Winter Wine Time at Cellar Door Fest

It’s winter wine time, with Cellar Door Fest returning to the CBD for a wine-fuelled weekend this July. 

Travel our award-winning wine regions without leaving the Adelaide Convention Centre, as dozens of South Australian cellar doors set up shop across July 8 and 9. 

Stepping away from its usual jam-packed program, this instalment of Cellar Door Fest is taking a boutique approach to the weekend, curating an intimate line-up of wine producers that stretch the state. 

This winter edit is about slowing down and enjoying the company of mates over a glass (or two) of wine. With the mercury dipping, the red wine will be flowing, with premium drops heralding from the Coonawarra and Barossa to help ease the winter chill. White and lo-fi wine lovers can taste tipples of Pet Nat, Chardonnay and more with producers slinging glasses of newly-released drops for festival-goers. 

If wine is not your style, Cellar Door Fest is also housing distillery doors and breweries across the weekend. Spirit specialists like 23rd Streel Distillery, Heaps Good Gin and Full Circle Spirits will be serving nips of the strong stuff, and Vale Brewing will be pouring pints. 

Not for the fainthearted, Lock 4 Distillery will also be slinging their Chilli Vodka to crowds. The subtly sweet and softly spiced spirit will have your tongue tingling but will bring the heat to your cocktails and vodka lime sodas.  

The spotlight will be on several soft acoustic musicians and DJs soundtracking your tasting experience. Taking the stage includes the likes of Banjo Jackson, Mason Lloyd and DJ Ruby Chew, playing tunes that range from indie folk to noughties disco.

Re-fuel at the Artisan Food Market, with food trucks like Moi An Viet, The Bearded Cook and Forage Supply Co rolling up alongside other small-batch producers, like Woodside Cheese Wrights and Spice Girlz Gourmet. 

Cellar Door Fest prides itself on putting SA producers first, showing off the incredible homegrown winemakers, distillers and brewers proud to South Australia home. Tickets to the wine-fuelled weekend begin retailing at $31 for the Friday session and $41 for both Saturday sessions, including a take-home Riedel wine glass. 

Have you rounded up a group of mates keen to hit the festival? Cellar Door Fest is offering discount tickets to groups over 10, too.

Cellar Door Fest Distiller Edit kicks off July 8 and runs until April 9. Buy your tickets here.

Best Places To Enjoy a G+T in Adelaide This World Gin Day

South Australia is home to some of the best gin distillers in the country. From the CBD to McLaren Vale and the Riverland, our homegrown gin nuts bottle botanicals that make taste buds sing. 

This June 11, toast SA’s best for World Gin Day with a glass featuring nips of your favourite gin. Here’s our favourite places to sip a G+T in SA: 

Udaberri | 11-13 Leigh Street, Adelaide 

This Leigh Street bar, with its window seat dining, pintxos and bulging drinks list, is a love letter to tapas bars scattered across Spain. Settle in and select your drink of choice – gin, of course. 

Udaberri serves pimped up gin and tonics. Sip aviation gin served with Japanese cherry tea and tonic topped with apple; a nip of Fifty Pounds London Dry stirred with pomegranate molasses, tonic, hibiscus and a sprinkling of dehydrated strawberries; or a zesty Whitley Neill with tonic, coriander and dried lemon. 

The Howling Owl |10 Vaughan Place, Adelaide 

It’s suffice to say The Howling Owl knows a thing or two about gin. The cosy gin nook is home to over 200 bottles of small batch gin and boasts a 25-page menu! Trawl the gin bible and select your favourite find. The gin gurus and expert mixologists behind the bar will pair each spirit with select garnishes and mixes that make the botanicals burst. 

This June 11, visit the bar to celebrate its tenth birthday in style. The Howling Owl is hosting a mini block party – Gin City Limits – to toast its love for gin and their major milestone. 

Prohibition Liquor Co x Next Door Bar | 24 Gilbert Street, Adelaide 

This CBD distillery door takes you back to the prohibition era, where drinking a G+T was an illicit activity. Prohibition Liquor Co produces spirits that pack a punch with botanical notes. Visit the distillery’s contemporary cocktail bar, Next Door, to try the small-batch gins. Dabble in gin flights, sip on cocktails or choose one of the many gins on offer. 

