Unable to resist a good pun, last Tuesday we braved the 311 bus to King’s Cross for the inaugural Tuesday Night Flight Club at the perfectly styled 1950s kitchen diner that is Hinky Dinks. The deal was five New South Wales wines, matched with five snacks, a steal at $55 per person.
After a round of Sipsmith and tonic to ease the day’s worries away, we got started. The 2011 Bloodwood Riesling came first, paired Sydney rock oysters. A blood orange and coriander gastrique provided a herbal acidity to the oysters, complementing the floral and mineral heavy wine. A plate of charcuterie was accompanied by the 2011 Capercaillie Gewurtztraminer.
My favourite wine for the evening was the 2011 Gilbert by Simon Gilbert Rose: happiness in a glass with a wonderful strawberry aroma and finish, but without any cloying sweetness, a good complement to the slightly muted thai flavours of betel leaves with green papaya, coconut and nham-jim.
The best meatballs I’ve ever tasted came next. The slight sweetness of tomato sauce was supported by the dried fruit flavours in the 2007 Freeman Secco Rondinella Corvina for what I thought was the best match of the evening.
We finished with an example of my favourite food and wine combination: the sweet 2010 A. Reteif Botrytis Grenache paired with pungent, salty gorgonzola and poached pair. Blue cheese and dessert wine is always a good combination, and the fruity, not at all cloying, sweetness of the Grenache did the job very well.
Service throughout the evening was engaging, informative and incredibly welcoming despite my limited wine knowledge, and some serious thought had gone into the food pairings. My only complaint: after the wine, there was no space for cocktails.
Rule number one of Flight Club? It has to be just go.
The next Tuesday Night Flight Club will be on 17th April.
185 Darlinghurst Road 2010
Monday to Saturday, 5pm until late