Riesling #1: Incredible Dinner At Carlton Wine Room


February 2020

When /

Tuesday, 18th February

Where /

Carlton Wine Room, Melbourne

Carlton Wine Room’s first Cellar Dinner of 2020 is named Riesling #1, and it’s unmissable.
It’s the brainchild of the venue’s award-winning sommelier, Travis Howe, and is themed around a long-standing curiosity of his: “Why is it that every time I sit around a table of somms, importers or winemakers, it’s the Riesling bottle that’s always finished first?” says Travis. “It’s also the most talked about, highly ranked and often the cheapest too! This happens regardless of whatever Barolo or Burgundy might be on that same table. Are we finally at the stage where we just recognise that Riesling really is the most delicious wine in the world?”
Let’s explore this whilst drinking some of the Germany’s most elite bottles and make up our own minds shall we…
‘Riesling #1’ also comes with a very special guest, Australia’s godfather of Riesling. That’s Patrick Walsh, CellarHand founder and director.
The wines at this dinner are the kind we dream about. The kind that seem to be beyond reach but here they are, waiting to be drunk deeply, disected and digested with gusto. It’s an intimate, engaging and unforgettable evening with some of the world’s most incredible Riesling sites – plus some of Patrick’s fancy Baden Spätburgunder (aka Pinot Noir) to drink “for fun”.

The nitty gritty:

– Only 12 seats available
– Tickets are $260 per person
– Tuesday 18th February
– Start time 6.30pm
– Bookings are only confirmed with a $50 deposit
– Reserve your place over the phone (03) 9347 2626 Monday-Friday 11am to 5pm
– Carlton Wine Room is at 172-174 Faraday St, Carlton


Raw scallop tostada, spring onion, chilli

2014 Ansgar Clüsserath ‘Trittenheimer Apotheke’ Riesling Kabinett Mosel, Germany


Kingfish crudo, crème fraîche, horseradish, pickled wombok
Anchovy, fried bread, ricotta, pickled cucumber
Potato salad, Yarra Valley smoked salmon roe, spring onion

2017 Georg Breuer ‘Berg Schlossberg’ Riesling Rheingau, Germany

Duck & pork croquette, prune vinegar
Iceberg Caesar, smoked pork, parmesan, chopped egg, pangrattato
Duck heart skewers

2018 Dönnhoff ‘Hermannshöhle’ Riesling Grosses Gewächs Nahe, Germany

Western Plains pork chop, choucroute garnie
Mixed leaf salad

2018 Wittmann ‘Morstein’ Riesling Grosses Gewächs Rheinhessen, Germany

Goat cheese

2016 Heymann-Löwenstein ‘Uhlen Blaufüsser Lay’ Riesling Grosses Gewächs Mosel, Germany


2015 Huber Alte Reben Pinot Noir Baden, Germany