Juniper on the Marina | 11/12 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg 

This Marina Pier gin haunt boasts an extensive array of SA and international gins stocked on its blue-lit back bar. Indulge in gin sours bayside as the bartenders wow you with their mixology skills. Enjoy an Applewood Coral Pink gin – paired with pink peppercorns, vanilla and Fever Tree tonic – as you slip into weekend mode. 

Ambleside Distillers | Cnr of Ambleside Road and Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf 

Ambleside Distillers puts the Hills’ spirit industry on the map. The distillery door handcrafts each spirit, utilising high-quality ingredients – mostly plucked from the surrounding garden – to build their small-batch gin. 

This World Gin Day, the Hahndorf-based distillery door is slinging classic G+Ts for a cause. Ambleside has teamed up with Monarto Safari Park to raise funds for the conservation of African White Rhino and Hippo, releasing two limited gins – the Kifaru and Kiboko gin – in the park’s honour.

23rd Street Distillery | Cnr 23rd Street and Renmark Avenue, Renmark 

The distillery’s namesake is not the only thing it derives from the location. The 23rd Street Distillery bottles botanicals and flavours synonymous with the Riverland. Think mandarin and blood oranges, ultraviolet butterfly pea flowers and tarty notes of Mulberry.  

This long weekend, 23rd Street Distillery is hosting gin flights, slinging pizza and playing live music for guests of the Renmark-based tasting room. Soak up the regional excellence across three days of fun.  

Never Never Distilling Co | 56 Field Street, McLaren Vale

Never Never Distilling Co has helped put South Australias gin capital on the map internationally, collecting accolades for their brilliant botanicals and distilling process at the World Gin Awards, amongst others. Their Triple Juniper Gin is renowned for its botanical notes, but the distilling mavericks also bottle unique flavours, like their Oyster Shell and Grenache gin. 

Visit the distillery door, adjoining sister venue Chalk Hill Wines, for a G+T and flight of Never Never’s best products this World Gin Day. Boasting panoramic views of McLaren Vale, the venue is the perfect place to celebrate it style. 

Hire a Rack

Sustainable fashion is good for the environment – and your bank balance!

Shopping sustainably has become easier, especially with businesses like Prelove in Hove and West Lakes. Inspired by similar concepts in Finland, Prelove is a second-hand shopping experience that hires racks to customers and sells their clothes for them. It’s here you can find the sold out Aje skirt you’ve been searching Facebook Marketplace for or that Scanlan Theodore dress for less than half the retail price.

“In the future, big fashion companies will take a step towards sustainable fashion,” Prelove owner Katie says, “By shopping sustainably you’re creating pressure to change things and hopefully positively impact our planet.

“Every piece of new clothing has gone through a complex manufacturing process that uses a high amount of electricity, water and other energy sources,” she says, “Recycling clothes saves energy by reducing or eliminating the need to make materials from scratch.”

Plus, it comes at a fraction of the cost. Prelove sells all of the top brands including Aje, Kookai, P.E Nation, Gorman, Spell & Gypsy and Tigerlily, as well as classic brands like Seed, Country Road, Witchery and Tommy Hilfiger, all in great condition. Their collection of clothes comes from the wardrobe of sellers who hire racks 
at the store.

prelove.com.au

@prelove.hove

@prelove.westlakes

Spring cleaning?

Why not hire a rack and sell your wardrobe at Prelove.

50 clothing items + 5 pairs of shoes = $89/week + 10% commission

100 clothing items + 8 pairs of shoes = $139/week + 10% commission

Debunking Dermaplanning

Dermaplanning is hair removal and exfoliation in one. We sent make-up artist Lili Karamalikis along to Laser Hair Removal at The Bay to find out what all the fuss is about.

“Dermaplanning has been a beauty buzz-word for some time now and I’ve always been intrigued, so I jumped at the chance to go along to Laser Hair Removal for an appointment with Veronica.

Veronica warmly welcomed me into her clinic and, as I filled out a consult form, she educated me on the treatment and how to look after my skin post-treatment. What made me feel most at ease was the fact that Veronica has years of experience, a passion for skin and that she is a qualified nurse.

Before the treatment, the biggest concern I had was whether my hair 
would grow back prickly. Veronica quickly reassured me that this is one of the biggest dermaplanning myths. If removed correctly, the removal of hair cannot change the way hair grows. 

Veronica started by double cleansing my face and preparing it for treatment while I relaxed. The blade on my skin felt incredibly therapeutic and surprisingly less invasive than many other treatments that I’ve had in the past. The procedure was quick (about 45 minutes), which to be honest was a little disappointing – I could’ve lay there for hours! To finish off and to rehydrate my post-treatment skin I was then treated to a hyaluronic mask. Bliss!

