Kooki is pleased to announce that Oysters at the House is back and will be coming to a house in a city near you!

After the success of last year’s CRAVE Sydney International Food Festival event with Winemakers without Borders rockstar winemakers and Oyster growers from all over Australia – we can’t wait to bring you a taste of regional and varietal differentiation between these beautiful molluscs and delicious wines!

Kicking off at Ducks in a Row Winemakers PopUp on November 25th – Oysters will literally be at the winemakers house and given the Nigel Rich treatment for wine and food lovers in attendance.

This will be followed by a raft of events showcasing the best oysters and wines from across Australia.

Stay tuned for details folks!





Oysters at the House is a Registered business of Kookietc ABN



Gaga, KRudd, Obama and YOU – how social media is changing information exchange and how you can do it too, with style. 

Social Media Savvy

WHEN: 6-9pm Thursday, 8th November

WHERE: Adelaide Central Market Kitchen (Upstairs, entrance via Gouger St).

BOOK: www.socialmediasavvykooki.eventbrite.com Tickets are $75 including wine, cheese and your own social media savvy guide book

Social Media Savvy promises to entertain while filling you in on all the best bits about social media.

Far from calling themselves social media “experts” Amanda James-Pritchard (Kooki, Winemakers without Borders) and Katie Spain (the Adelaide* Magazine) are avid consumers of all types of media and have developed something of a knack for knowing how to do it with SAVVY.

If you are a business owner who feels like they are in the slow lane while all the tweeters and instagrammers whizz by you, or just interested in harnessing social media for personal use – this event is for you.

If you’ve never started a social media account, we’ll help you get started. If you’ve started one but can’t get the hang of it, that’s where we can help too.

Bring your device of choice – ipad, phone or laptop, your questions and your sense of fun. Wine and cheese will be provided because all good evenings should have a bit of wine and cheese. With thanks to local producers d’Arenberg and Udder delights.

The evening will commence with some case studies of good social media savvy and some less than impressive examples. We’ll talk twitter trolls, pinterest, klout, engagement, instagram and of course, the mother of them all, facebook.

You’ll take home your own social media savvy guide to keep on hand for those times when your social media radar is on the blink

About the presenters:

Amanda James-Pritchard is a PR gun with experience spanning twelve years  and covering publishing, food, wine, events, not-for-profit and even hardware and local government. Victorian born, Amanda is well and truly and adopted South Aussie having married a winemaker and now based at their winery and cellar door “Ducks in a Row” in McLaren Vale.

“Social media has changed the way I do business, dramatically. Sure, I’m a power user and it is my business, but first and foremost I use social media as my own personal news feed, to stay in touch with old and new friends and for a good laugh on frequent occasion,” she says.

Katie Spain is a pocket rocket writer and Meningie Born gal who has been the staff writer at the Adelaide* Magazine for three years. Katie is an avid instagrammer, tweeter and facebooker, wears mostly skyhigh-heels and always a little something in her hair.

“I’m a traditional media and social media junkie, all self-taught and I know anyone can do it, to,” she says.

WHAT  #EASTENDWINEDOWN laneway taste fest

WHO  Radpublic + Kooki present rockstar wine from 3 Dark Horses, Arete, Battle of Bosworth, Bellwether, Brokenwood, By Jingo!, Chapel Hill, Clover Hill, Collector, Coopers Brewery, Ducks in a Row, 
Gilbert by Simon Gilbert, Lisa McGuigan Wines, Matchbox Wine Co., Ngeringa Growers Collection, Oliver’s Taranga, Philip Shaw, Rekorderlig Cider, Redbank, Skillogalee, Some Young Punks, Tyrrells and Zema Estate.

Supported by Love Tilly Devine + Best Cellars + Red Lantern + Red Lily

WHEN  Sunday 28 October (12-4pm) 
WHERE Crown Lane, Darlinghurst

WINE UP! Get your wine on, out, up and about in Sydney’s inner East.

A taste of what is to come, #EASTENWINEDOWN Adelaide earlier this year

Presented by Radpublic and Kooki, #EASTENDWINEDOWN is set to be one heck of a party as part of this year’s Crave Sydney International Food Festival.

Twenty one winemakers from across Australia will converge in Sydney’s Crown Lane for some new-fashioned fun and frivolity. Think urban laneway festival meets rockstar winemakers and you are on the right track.

The winning event concept from Radpublic director Louise Radman and Kooki’s Amanda James- Pritchard shines a light on some of the most unique wines in the country. DJ Mike Dotch will be spinning funky beats while you sip your way through over 100 varieties and styles from the Hunter Valley to Heathcote, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Mudgee, Orange, Adelaide Hills, Clare, Coonawarra, Canberra, Tasmania and beyond.

