"Life is too short to only drink one style of wine… As long as it comes from the Yarra Valley I will always be happy."
Liz Matthews, National Wine Sales Manager at Rochford Wines, talks wine at A Day On The Green.
What's the secret to a good drop of vino? Choose wines from a known region and always try the styles that that region is recognised for, like Yarra Valley and their Chardonnay or Pinot Noir.
How long have you been doing brilliant things with the grape? Rochford has been producing fine wines in both Macedon and the Yarra Valley since 1998.
You are hosting A Day On The Green this year — have you got anything special planned for it? Sure — we are about to release the new vintages of some of our 2015 wines. 2015 was a stunning year and so watch out for our Yarra Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on the day.
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Besides the wine, of course, what else does your winery offer? New Head Chef Raki Andriana is bringing a fresh, contemporary style to our food offerings this season and wait until you see our gorgeous new interior of the restaurant after three months of renovations!
Any wine recommendations for concert-goers? Always start with a glass of our 2011 Isabella's Vineyard Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine — the perfect aperitif and start to the day — and then move through to your favourite wine style using the weather and your lunch as a guide to the best match.
What's the perfect food partner for your best-loved wine? So hard to choose… Duck and our Pinot Noir, 2011 Isabella's Blanc de Blanc Sparkling and oysters, or could it be our Chardonnay with a fresh piece of fish.
If you could only drink one variety of wine for the rest of your life, what would it be? Oh no, I don't know that I can answer this one! Life is too short to only drink one style of wine… As long as it comes from the Yarra Valley I will always be happy.
Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions will be playing at Rochford Wines, 6 Dec.