If you follow us on Instagram or Twitter, you’ll know we recently discovered that duck and pinot noir are a match made in heaven. This may not be revelatory to you, but what may be news is the famed Cloudy Bay Pinot and Duck Trail is back to celebrate the winery’s latest Pinot Noir release, but only for the month of July.
Let us start this piece by saying that the hours we spent on the Cloudy Bay Pinot and Duck Trail in Melbourne added up to the most awesome evening we’ve had this year.
The premise is simple.
Make a series bookings at your selection of hand-selected restaurants that have joined the trail and enjoy an off-menu duck creation with a glass of Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir at each one. Devour your duck, savour your pinot and move on to another restaurant to do it all again… and again… as many times as you like.
It’s like a cross-establishment tasting menu or degustation experience. You can choose as many restaurants or as few as you can manage, but know this… those glasses of pinot are not degustation pours. They’re the full deal. Not only will you get a taste of some delicious duck and more than palatable pinot, you will also get a sample of a restaurant or two that you may not have dined at before. Experience their ambience and service in a quick blast and then move on.
Best of all perhaps, this extravaganza is held in many countries around the world. You can find it in Australia, USA, New Zealand, Japan, China, Indonesia and Philippines. In Australia alone, restaurants have been selected to join the trail in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast, Port Douglas, Mooloolaba, Townsville and Noosa Heads.
The Cloudy Bay Pinot and Duck Trail is supported with an interactive Facebook App through which you can see participating restaurants, the dish they are serving and prices (just click on the map) as well as creating your own event to which you can invite your Facebook friends. You will however, need to call each restaurant individually to make your booking once you’ve got your numbers sorted and somehow narrowed down your restaurant selection.
Prices vary depending upon the restaurant and location, but roughly speaking seem to average about $45.00 AUD per restaurant. The price includes a duck dish and a glass of Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir. You can design your trail to be enjoyed for lunch or dinner and can be held in a single day as we did or across multiple days.
As long as you drink wine and eat meat (and even if you’re not typically a duck eater or pinot drinking), let it be said that the trail is worth the effort, worth the trip and definitely worth the splurge.