The Clock Hotel in Surry Hills will be transformed into the Loire Valley over four days in October, featuring a range of rosé wines. Often referred to as the Garden of France, the Loire Valley is known for its magnificent chateaux, rich history and three distinct wine regions – Pays Nantais, Anjou-Saumur and Touraine. Each has its own characteristics of grapes, appellations and styles.

A special selection of rosés from the Loire Valley has been chosen for the free event, highlighting the breadth and history of France’s third-largest wine region. Clock Hotel chef Luke McEnallay has prepared a selection of dishes to pair with the wine offering.

Rosé wines and pairings

Rosé d’Anjou “Les Ligériens” has a gorgeous sunset blush, and a fruity nose with hints of red currant, fresh grapes and strawberries. Its long fruity aftertaste pairs best with bold flavours such as cheese.

Chef McEnallay’s pairing: blue cheese platter served with cornichons, flatbread and toasted Sourdough.

Rosé de Loire wines are light and refreshing, transitioning from a nose with aromas of red berries and white pepper to flavours of peach, apricot and passionfruit in the mouth. Rosé de Loire “Thibaud Boudignon” has good length and mineral complexity, while Rosé de Loire “Réserve des Vignerons” is slightly sparkling. Both have a vibrant, rich pink colour, and hold their own paired with charcuterie.

Chef McEnallay’s pairing: saucisson and salumi platter from Pino’s Dolce Vita Butchery in Kogarah, plus flatbread and toasted sourdough.

To drink as an aperitif or to round off the meal, Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé “De Chanceny” is a sparkling rosé wine produced according to the traditional method. It has a lively bouquet featuring fresh cherry and wild strawberry aromas.

Chef McEnallay’s pairing: The sparkling rosé will be served with a petit four of chocolate and orange salted caramels.

In addition to the special dishes designed to pair with the wines, a full menu from the Clock Hotel will also be available, featuring classic pub meals with a French twist. 

The dishes augment the wine-pairing menu, offering entrees and substantial mains.

The Rosé Room pop-up begins on Thursday October 27 and runs to Sunday October 30. The entrance is free however you must be 18+ years to enter. Specials will be available during the pop-up, and guests will have a chance to win bottles of Loire rosé through an Instagram competition.

Where: The Clock Tower, 470 Crown Street Surry Hills, NSW

When: Thursday October 27th to Sunday October 30th, 2022

Rosé Room opening hours:

  • Thursday: 7:30 pm to 10pm
  • Friday: 5pm to 11pm
  • Saturday: 3pm to 12am
  • Sunday: 1pm to 8pm