The Travelling Corkscrew has been heading along to Scarboroughs Sunset Wines since it started, back in 2014 and the event continues to evolve to suit the changing landscape of what alcoholic beverages Western Australians are enjoying.
Last years Sunset Wines was bittersweet, as I knew that the event was going to be the last wine event I would be heading along with Casey for a while since she was moving to the Gippsland Wine Region in Victoria, and boy did we make the most of it on that day.
It was because of this fab experience, that I have been really excited about heading along to the event again this year.
And if you’re Perth based and wondering what to do today, then there is still time for you to enjoy the wonderful wines and beer being made right here in Western Australia, with Sundays session starting at 2pm and finishing up at 8pm.
Head on over to the Sunset Wine and Brews Facebook event for more details.
You may even bump into some people you know like the Perth Wine Girl.
Yesterday was a day of celebrations. Late last month, it was my birthday, along with my brothers and on Friday, it was my partners birthday and my nieces 18th birthday yesterday (Saturday) – woah, that is a lot of birthdays all at one time!
So, before Sunset Wine and Brews, we met up at the Scarborough Beach Bar.
After finishing our lunch, to celebrate, my eldest sister had cooked an awesome Hummingbird cake and four Hummingbird cupcakes for each of the birthdays.
My sister is a pretty talented cook!
Naturally, the 18-year-old got to cut the cake, while I watched on.
It was the perfect way to start the day, and best of all, it was just across the road from the festival.
Rose All Day
It was pretty hot yesterday, reaching a top of 34 degrees, so it was a great relief once the breeze started to come in off the Indian Ocean.
So for this reason, I wasn’t too keen to try too much red wine. What I was craving was anything chilled to help beat the heat and our choice of the day was Rose.
Here is a sample of some of the roses that are on offer. There is a range of both sweet and dry styles, although my preference is for the drier styles.
Arida from Talisman Winery in the Ferguson Valley.
Wicked Fairy from Frazerwoods in the Willyabrup region of Margaret River.
Frazerwoods also had a sparkling Shiraz on offer which was exactly what I was craving. I mentioned to my partner on a few occasions during the day that I felt like a chilled red wine so this hit the spot.
84 Vin had three roses to try:
- Domaine De La Citadelle Court Métrage Rosé from Domaine De La Citadelle in Menerbes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France.
- Baron Maxime Rosé from Château de Beaupré in Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, Provence, France.
- Le Châtaignier Rosé from Domaine De La Citadelle in Menerbes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France.
Cameo from Crooked Brook in the Geograph Wine Region.
Bone Dry Rose from Happs in Margaret River.
Lantana from Settlers Ridge in Margaret River.
Saracen Estates Rose from Margaret River.
Rose from Lancaster Winery in the Swan Valley.
Wild Rose from Clown Fish in Margaret River.
Sweet Rose from Alchemist Winery in Margaret River.
Windmills Rose from Bunkers in Margaret River.
And while not technically a rose, the team at Vineyard 28 (based in the Geograph region) had a delicious Moscato Rosa for us to sample.
What about Frose?
Looking for something a little colder? Both Alchemist Winery and 84 Vin (a premium rose delivery service in Australia) were offering tastings or by the glass Frose to keep everyone cool!
If you’re craving Frose from home, why not try the Travelling Corkscrews easy Frose recipe.
And there is even Sangria available from Happs Wines for $10 a glass.
And there are also cocktails available from the Crafted Cocktail bar.
It’s Not Just About The Wine
We were pretty lucky to also sample some gin and beer while at Sunset Wine and Brews and we had some favourites.
Where we could, we kept with the pink theme.
Tattarang Springs is a gin and vodka distillery based in the Perth Hills. The colour of the pink gin is from the Bottle Brush flower which is naturally infused.
The “I almost bought you flowers” may be a good option if you or your partner prefer beer over a floral bouquet this Valentines.
And if you visit the Thorny Devil stand, expect to walk away with one of these stylish hats.
What To Eat
There are eight food trucks to choose from including Mexican, Japanese and Spanish dishes.
The Paella from Tapasman was an absolute crowd pleaser.
Sunset Wine and Brews is back at its original location of Scarborough Beach Reserve on the Esplanade at Scarborough and continues today (Sunday, February 10) featuring 12 wineries and two wine distributors, plus 9 breweries, cideries and local spirit makers.
The event runs from 2pm until 8pm and tickets will be available at the gate.
- Complimentary wine and brews tastings between 2pm and 6pm
- Complimentary wine lockers
- Complimentary Sunset Balcony
- Enjoy tunes from local DJs
I strongly recommend buying the Plumm tasting ticket, which includes a premium Plumm souvenir tasting glass for you to take home.
My partner and I had lots of questions about where we got the glasses from and I think a few jealous drinkers who would have loved the glasses themselves. I must admit, it is far easier to do a tasting from and the glass is wide enough to get your nose in for a smell.
To see how the event has evolved over the years, check out the Travelling Corkscrews event wrap up from past years.