Veronica gave me a rundown on how to look after my skin post-dermaplanning so I felt super confident leaving the clinic. I have never really felt like I have a lot of ‘peach fuzz’ on my face but after 
this treatment my face felt so smooth! I asked Veronica if I could see what she removed, and I was so shocked. It’s actually quite confronting.

My skin felt super smooth straight after the treatment, but the results were even better the following week. Make-up looks and applies 10 times better and there are no visible pores or bumps. 

I would highly recommend this treatment to anyone who wants their skin to feel softer and look smoother. There is also little to no downtime, so you don’t have to worry about planning around your treatment. I’ll be back.”

Laser Hair Removal at The Bay and On Unley

1/61 Tapleys Hill Road, Glenelg North

16/13-23 Unley Road, Parkside

08 8295 7070

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Table Inspiration

Reinvent your table this spring with dinnerware and kitchen accessories from Harbour Town Premium Outlets.

HAMPTONS STYLE

Get the Hamptons look in your home with tableware from Bed, Bath N’ Table.

Arlo tea towel (a placemat), $14.95; Sutton dinner set, pieces from $6.95 each; Morgan & Finch palm glasses, $29.95 set of 4; Verona glass jug, $29.95; Jaipur napkins, $24.95; Tablekraft 32 pcs cutlery set, was $159.95 now $79.95 (from Minimax).

NAUTICAL

Update your kitchen staples for spring with these classic styles from Sheridan

SFO apron, was $59.95 now $20; Robyn tea towel set of 2, was $32.99 now $15; Thread Apron, was $39.95 now $15; Harling tea towel set, was $39.95 now $15; Madina tea towel set, $26.99.

WARM SCANDINAVIAN

Create the warm Scandi look this spring. Add textured placemats, rustic warm wood tones and retro-inspired dinnerware from House and Garden.

Rustic Mango wood serving board, was $79.95 now $54.95; Placemats, was $14.95 now $6.95 each; Sorrento vase, was $44.95 now $31.46; Amarantus faux foliage, $12.95; Salt & pepper shakers, $59.95; Rustic coasters set or 4, was $14.95 now $9.95; Winston wine glasses, was $39.95 now $29.95; Celine tumblers, was $29.95 now $14.95; Hana dinner set 12 pce, was $159.95 now $79.95; Moscow 40 pce cutlery set, was $199.95 now $99.95; Mango wood bowl, was $139 now $54.95; Salad servers, was $39.95 now $29.95.

MIX N’ MATCH DINNER SET

Create a mix and match dinner set with colourful tableware. Create your own style with outlet pieces from Minimax.

Speckle plates navy/blue/pink, $14.95 each; Duck egg dinner set, was $129.95 now $89.95; Teapot, $24.95; Cuddle mugs, was $24.95 now $19.95; Krosno tumblers, was $49.95 now $34.95; Stemless wine glasses, was $49.95 now $29.95; Mugs with handles, was $49.95 now $29.95; Tablekraft 32 pcs cutlery set, was $159.95 now $79.95; Laguiole cheese knife, $14.96.

Prices correct and items available at time of publishing.

Illuminate Adelaide Announces Extended Times

Illuminate Adelaide’s magical light installations will reopen around Adelaide yesterday, after its short closure due to the state-wide lockdown, and have decided to continue shinning all the way into August. 

Illuminate Adelaide Co-Founders and Creative Directors, Lee Cumberlidge and Rachael Azzopardi said, “we are thrilled to be able to welcome audiences back to Illuminate Adelaide this week, turning the lights back on for Light Cycles, Light Creatures, City Lights and Van Gogh Alive, all of which brought so much joy before being paused. Although it won’t be the full program we had planned, we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to light up our wonderful city once again.”

Luckily, the centrepiece installation, Light Cycles at Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens, which showcases the immersive work by Canadian multimedia studio, Moment Factory, will be open again until Sunday 8 August. Having created mesmerising light shows for artists like Madonna, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran and Billie Eilish, this Australian first installation is not one to be missed. Using lights, sound, video and special effects, this show will amplify the voice of the natural world and captivate the audience. 

Capturing the captivating characters of the Zoos favourite residents, the enchanting Light Creatures installation at Adelaide Zoo has also recommenced and extended its time until Sunday 8 August. 

