourne winery regions – along with an accompanying tasting plate featuring locally sourced ingredients – and invited to select one of the new feature wines for the MCEC menu.
MCEC’s director of food and wine Frank Burger said the three sauvignon blancs were selected by the MCEC wine tasting panel and clients were asked to taste each wine both with and without food.
“Everyone really got into the spirit of critiquing the wine and the tasting revealed varying results between the sauvignon blancs; apart from the standout Galli Estate which received the same amount of votes before and after the tasting plates.
“We tailor menus specific to our clients’ event requirements, but this was a great opportunity for them to not only have a say in selecting an MCEC featured wine but also for us to demonstrate the careful consideration we take to matching wines with our seasonal dishes,” Burger said.
Client Berit Itschert said: “Thank you for the great event; the food was superb, the wine was lovely, and the wine tasting idea and running of the event as a whole was fabulous and opened my eyes to the facilities you have.”
The MCEC and Hilton Melbourne South Wharf have partnered to offer South Wharf Meetings and Events – an initiative for small and medium sized meetings and events that provides flexible booking options for MCEC’s state-of-the-art conference and meeting spaces with the integrated and luxurious five-star Hilton hotel.