At Burch Family Wines, our favourite months of the year are the ones where our calendars are filled with exciting events that celebrate a love for high quality wine. And for that reason, October, November and December did not disappoint. From much-anticipated annual events to memorable occasions loved by staff and guests alike, it was the perfect way to end a thoroughly successful year.
Gourmet Escape Howard Park 30th Anniversary Celebration
6.30pm Saturday, November 19th and 12.00pm Sunday, November 20th
In celebration of our 30th anniversary in 2016, Howard Park partnered with Gourmet Escape to host an intimate and exclusive dining experience at our Wine Chapel as part of the 2016 Margaret River Gourmet Escape program.
Renowned chefs Scott Pickett of Estelle and Paul Iskov of Fervor joined forces for the celebratory event, bringing their own styles, expertise and Sous Chefs along to create a rare and intimate feast, using local Margaret River produce and pairing it with the finest of our Howard Park wines. Both chefs commented on how relaxed and enjoyable the celebration was.
Gourmet Escape Village Exhibitor
Saturday 19th and Sunday November 20th
This year we once again took part in the annual Gourmet Escape Village, and honoured Howard Park’s 30th anniversary.
Visitors could taste a wide range of MadFish and Howard Park wines from sparkling to Chardonnay, SBS, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Staff member Marty from our Warehouse team in Margaret River built unique wine bars out of used wine barrels to create an authentic winery feel.
International Pinot Noir Tasting & Lunch 2016
Saturday 22nd October
On Saturday 22nd October 2016 we held our annual International Pinot Noir Tasting & Lunch at our picturesque Margaret River estate.
Pinot Noir lovers descended upon the winery from all over Australia to take part in a tasting of 18 of the world’s best Pinot Noirs from Australia, Burgundy, Germany, New Zealand and the USA, exploring the expressions of the 2013 vintage in the Northern Hemisphere and the 2014 vintage in the Southern Hemisphere from some of the world’s finest producers.
This year's tasting was led by guest speakers Steve Leslie, our own Jeff Burch and Chief Winemaker Janice McDonald.
At the conclusion of the tasting guests were treated to a delectable lunch created by acclaimed Chef Malcolm Chow in our stunning Wine Chapel. The food was carefully matched with selected wines that showcased the evolution of Howard Park in our 30th Anniversary year.
2016 Annual Club Members Tasting
Tuesday 29th November 2016
Each year in November, Burch Family Wines brings our Cellar Door to Perth city, with a tasting exclusively for our online Wine Club members and their guests. This year the traditional annual event took place at the beautiful Rambla on Swan overlooking the city lights and spectacular sweeping Swan River views.
Club Members and their guests sampled the current and new release wines from Howard Park and Marchand & Burch, and had the opportunity to talk about our wines with the Burch Family, our winemakers including Janice McDonald and Mark Bailey, and our Margaret River cellar door team.
A highlight of the evening was the opportunity to taste the newly arrived 2014 vintage Marchand & Burch Pinot Noirs from Burgundy.
Other Event highlights included:
• A final opportunity for members to secure the limited edition 30th Anniversary Howard Park releases of our 2013 Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon and 2015 Mount Barker Riesling.
• Our superb 2011 Museum Release Riesling, recently awarded 98 points by Huon Hooke
• Special back vintages including the 2004 Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot.
Summer Wine Fiesta
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December 2016
On Saturday December 10 & Sunday December 11 our Margaret River estate turned into a Summer Wine Fiesta with fun Mediterranean vibes, a range of Mediterranean food, delicious wines, music and activities.
Visitors could enjoy paella, MadFish Cellar Door exclusives Grenache Shiraz & Malbec, our new release Howard Park Merlot, Sangria and Howard Park Vermouth Cocktails. Musician David Lawrence of Mister and Sunbird performed upbeat music while games of bocce and badminton were had on our picnic lawns.