ESB is bringing the award-winning wines of Australia to Santa Barbara!
Mollydooker Wines is located in the beautiful scenic McLaren Vale wine region, which is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions and home of some the most iconic wines. They are known for producing some of the highest rated Rhone varietal wines in the world. Robert Parker has rated Mollydooker wines #1 and #2 in the world! Owner Sarah Marquis will be leading guests through 11 Mollydooker wines; paired with appetizers and a multi-course family style dinner designed by the Chef Peter McNee and the culinary team at Convivo Restaurant.
Start the evening with a splash of Euphoria Sparkling, and end with…You guessed it…the famed Velvet Glove Shiraz. Oh yes, and let’s not forget the Carnival Of Love & Enchanted Path! Paired with Mollydooker Wines will be a multi-course dinner starting with a reception of passed appetizers, followed by a Convivo family style feast with antipasti, entrees, sides, and dessert, from Convivo’s Chef Peter McNee. Convivo’s food can be described as ‘nomad Italian’, with inspiration from around the globe, combining multi-cultural cooking with coastal Italian cuisine. Simple ingredients shine in the hands of Chef McNee. Event also includes free valet parking.
Reception / Passed Apps
Pesce crudo | sashimi of raw local fish, avocado, radish, cracker
deviled eggs | fried capers, pickled jalapeño
The Violinist – Verdelho
Euphoria – Sparkling Verdelho
House cured salmon pastrami | cucumber, horseradish
Roman artichoke | labneh
Margherita | fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, sea salt
Brussel sprouts | herbed tehina, chicken skin scratchings, Aleppo chile
Lamb meatballs | chickpea, pickled rhubarb
1st wine – Scooter Merlot
2nd wine – Maitre’d Cabernet
3rd wine – Two Left Feet Shiraz/Cabernet/Merlot
4th wine – The Boxer Shiraz
Roasted New York strip| red wine jus
Potato | gratin
Insalata mercato | SB market & Parmigiano salad
Focaccia | basil oil, onion, caciocavallo
1st wine – Gigglepot Cabernet
2nd wine – Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz
3rd wine – Enchanted Path Shiraz/Cabernet
4th wine – Carnival of Love Shiraz
Three artisanal cheeses | honeycomb & candied hazelnuts
Velvet Glove Shiraz
This is a very special event for ESB as our own Jeremy Allen spent many years with the Mollydooker winery and introduced us to Sarah, Luke and these fantastic wines! THANK YOU Jeremy!
The winery was founded by Sarah and Sparky Marquis, who had worked together at every stage of their wine careers. They started as winemakers at Fox Creek (in which her parents were partners) in 1991, then later as partners in Marquis Philips, before launching Mollydooker in 2005.In June 2006, Robert Parker reviewed their very first vintage for Mollydooker. He rated The Boxer as the ‘Best Value Red Wine in the World’, Two Left Feet as the second, and Maitre D’ as the fourth. Their Violinist was also chosen as the ‘Best Value White Wine in the World’. The wines sold out in nineteen days.
In August 2006, when the Carnival of Love (WA:99) and Enchanted Path (WA:96) were released, they sold out in five days.
The following year, their Velvet Glove Shiraz became their fifth wine to be awarded 99 points by The Wine Advocate and the Carnival of Love has been listed in Wine Spectator’s ‘Top Ten wines in the World’ three times, including being #2, and has also been #1 in Australia two times!
In 2017, Sarah Marquis took over sole ownership of Mollydooker Wines, and in 2018 was voted Owner/Operator of the Year at the Australian Women in Wine Awards. She works closely with her son, Luke, for whom “The Blue Eyed Boy” was named.