It's exactly what it sounds like. Sort of. Last year, Dan Sims of Bottle Shop Concepts – the company that champions wine as a drink of the masses through events that exchange all the wank for fun – decided to throw a medieval-style wine tasting event, filling Ormond hall with a bunch of guys and gals in leathers and furs and bidding wine fans to sample more varietals of the Rhone Valley than Cersei on a bender. It was a right old knees up, replete with whole spit-roasted beasts courtesy of Casey Wall of Rockwell and Sons.
This year, it's not about making the event bigger, but better, according to Sims. (And also bigger.) They're moving to more spacious digs at the St Kilda Town Hall, and along with Rockwell's beasts, the guys from Burn City Smokers - one of Melbourne's best new purveyor's of smoked ribs – will be joining the party, bringing the inappropriately themed food with them (we've heard the words 'Sandor Clegane's chicken' thrown around.)
There will also be a whopping 50 producers this year, bringing the shiraz, grenache, mourvedre, carignan, cinsault, viognier, marsanne, roussanne and other grape varietals native to the Rhone Valley in France.
As to which producer wins this much hyped wine-based fight for supremacy, we've been pushing for an actual battle (to arms, wine people!), but they're taking the democratic route and getting you the people to vote for your favourite through the iPhone app, which you can download from their site.
It’s worth heading in even if you’re not a fan of ballsy reds. The lovely ladies from Two Birds brewing are bringing the beers, Napoleone is doing cider and our fearless contributor Theresa Winters will be doing elaborate hair braiding.
More fun than Joffrey's wedding. Bring it on.