On the second Saturday in June, gin lovers around the world will unite in celebration of all things juniper-based for the 11th year in a row. In Melbourne, The Melbourne Gin Company (MGC) will host a special lunch to join the festivities of World Gin Day 2019.
The event will take place on the 8th of June from 12 pm above The European, one of Melbourne’s iconic locations, in the private Tea Room. Reminiscent of a Victorian era Gentleman’s Club, the Tea Room is hidden behind a non-descript wooden door sandwiched between The City Wine Shop and the European as part of The European Group family (City Wine Shop, The European, Siglo, The Melbourne Supper Club, French Saloon and others).
Playing on the unique skills of Andrew Marks, the man behind The Melbourne Gin Company and chief winemaker at Gembrook Hill Vineyard, this will be no ordinary Saturday lunch. The MGC team have embarked on a journey into alchemy to present guests with a range of cocktails that combine both wine and gin coming from the cool climate of the southern Upper Yarra Valley, Gembrook.
Reimagined classics will feature throughout the meal – think of a French 75 with MGC Dry Gin and Gembrook Hill Blanc de Blancs. Stepping outside of the comfort zone of traditional food and wine pairing, these cocktails will be accompanied by a Three-Course Menu in the best tradition of The European Group.
“Wearing a few hats – making wine at Gembrook Hill Vineyard and having created the Melbourne Gin Company; sooner or later you want to see what can happen if these two worlds collide,” says Andrew Marks, Owner and Distiller, MGC. “out of this curiosity we started experimenting with Gin & Wine cocktails that would equally celebrate both of our passions. We are quite satisfied with the results and want to share the fruits of our labour with all the gin (and wine) lovers out there this World Gin Day."
MGC Gin & Wine Lunch is a ticketed event priced at $150 per person which includes a drink on arrival, 3-course lunch with beverage pairing. Tickets available via eventbrite.com.au/e/61554174192
MGC Gin & Wine Lunch will take place on Saturday the 8th of June from 12 pm to 5 pm at The Tea Room, adjacent to Melbourne Supper Club, Level 1/161 Spring St Melbourne CBD