EVENT: Explore and Taste Australia’s Finest Wines with Matthew Jukes
Saturday 15 December 2018
Messums Wiltshire invite you to a relaxed and informal tasting of Australia’s finest wines introduced by the Daily Mail’s wine critic and writer Matthew Jukes. Earlier in the year, Johnny Messum and wine connoisseur Matthew Jukes, who share a love of both wine and Australia, hatched a plan to open fifty of the finest 100 Best Wines alongside a collection of Australian paintings at the Tithe Barn on 15th December. They both hope that you will join them for a thoroughly unique evening of indulgence in the form of Australian wine and art. The wines are designed as a balanced, modern collection of all styles of wine, including sparklers, whites, reds, sweet and fortified wines. Everybody attending the wine tasting will receive a free copy of Matthew’s 100 Best Australian Wines 2018-19 booklet worth £25.
Our head chef Sunny Sin from the Mess Restaurant will create a selection of nibbles, charcuterie and soups to complement the wines. So come along to the barn and enjoy some drinks followed by a delicious feast.
Join gallery owner and collector Johnny Messum for a ‘walkabout’ guided tour of our Australian art exhibition in the Long Gallery at 6pm followed by the wine tasting at 6:30. The show is a personal exhibition of artworks collected by Messums Wiltshire on their journeys to Australia in the past 18 months and a celebration of the remarkable creativity down under. Works included by artists Ros Auld, Tim Winters, Daniel Agdag, Billy Whiskey and Bruce Munro.
Home to some of the oldest vines in the world, Australia is rapidly gaining ground in the trade and the public’s estimation as a fine-wine producing country of note. With its sheer size, Australia has a vast array of diverse climates and the wines produced reflect each of their region’s distinct and unique characteristics.
Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for over 30 years, he wrote ‘The Wine Book’ which was serialised by the Daily Mail and then went on to write the most widely read wine column in the UK in the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine. In January 2012, Matthew Jukes was awarded the Honorary Australian of the Year Award by the Australia Day Foundation. His book, Taste Food & Wine, co-written with Tyson Stelzer, won the Australian Food Media Award for Best Food and Writing in 2008. In 2002, Matthew won the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition’s Trophy for Wine Communicator of the Year.