A host of rockstar winemakers including Matt Broomhead, Richard Bate, Louise Hemsley-Smith, Sue Bell, Iain Riggs, John Gilbert, Bryn Richards, Karina Dambergs, Alex McKay, Glenn James- Pritchard, Simon Gilbert, Lisa McGuigan, Nav Singh, Corrina Wright, Philip Shaw, Nick Dry, Dan Palmer, Col McBryde and Chris Tyrrell will be on hand pouring their wines in the Sydney laneway, along with cleansing Rekorderlig cider and Coopers brews.

Legendary Brokenwood chief winemaker, Iain Riggs says he can’t think of a better place than the laneway at the rear of Sydney’s iconic Best Cellars and Love Tilly Devine for this eclectic mix of winemakers to showcase their wares.

“Brokenwood has a mission statement to ‘make great wine and have fun’ which spills over to consumers as ‘enjoy great wine and have fun’. Hence our excitement at teaming up with #EASTENDWINEDOWN, a community event that brings the joy of great food, great wine and great companionship to Sydney. See you there.”

Celebrity Chef Luke Nguyen agrees, saying

“Vibrant wines from all over Australia served with Vietnamese street food in a funky laneway is the perfect way to spend Sunday afternoon.“

Sommelier at large and proprietor of Love Tilly Devine wine bar, Matt Swieboda sums it up

“#EASTENDWINEDOWN is wine tasting made fun and accessible – music, food, great booze and sunshine, what’s not to love?”

Tucked away in the inner East, Crown Lane is the long-time home of Best Cellars, one of the city’s finest independent wine stores. Joined by Love Tilly Devine Wine Bar and more recently Luke Nguyen’s Red Lily and Red Lantern, the intimate locale is fast becoming one of Sydney’s hottest food and wine haunts.

“We’re planning to fill the laneway with wine-loving punters, urban beats and loads of talking, tasting and tweeting. We expect so much twitter action we decided to name the event after the hashtag,” say event creators Louise Radman and Amanda James-Pritchard.

EASTENDWINEDOWN is a rare opportunity for people to get together and explore some of the coolest wine in the country. You will also be able to pick up some great deals from Best Cellars to stock your cellar.

Punters won’t go hungry with tasty eats from the newest Sydney food truck and Vietnamese street food courtesy of Red Lantern on Riley. Think pork baguettes, char grilled sugar cane skewers and wok tossed vermicelli noodles with lemongrass and black angus beef.

After your fix, festivalgoers can stay on to enjoy more vino at Love Tilly Devine and Asian inspired cocktails at Red Lily.

#EASTENDWINEDOWN tickets are $30 per person via eastendwinedown.com

BOOKINGS eastendwinedown.com
SHARE facebook.com/eastendwinedown

TWEET #EASTENDWINEDOWN @radpublic @kookipr @cravesydney

WHO: Spring Bay Mussel grower Phil Lamb, Chef Tom Kime (Fish and Co), Winemakers without Borders including Arete, Bellwether, Chapel Hill, d’Arenberg, 3 Dark Horses, Ducks in a Row, Wirra Wirra, Oliver’s Taranga, Clover Hill, Battle of Bosworth, Redbank and Running with Bulls, Zema Estate plus guests Swell Brewing Co. and LOBO Cider

WHAT: Mussel Love – a free outdoor ‘taste and talk’ event with Mussels, wine, beer and cider

WHEN: 12-3pm Saturday, 27 October

WHERE: Sydney Fish Market, Bank St Pyrmont. See the ‘at the market’, and ’events’ tab at www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au for more details.

It’s all about Mussels on Saturday, 27 October when Mussel grower Phil Lamb is joined by sustainable fish chef Tom Kime and winemakers from across Australia to taste, talk and try the simplicity of Mussels cooked in wine, beer and cider.

Sydney Fish Market will play host to winemakers including Nick Dry, Richard Bate, Sue Bell, Bryn Richards, Matt Broomhead, Glenn James, Corrina Wright, Karina Dambergs, Louise Hemsley Smith and Nick Zema alongside brewer Dan Wright and Cider maker Warwick Billings.

Mussel grower Phil Lamb said there was no better place than Sydney Fish Market to celebrate his organic, ‘Friend of the Sea’ certified Mussels and the simplicity of cooking with wines, beer and cider from all over Australia.

