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New food flavours, boutique wines, cutting-edge spirits, cider and beer will provide a feast for the senses at this year's City Wine.

From Blackened Brioche Sliders, Piadinas and oven-baked Peruvian Empanadas, to the launch of Australia’s new Pisco spirit and first tastes of Riesling and Rose from some of WA’s best boutique wineries, this year’s promises to be a feast for food and wine aficionados.

Exciting food and first-time tastings of new wines and spirits make City Wine a must-visit event this year.

Exciting food and first-time tastings of new wines and spirits make City Wine a must-visit event this year. Picture: Supplied

Organisers of City Wine say they are out to give busy city workers a cruisy Friday afternoon experience of new, exciting food flavours and boutique wines they may not have tried before in a sociable space to gather with friends.

Event organiser Richard Campbell said Saturday would be a great day to gather for a leisurely afternoon and evening, with live music, a glass of wine and something to eat.

This will be the fourth annual City Wine to be held at the Urban Orchard in the Perth Cultural Centre. It will take place from 4-9pm on Friday, June 9 and from 2-9pm on Saturday, June 10.

It will be a first appearance for Lucky Chan’s Bao Bar, with its filled Chinese steamed buns.

Also new to the event will be Harmans Estate’s South American brandy-style Pisco spirit.

“We’re expecting plenty of new and unusual tastes to be on offer this year,” Mr Campbell said.

Wineries include 3drops, Bunn’s Vineyard, Castelli Estate, Churchview Estate, Clown Fish and Cowaramup Wines, Fifth Estate Wines, Flying Fish Cove, Frog Choir Wines, Grace Farm, Happs Wines, Harmans Estate, House of Cards, Juniper Estate, Lancaster Wines, Neilson Estate Wines, Pieroth Wines, Redgate Wines, Talisman Wines, The Lake House Denmark and Windance Wines.

Cape Bouvard Winery and Brewery will have its Thorny Devil craft beer and cider, Gage Roads will also have its beers available, Funk Cider will be there and there will be a Cabernato Mojito Bar.

Other food vendors include Food & Co, Las Empanadas, Lucky Chans Bao Bar, Piadina Bar, Saigon Eats, Shak Shuka, Tapas Man and Two Queens Woodfired Street Food.

The Cocktail Lab will be serving cocktails, and Harmans Pisco will have its new Pisco spirit on offer.

Among the new flavours will be Food & Co’s Blackened Brioche Slider Rolls, with specialty barbecue pulled pork and spicy Sriracha Slaw. They will be served alongside other sliders and potato chunks.

As well as presenting a range of eight wines at the event, Mt Barker winery 3drops will be showing off its extra-virgin olive oil.

Produced mainly from the Frantoio variety, which gives the oil its fruitiness, grassiness and pungency, 3drops has been producing its olive oil since 2002 - supplying both Rockpool restaurant and Wildflower at Como The Treasury.

On the wine front, 3drops will be featuring its 2016 Riesling and Rose.

Winery co-owner Joanne Bradbury said Rieslings from the Mount Barker vineyard consistently rated very highly.

The 2012 vintage had a 95 point rating; 2013, 96 points; 2014, 95 points; 2015, 96 points and the current 2016 vintage, 95 points.

Joanne said 3drops has produced its first Rose this year, releasing it in August, so it will be seen for the first time at City Wine.

The Rosé is a blend of Shiraz and Nebbiolo. The Nebbiolo was planted in 2002 and 2016 is the first year that it has been used in the Rose.

Joanne said the Nebbiolo was a dry, crisp blend with vibrant aromas of strawberries and raspberries.

Other 3drops wines on offer will be the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Chardonnay, 2015 Merlot, 2015 Pinot Noir, 2015 Cabernets and 2014 Shiraz.

Margaret River winery Windance Estate will be introducing its new Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017 and Reserve Chardonnay 2016 at City Wine.

Owner and winemaker Michael ‘Tyke’ Wheatley will also be bringing the winery’s Reserve Cabernet 2010. It recently was featured in the The West Australian by wine writer Ray Jordan, who gave the wine 96 points.

On the food front, Las Empanadas will be serving Peruvian oven-baked Empanadas (beef; chicken; chorizo, cheese and corn; and cheese and corn), Salchipapas and Katsu Sandos.

Salchipapas is a typical street food-type dish in Peru, but Las Empanadas makes its own version with a Japanese twist. It uses its own sauces for the dish, including a chilli-garlic mayonnaise, a yuzu-kosho Japanese mayonnaise and a Peruvian ‘aji’ (chilli sauce made of various Peruvian chillies and herbs).

For its Katsu Sandos, Las Empanadas uses a brioche burger bun, chicken Katsu/vegetarian croquette, slaw and various Japanese sauces (including its own Tonkatsu/sesame Japanese sauce).

Another new product on the Perth market scene is Piadina from the Piadina Bar.

The hand-made flatbread, typically from the Emilia Romagna region of north-eastern Italy, is prepared fresh, then cooked on a hot plate and stuffed with the best savoury or sweet ingredients.

Ivan Munerato started the new venture in October after 15 years working in five-star hotels in Italy and Perth.

Ivan’s main job is as Head Chef at Cecchis restaurant in Inglewood, working on the Piadina bar as a second job on the weekends until he hopes he can open his own little Piadina kiosk like those in Italy.

City Wine has extensive cover for both patrons and exhibitors in case of inclement weather which means the event will go ahead come rain, hail or shine.

Entry includes a souvenir glass, wine tasting, live music with tapas-styled meals available to purchase, sales by the glass and take home wine sales.

Pre purchase tickets can be bought for $28 at or at the gate for $33.

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