You will want to grab a ticket to the impressive Van Gogh Alive exhibition, which has extended its season until Sunday 22 August. This world-first display showcases the work of the iconic Vincent Van Gogh through audio-visual technology and includes a variety of Instagram-worthy moments throughout. 

City Lights, the free outdoor program of large-scale installations, projections and immersive works throughout Adelaide’s CBDyes will continue until Sunday 1 August, from 6pm till 11pm.

Due to the current restrictions in South Australia and interstate, The Avalanches: Since I Left You, Live with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre has been rescheduled to Wednesday 13 October and The Avalanches in Discussion has been rescheduled to Thursday 14 October.

Unfortunately, all ticketed MAAD (Music and Art After Dark) events have been cancelled this weekend due to the current COVID-19 restrictions. 

Firefly Field by Toer

For more information visit illuminateadelaide.com 

Go Behind The Scenes at Penfolds

Delve into the history of one of Australia’s most respected and prevalent winemakers at the Penfolds 1844 to Evermore event, which is part of the month-long South Australian History Festival.

History isn’t all about dates, it’s also about people and, in this case, wine! Step back in time as you wander through the historic Grange Cottage, the original home of Penfolds’ founders, physician Christopher Penfold and his wife Mary, which still sits proudly at the entrance of Magill Estate.

You’ll also walk through the original working winery, explore the vineyards and hear historic tales during a tour of the underground tunnels.

It wouldn’t seem right to leave without a taste test, so a complimentary glass of wine is included and can be enjoyed at the cellar door at the end of the tour.

The South Australian History Festival will host over 600 events from Saturday, May 1 to Sunday, May 30, located in both local and regional areas across the state. 

The Festival details events, ideas, stories and people that have shaped South Australia into what it is today, from political and social change to big and small scale moments. All events are open-access, and the public is encouraged to get involved and learn about the state’s past. 

Find the full program on the South Australian History Festival website and create your own adventure into the past.

Global Eats: Travel the World in Your Lunch Break

Travel the world in your lunchbreak at the new-look Myer Centre Food Court.

little pot

Each experience is different and unique in Billy’s Lane. Little Pot offers you the traditional hot pot experience with your choice of ingredients and is the ideal way to keep warm on those cooler days. For all you dumplings lovers out there, you’ll want to try the delicious dumpling soup!

bing boy

Bringing the flavours of urban Asian street food straight to your taste buds. Bing Boy specialises in Chinese crepes. Choose from a selection of traditional crepe recipes.

cheeky dumpling

For everything small and delectable, visit Cheeky Dumpling. Dig into an assortment of dumplings, dim sums, noodles and more. Whether you’re on the go or craving a feast, Cheeky Dumpling is fitting for every meal.

yiros centre

Cure all your Greek cravings at the Yiros Centre. With wraps, plates and Mediterranean salads you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Santorini! Yiros burgers filled with tender lamb, chicken, beef, or a combination of all three, are also worth a try! 

gelina milk bar

It’s the café that’s making the desserts you dreamed about as a child. Coco Pops and Lucky Charms cereal milk lattes, ice cream rolls and homemade sweet pies, to name a few. A part of the new Billy’s Lane, Gelina Milk Bar turns ordinary sweets into something magical.

boneshaker

A slice of America at our fingertips. Fried chicken, cheeseburgers, fries, hotdogs, shakes – you name it, Boneshaker has you sorted. Or switch it up with something healthy, like their delicious salad bowls. Using South Australian meat and making their bread in house, these flavours will keep you coming back for more. 

roco pasta

For delicious Mediterranean flavours, Roco Pasta is worth a visit. All of the favourites are there, plus traditional wood-fired pizzas, steaming jacket potatoes and hearty soups, perfect as the cooler months roll in.  

bao

Treat yourself to a fluffy steamed bao bun at Billy’s Lane. Fill yours with Korean fried chicken, chilli soft shell crab, pork belly and more. For something more substantial, order a bowl filled with protein and healthy goodness. 

the sandwich hut

For something healthy and fresh, head to The Sandwich Hut. Select from a range of sandwiches and focaccias such as the turkey club or chicken Caesar, or build your own. All produce used is locally sourced, making it even more delicious. 