“With Mussels you can have a delicious meal in minutes,” he said.

Sydney Fish Market’s Sydney Seafood School Manager Roberta Muir said the market is thrilled to host Mussel Love.

“This free event for food and wine lovers demonstrates the versatility of a delicious and under-utilised seafood species. The SeafoodSchool was established to teach people how to cook some of the less familiar seafood species. While Mussels are very common, lots of people still don’t realise how easy they are to cook … they’re one of the quickest and easiest seafoods to prepare – and excellent value!” Roberta said.

Phil Lamb, Mussel Grower, Spring Bay Mussels

“Aside from great wine and Mussel tastings, people attending the event will be among the first to see the Sydney Seafood School Cookbook, released a few days beforehand. There’s a couple of delicious Mussel recipes in there for people seeking further inspiration! Visitors to the event will be able to grab a copy of THE Aussie seafood cookbook, with recipes from leading chefs, expert advice on selecting, storing and cooking seafood, detailed illustrations of fish and shellfish and step-by-step photos of essential techniques.” Roberta added.

Wines for tasting will include Tasmanian Sparkling, Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris, Barossa Valley Garganega, McLaren Vale Vermentino, Grenache, Sangiovese, Shiraz and Fiano, Heathcote Nero d’Avola, and Vermentino and Coonawarra Cabernet.

Clover Hill winemaker Karina Dambergs encouraged seafood and wine lovers to head down to the free event.

“It’s not often you get such amazing wines and seafood in one place for tasting and for free! I’m looking forward to exploring the flavours myself,” she said.

‘Mussel Love’ is part of the The Sydney Morning Herald’s (SMH) Sydney International Food Festival (SIFF).


Find us on twitter:

Sydney Fish Market


Spring Bay Mussels


Chef Tom Kime


Winemakers without Borders


Sydney Seafood School





Chapel Hill




3 Dark Horses


Clover Hill


Battle of Bosworth


Oliver’s Taranga


Running with Bulls


Ducks in a Row


Zema Estate


Swell Beer




RSVP to the event on facebook:




Winemakers without Borders at Luna 1878 – Queen Victoria Market

WHO: Winemakers without Borders

WHAT: Luna 1878, a new winter night market

WHERE: Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market

WHEN: 5.00-10.30pm Wednesdays in August (8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th). The winemakers will be on site on August 15th pouring their wines.

Queen Victoria Market’s new Luna 1878 winter night market will play host to a rare selection of wines this August, thanks to the crew at Winemakers without Borders.

Bellwether Vermentino, Oliver’s Taranga Small Batch Fiano, Ducks in a Row Nero D’Avola, Running with Bulls Barossa Tempranillo, Esperanza Monastrell and Taltarni Sangiovese will be among the wines available for punters at Luna 1878.

Also available will be an exclusive release of Clover Hill’s Tasmanian Cuvee, Arete’s barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc, Chapel Hill’s Sangiovese Rosé and Battle of Bosworth’s organic, preservative free Joven style McLaren Vale Shiraz.

Queen Victoria Market CEO Jennifer Hibbs said the Luna 1878 experience is about artisan producers, unique experiences and exploration as well as enjoying great food and wine.

“The Winemakers without Borders are going to offer something quite unique and different to our market-goers. We are hoping that people will embrace the wine list and discover something they might not have tasted before.”

“Winemakers Sue Bell, Corrina Wright, Sam Wigan, Richard Bate, Glenn James-Pritchard, Karina Dambergs, Louise Hemsley Smith, Bryn Richards and Robert Heywood will be on deck at Luna 1878 on August 15th pouring their wines matched with heart-warming winter dishes from our food producers,” she added.

Coonawarra based winemaker Sue Bell (Bellwether), will launch her Heathcote 2012 Vermentino at Luna 1878.

“As a country dweller I embrace any excuse to inhale the city vibe, music and people, but I also love to bring a piece of the country to share with my city cousins.  Looking at the list of winemakers joining me I am in no doubt that we will have a great night sharing some fabulous wines you may have never heard of before,” she said.

Winemakers without Borders Chief Wrangler Amanda James Pritchard said Luna 1878 winter night market is the perfect example of how collaboration among like minds can “take small things to big places”.

“Queen Victoria Market is an iconic market and place for food and wine lovers. I’m pretty sure that Luna 1878 goers will be inspired and intrigued by the winemakers and the wines on offer.”


Additional Information:

What is Winemakers without Borders?

A group of winemakers from all corners and backgrounds with a shared philosophy and a shared approach to getting their unique and different wines into people’s glasses.

