Battle of the Bay – Friendly wine rivalry at 360Q

Another good example of how restaurateur Barry Iddles has breathed new life into the cuisine on offer at picturesque Queenscliff (and supporting local producers) is his latest creation ‘Battle of the Bay Wine Degustation Dinner’.

Iddles has invited two winemakers located on either side of the Port Phillip Bay to showcase their respective wines accompanied by a five-course dinner at 360Q on Friday July 20.

This inaugural event pitches the Mornington Peninsula’s Ocean Eight Vineyard against Baie Wines located on the Bellarine. Both vineyards benefit from the region’s climate that allows winemakers to create some sought-after cool climate drops like Ocean Eight’s sparkling that retails for about $100 a bottle and new releases from Baie Wines that have had the benefits of a long, warm summer.

360Q owner Barry Iddles said he was inspired to create the event because of his own experience working in restaurants on both sides of the Rip.

“I lived in Sorrento for several years and fell in love with the wines there, but it wasn’t until I moved across to Queenscliff that I really developed a passion for vineyards in the Bellarine,” he says. “I want guests from both sides of the Bay to see what I see – that you don’t need to go very far at all for a world-class rose, shiraz or pinot noir.

We can arrange a private water taxi service for our guests on the Mornington Peninsula side so they don’t have to miss out on this incredible night.”

There will be five courses including canapes (served with Ocean Eight sparkling cuvee), entrees (a pinot gris from both wineries), main course (Ocean Eight’s pinot noir and Baie Wines’ shiraz), St Agur blue cheese (served with rose from both wineries) and chocolate dessert served with a Pedro ximenez, a Spanish fortified sherry sourced from elsewhere.

Tickets: $120pp including the wines.
Bookings: www.trybooking.com /UJUZ

As part of the Low Light Queenscliff winter festival the 360Q crew are gearing up for their Bastille Day Dinner and French Music performance to celebrate all things French on Saturday 14 July. Tickets $120pp includes a three-course meal, wine, beer and soft drinks and a performance from acclaimed French trio, Belle Musette. Bookings www.trybooking.com/UJTZ