Meeting Novak Djokovic with Jacob’s Creek

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Last night I got to be a total fan girl thanks to Jacob’s Creek which hosted an Our Table event including special guest Novak Djokovic.  

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I’ve been telling people that I had dinner with Novak but of course it was more like me, Novak and about 200 other people.  Still I did get to listen to Novak chat to Masterchef winner Andy Allen about all things food and wine (did you know Novak is vegetarian?) and even scored a quick selfie with the tennis star himself. Totally shameless.

Novak chats all things food and wine.
Novak chats all things food and wine.

Novak is an ambassador for one of Australia’s best known wine companies Jacob’s Creek.  As a guest at the Our Table event at beautiful converted warehouse space 45 Downstairs we got to try some of Jacob’s Creek’s premium wines including a guided wine tasting to start the night.

Lemon juice, hard cheese, berries and chocolates to help us in the guided wine tasting.
Lemon juice, hard cheese, berries and chocolates to help us in the guided wine tasting.

Then we were able to experience how the wines paired with food starting off with the Jacob’s Creek Reserve Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015.  

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This was probably my favourite wine of the night given it was a pretty warm evening a chilled and complex chardonnay was a great match to some simple grilled prawns with a smoky char served on a dollop of peperonata, green tomato and chive salsa.

Grilled prawns with peperonata
Grilled prawns with peperonata

I loved that Jacob’s Creek served up kangaroo as a main alongside its Reserve Barossa Signature Shiraz 2014.  This is a meat we all should be eating more of and it was tender and just a little bit gamey with soft slivers of cabbage and roasted carrot and pancetta.  

Kangaroo paired with Jacob's Creek's signature Shiraz
Kangaroo paired with Jacob’s Creek’s signature Shiraz

As we had learnt from our wine tasting earlier (and many years of personal combining!) chocolate is the perfect match for a glass of cabernet sauvignon so the evening finished with an indulgent and creamy hazelnut dacquoise with minted dark chocolate mousse and Jacob’s Creek Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon.  

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Hazelnut dacquoise

I’m looking forward to watching the tennis over the next two weeks with a glass or two of Jacob’s Creek while I cheer on my new best friend Novak.  

Gourmet Chick was a guest of Jacob’s Creek at the Our Table event.

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Details: Jacob’s Creek Our Table at 45 Downstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Damage: Priceless. Unfortunately this was a one off experience.
 

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