Created and curated by Amanda James Pritchard, Kooki PR, the group is a democratic cooperative that has produced over 20 events in just over eighteen months – including #EASTENDWINEDOWN; Mussel Mania; The Hearty Party; Shin and Shiraz; Oysters in the House (Sydney Opera House), Sips and the City and many more.

The events celebrate unique food and wine pairings, alternative or lesser-known grape varieties, city markets and spaces and most of all, collaboration among like minds.

Winemakers without Borders events support Medecines Sans Frontieres.

Find Winemakers without Borders:


Twitter @winenoborders


About Luna 1878

Queen Victoria Market

Wednesday nights in August (8,15, 22 and 29)



twitter: @VicMarket


Pop into Adelaide Central Market tonight for It’s Classic – Cheese and Wine pop up event – and you could win a VIP cheese and wine “care package” worth over $100… just by tweeting or facebooking the Winemakers without Borders crew with your favourite cheese and wine combination.

For twitter – use the hashtag #ItsClassic @winenoborders twitter.com/winenoborders

For facebook – post here: www.facebook.com/winemakerswithoutborders 

Winemakers without Borders pouring their wines tonight include Richard Bate (Arete), Sue Bell (Bellwether), Bryn and Bodhi (Chapel Hill), Tash from  d’Arenberg, David Le Mire from La Linea, and Matt Broomhead from 3 Dark Horses with cheeses by Sheree at Udder Delights.

Cheeses on tasting will include: Goat curd; Ash chevron; Double cream brie; Heysen blue; Goat camembert and a sneak preview of a new Udder Delights matured cows cheese not yet released.

Wines on Tasting will include Coonawarra Cabernet; Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc and Tempranillo, McLaren Vale Grenache; Touriga and Shiraz and Tasmanian Chardonnay.

See you there!

Adelaide Central Market @mycentralmarket

Udder Delights @udderdelights

Arete @AreteWine

Chapel Hill @ChapelHillwine

d’Arenberg @darenberg

La Linea @davidlemire

3 Dark Horses @3darkhorses

Spring Bay Seafoods, producer of Australian Blue Mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) has once again passed with a high score its Friend of the Sea renewal audit.

The shellfish company operated by Managing Director Phil Lamb on the East Coast of Tasmania is primarily known for producing blue mussels where the fast flowing, cold and nutritious current and deep-water oceanic marine farms provide a unique growing environment. The mussels are farmed in the open ocean using surface and sub-surface long lines for “rope” culture. The deep-water mussel growing lines are each around 400 metres long with 200 metres warp lines for anchorage at either end.

Dr. Paolo Bray – Director of Friend of the Sea says Spring Bay Seafoods’ mussel production is an example to be followed by the whole aquaculture industry.

“Spring Bay Seafoods have one of the only commercial-scale mussel hatcheries in the world. The company uses innovative techniques for the continuous production of juvenile blue mussel spat,” he says.

Spring Bay Seafoods Managing Director Phil Lamb said the certification is a very clear message for Spring Bay customers, suppliers and neighbors about what they are committed to, to preserve the precious environment.

Spring Bay Managing Director, Phil Lamb

“We understand that Friend of the Sea is the most recognized aquaculture sustainability standard in the world and the fact we are one of just three aquaculture companies in Australia to achieve this certification is a real feather in our cap,” he says.

Parent broodstock may be sourced from various areas within Tasmania to ensure genetic diversity. The mussels are nurtured under strict quality and environmental conditions until ready for deployment and growing-out. The farming methods are characterized by their low density and the production of juvenile mussel spat from the hatchery.

There are no chemical inputs used and the company works closely with the local community. By using the long line submerged system, Spring Bay Seafoods has overcome the problem of wave agitation dislodging mussels from the lines and causing them to fall to the sea floor. The site has consistently good water quality, due to its deep water location, as indicated by the parameters tested and the farming practices are not altering this quality, from an ecological and environmental perspective.

Spring Bay Seafoods continues to conduct a low impact farming operation that complies with all Friend of the Sea requirements.

Spring Bay Mussels on Twitter @springbaymussel

Facebook: facebook.com/SpringBayMussels

WHAT: It’s Classic – a cheese and wine pop-up tasting

WHO: Winemakers without Borders including Arete, Bellwether, Chapel Hill, d’Arenberg, La Linea, and 3 Dark Horses and cheese maker Udder Delights.