 Images by Meaghan Coles

What to Wear to the Polo

Say hello to the Fleurieu Peninsula’s first Vale Polo Classic. On 3 April McLaren Vale welcomes the region’s first 20/20 style polo match, which you can watch while grazing on food and wine from some of the best local restaurants and wineries. The all important fashion won’t be forgotten either, so begin your planning now! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Shona Joy Clemence High Neck Midi Dress – Olive, $360, Shona Joy; Oroton Atlas Small Satchel – Cognac, $209.40. Oroton; The Sota Collective Lainie Earring, $32, Sooki; Sportsgirl Wide Brim Floppy Hat – Natural, $19.95, Sportsgirl; Zimmermann Liquid Patchwork Bootie – Cognac, $1250, Zimmermann; Aje Thick Fold Cuff – Gold, $180, Aje

Scanlan Theodore Silk Tie Front Shirt – Dusty Rose, $400, Scanlan Theodore; Scanlan Theodore Tailored Drape Leg Trouser – Calico, $550, Scanlan Theodore; Alias May Lilah Heel – Natural Leather, $219.95, aliasmae.com.au; Decjuba Yasmin Pearl Hoop Earrings, $19.95, Decjuba; Mimco Rebel Alabaster Sunglasses – Alabaster, $149, Mimco; Seed Heritage Gathered Zip Pouch – Peru, $49.95, Seed Heritage 

@valepoloclassic

Singing Sisters Bring Back a Fringe Favourite

With Fringe still a thing in 2021, we sat down with two of the driving forces behind Adelaide’s Gospo Collective, the acclaimed community-based music program that is set to reheat a hit.

Gospo Collective’s founder and lead conductor Charmaine Jones

Singing sisters Charmaine Jones and Joanna Arul Tropeano are South Australia proud.  As Adelaide-based performers, educators and musical entrepreneurs, they’ve carved out careers that are as eclectic as the people they’ve worked with and the shows that they’ve produced over the last twelve years. 

Eschewing the notion that you have to leave this state to ‘make it’, the Sri Lankan born sisters are a testament to hard work and having passion for what you do. “Everyone should be encouraged to share their voice,” says elder sister Charmaine, Gospo’s founder and lead conductor. 

Raised by their parents to do exactly that, it’s a philosophy they pour into their roles as teachers, arrangers and performers with Gospo Enterprises, the company Charmaine founded in 2009.

“Singing and performing the way we do as a collective is a beautiful way of connecting and communicating,’ says Joanna, who takes charge of Gospo’s Jones Chorus, their education program for 12-16 year olds. 

Like Charmaine, she also works as a choral director at an Adelaide school and runs a well-followed fashion blog (@the_style_file) on the side. There’s no question, however, about where her heart truly lies.

“I’m a bit more reserved than Charmaine in terms of my personality, but when I sing there is a freedom that is undeniable. Sharing that with our students and seeing them thrive during a performance is my life’s reward. I’m so lucky to do what I do.”

Frequently recognised around town, the sisters grew up with music as a part of their daily lives. Although recalling early concerts performed at parents’ dinner parties and re-enactments of Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals, none of it seemed attached to the concept of celebrity. “Singing was for everyone, and still is,”  Joanna says.

In addition to being a soprano singer, the pair’s mother ran a speech, drama and elocution school in Sri Lanka. It meant that the way the siblings spoke and presented was drummed into them very early on. 

“Singing was a natural extension of that and became a central part of our education. In reality, it’s been a discipline we’ve practised without thinking about it since before we can even remember. It even felt normal when I started teaching at the age of twelve!” says Charmaine.

Choral director Joanna Arul Tropeano

This early discipline carried them through an extremely difficult period in 2020. Although forced to move their choral groups online, The Gospo Collective continued to perform, inviting guests to their ‘Live Lounge Sessions’ via their growing YouTube channel.

By continuing to practice their art, Charmaine says they’ve ‘embraced  the complexities of life as we know it’, and emerged as better musicians.

This year, their work will again culminate in their annual showcase at the Adelaide Fringe, where they will reboot their award-winning presentation of Jackson v Jackson.

Playing to sellout crowds in 2019, the show is a combination of both Janet and Michael’s greatest hits, and delves deep into the famous siblings own influences. The result is a captivating journey through some of the best soul, funk and pop music ever created.

As per all of their previous shows, Charmaine says audiences can expect special guests on stage each night, and confirmed an overture had been written by Chong Lim AM, the legendary composer for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

“We rejigged everything for COVID, so we can’t wait to bring back a show we know the people love.”

Check out some highlights of their earlier Fringe shows on YouTube @GospoMusicAUS

Words Jon Aspin
Images Diana Melfi