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Wine is coming: Game of Rhones

Winter might be coming, but thankfully Game of Rhones is here to make it a boozy one. Back for it’s third year, Game of Rhones will be showcasing over 100 wines from the great houses of Yeringberg, Yalumba and Heathcote Estate (to name a few) on May 31 in a battle to see which wine will reign supreme. Game of Rhones is a combative celebration of the classic grape varieties of the Rhone Valley, think Shiraz, Grenache, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne, just to name a few. The mini-festival will be your chance to taste and choose your favourite variety, style and perhaps even a region (although we think that last one is just about impossible to do), and cast a vote for the best of them. The afternoon of sips and sniffs will be held in Fortitude Valley’s iconic LightSpace, with over 40 producers and 100 wines present. The range of styles, characters and diversity will be an all out assault on the senses, but there will be something there for everyone, including, for the first time, one of Queensland’s most avante garde producers: La Petite Mort. The GoR team have amassed an army of brilliant producers from all corners of Australia as well some from across the narrow Tasman Sea (New Zealand, duh). We’ve even heard rumours that a certain Red Lady will be in attendance again to lure people into her lair for a blind (and by blind we mean blindfolded in a dark room) tasting. This is no red wedding, however, but an afternoon of meat and mead, with plenty of opportunities to sample good wine from your EPIC wine glass (included with ticket) and feast on carnivorous feeds. Get excited Brisbane, #wineiscoming. Tickets are available for $50 through the Game of Rhônes website. Words by James Cooper and Elissa Roberts