WHEN: 5-7.30pm, Friday 3rd August, FREE

WHERE: Adelaide Central Market (south-west corner by Zuma café)

Taste test the classic couple with a new wave twist at Adelaide Central Market Friday August 3rd as some of the crew from Winemakers without Borders join with Adelaide Hills cheese maker Udder Delights for a free pop event and tasting of cheese and wine.

Cheeses on tasting will include: Goat curd; Ash chevron; Double cream brie; Heysen blue; Goat camembert and a sneak preview of a new Udder Delights matured cows cheese not yet released.

Cheese maker Sheree Sullivan said matching cheese and wine is as much about contrasting, as it is comparative flavours and textures.

“There are some classic pairs – but it is best to let your nose and your tastebuds test what they like.”

Wines on Tasting will include Coonawarra Cabernet; Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc and Tempranillo, McLaren Vale Grenache; Touriga and Shiraz and Tasmanian Chardonnay.

Winemaker Richard Bate encouraged wine and cheese lovers to head along to the market for a tutorial in cheese and wine harmony.

“It’s not often you get such amazing wines and cheeses under one roof on tasting for free. I’m looking forward to exploring the flavours myself,” he said.

Event organiser Amanda James Pritchard said Winemakers without Borders has now staged over 20 events in the past 18 months – the majority at Adelaide Central Market.

“It all started with Vermentino and Sardines back in January 2011. We’ve celebrated some great food and wine producers in between and now it’s time to do something classic. This event will also be the first to support Medecines Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) Australia,” she said.

“In the next 6 months we will be reaching out to the Queen Victoria Market, Sydney Fish Market and the Sydney CBD with plans in full swing for events in Brisbane, Perth and Tasmania in the new year.”

“We’ve recently launched a new website http://winemakerswithoutborders.com.au/ with a calendar of events and info on the winemakers too,” Amanda said.


Find (most of) the participants on twitter:

Adelaide Central Market @mycentralmarket

Udder Delights @udderdelights

Winemakers without Borders @winenoborders

Arete @AreteWine

Chapel Hill @ChapelHillwine

d’Arenberg @darenberg

La Linea @davidlemire

3 Dark Horses @3darkhorses

Find Sue at bellwetherwine.com.au

RSVP to the event on facebook:


We’ve had the pop-up event – now, prepare to be buttered on both sides as some of Australia’s finest producers join forces to bring you #BBTW – Beef, Butter, Truffles and Wine – the Dinner.

Hosted by freelance food writer Hilary McNevin at Melbourne’s two hatted The Point, Albert Park restaurant, Rockstar butter maker Pepe Saya, Meat Maestro Neil Prentice, truffle legend Simon Friend and wine dynasty family member Brioni Oliver will be in the house, as chef Justin Wise prepares a five course menu that will highlight the symbiosis between these four unique flavours and textures.

Book now at the restaurant: Ph –  (03) 9682 5566


Ducks in a Row Winemakers threw open the gates to the farm and vineyard at 11 Stonehouse Lane Aldinga on Sunday July 8th to launch their new release wines – and it was a great success.

Hundreds of people came to taste the new Fiano, Nero D’Avola, Tempranillo Graciano Mataro and Straight Up Mataro and to enjoy some home cooked food including roast pumpkin and sweet potato soup; steamed Spring Bay mussels in fiano and garlic and Homegrain Bakery Aldinga sourdough with Pepe Saya butter.

Homemade Fine Foods Bread and Butter pudding and Mixed Berry Crumble with raspberry panna cotta were also quite a popular choice on the day.

Glenn and Amanda James Pritchard welcomed families, pets, locals and city folk to their place, situated at the base of the WIllunga escarpment. Dj’s Mitchell and Luke kept the crowd entertained with some laidback tunes and a number of fires kindled to keep everyone warm.

“We are stoked with the result,” said winemaker Glenn James Pritchard. 

“Everyone enjoyed the wines, food and atmosphere. We’ve already decided to do another one in Spring on November 4 – the vegie garden should have some new bounty for us to prepare something delicious, perhaps a Roast Beetroot Salad, we’ll see.”

“We will also have a new Vermentino bottled by then – and our amphora wine – Pandora’s Amphora – if there is any left as it is already selling fast, despite not being bottled yet.”

The couple would like to thank everyone that helped to make the #duckspopup a success.

Below – a selection of pics from the day – thanks to Prathna for the great photos – more at: http://www.facebook.com/ducksinarowwinemakers

Katie and Phil

BK kids chillaxing in the garden

Lads day out

Victoria & Zoltan (and Piper the pug)

Ladies day out

Dj’s Luke and Mitchell

Our new ducks line up

Katie and Amanda enjoying the day

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